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  1. #1
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    Default my new daily driver-I hope :)

    Bought this little gem from a guy at work a few days ago. hoping to get her running in the next couple of weeks...

    1998 ford ranger 4cyl 2wd 5sp. has air but really no other options. was bought brand new off the lot by a guy I work with. has 140000 on the clock. he had new tires put on last year along with 2axle brake job. cluch was done less than 2 months ago. blew head gasket going to work last week. mechanic told him one cylinder fried and gasket gone. sounds more like just a gasket. either way, $200 for gasket, or $500 for a used motor.
    only gave $600 for it. body is completely straight minus the front bumper brackets needing to be straightened out, but bumper doesn't have a scratch on it. truck was hit by a forklift in the tailgate 3 years ago, fixed and replaced. only accident in it's history...

    think I scored pretty good if I can get her going....
    time to park the big ford and drive the baby ford. 26mpg vs 12mpg..
    '06 Supra Launch 20SSV-gone but never forgotten

  2. #2
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    Something about those old Rangers. Have a buddy that has one with 300K on it. For what you paid, even with a motor replacement is WELL WORTH it. GREAT buy.
    -Mark
    2005 LSV
    Tow w/:
    Volkswagen Touareg V8
    Mods: Stereo, Stainless Cup Holders and Thru Hulls, Chrome Steering Wheel, EZ Nets, Moomba Etched Cleats

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  3. #3
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    My first truck was a 1984 dodge power ram 4x4. I had it for like months. My second truck was a 1995 ford ranger 4 cyl 5 speed reg cab. Only option was AC and sliding rear window! I racked up 219,000 miles on mine with no problems other than an alternator. I got 400 miles on the 16 gallon tank and it started every time i turned the key. I only got rid of it because I wrecked it and upgraded to a newer bigger ranger. After I wrecked it I sold it to a buddy I worked with for 500 bucks who strapped the front end to a tree, pulled it out, put on a new radiator, water pump, and fan and now he drives it. Even after it was wrecked it fired right up when I turned the key.
    David

    2008 Mobius LSV, Gravity III , Wake Plate, Z5, Exile SX65c's, Exile XM9s, Exile XI12D, Exile Harpoon, Exile SM600.1 , Exile Xi800.4.

  4. #4
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    I'm a huge Ranger fan

    My last vehicle was a 1998 Mazda B3000 and I'm presently driving a 2004 Ranger 4.0L 4X4.

    This hauls my boat around town effortlesly.

  5. #5
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    Nice little truck Sandm ive been toying with this exact idea driving 27 miles one way to work is costing my 2 gallons of diesel at 4 bucks a gallon. The reason these rangers run so well especially the 4cyn is the 2.4Lt is has in it is the 5.0 of the 4 banger world. Its a tested and true milage engine. Very simple design not a ton of HP or Torque so very little stress on the engine and not a lot of computer parts since its a simple engine. Also since there isnt a lot of options theres less to break. Excellent find my friend.
    Malo <--- Means--Evil or Mean One. This explains a lot.
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  6. #6
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    good score! Sure looks clean, and can't beat a 1-owner vehicle of whom you know the owner and history.
    '00 Moomba Kamberra
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  7. #7
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    i think the newer ones with the 2.4l are DOHC, mine was the old school 2.3l SOHC. like a tank man, not fast at all but it NEVER broke.
    David

    2008 Mobius LSV, Gravity III , Wake Plate, Z5, Exile SX65c's, Exile XM9s, Exile XI12D, Exile Harpoon, Exile SM600.1 , Exile Xi800.4.

  8. #8
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    Why in the world can they not make trucks like this any longer? I mean seriously. Is it just bc all of the extra junk that they are putting in them now? Heated side mirrors, back up cameras, blah, blah blah......

    Just give me one that will run and for a very long time before breaking down.....
    -Mark
    2005 LSV
    Tow w/:
    Volkswagen Touareg V8
    Mods: Stereo, Stainless Cup Holders and Thru Hulls, Chrome Steering Wheel, EZ Nets, Moomba Etched Cleats

    "Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, bc your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."

    -John Wooden

  9. #9
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    well, after piddling around with this for a few hours here and there, finally bit the bullet and took 1/2 day off yesterday and finished up this morning.

    IT RUNS!!!!

    so excited to finally turn the 12mpg tow rig into just that, a driveway queen tow rig....
    total cost for the ford:
    truck-$600
    engine-$400
    parts/supplies-$126
    beer for engine hoist rental-$18
    total-$1144

    not too shabby for a '98 one owner rig that probably books out at $3k

    was very satisfying to hear the engine fire up this morning first time. guess I still have the mechanic skills in me....
    '06 Supra Launch 20SSV-gone but never forgotten

  10. #10
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    Awesome DIY sandm. I wish I had just an ounce of mechanical skills so I could do some of my own work
    Jason

    Go Hard or Go Home.......it's MOOMBA time!!

    2009 Moomba Mobius LSV

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