Home Discussion Forum Tech Articles Other Articles Featured Rides Readers Rides Classifieds Shirts & Decals Parts Store

Ford Ranger Discussion Forum

Off-Road Truck Of The Month

'Kona'
June 2014 OTOTM

Mini Truck Of The Month

'Dazzlin' Dave'
June 2014 MTOTM
 
Old 11-11-2013, 12:03 PM   #1
exbass94
Member
 
exbass94's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Guilford, CT
Posts: 3,259
Vehicle Year: 2006, 1994
Vehicle Make: Ford
Vehicle Model: Ranger, Explorer
I use this vehicle for: Pavement Poundin'
Rep Power: 24
exbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really nice
Default 1994 Ford Bronco Build

I never thought I'd be starting my own build thread. This is my first project car. I recently bought a 94 Bronco from my fiancee's parents. They are the original owners. They recently tried selling it with no success. I've always wanted a project car, and Broncos are totally awesome, so I bought it. It has about 220,000 miles on it, but both the engine and transmission have been rebuilt and they only have 30k on them. It has a 5.0 and E4OD. My plans are to fix it up so it's reliable and safe to drive, then fix all the rust, then eventually restore it to like-new condition. I don't plan on off-roading it or modifying it at all; I just want it be pretty much stock, like the way it was in 1994.







Things I need to do first before I can even drive it:
1. Redo the whole front suspension (ball joints, bushings, tie rods, steering box, etc)
1a. After that: get an alignment, then new tires.
2. Replace clock spring and turn signal switch
3. Finish fixing tailgate (more details on that below)
4. Replace rear brakes
5. Fix leaking transmission lines
6. Add this truck to my insurance policy I'm holding off on this for now because I'm not going to drive this at all until I get the above issues fixed. As far as I'm concerned this truck is not drivable and unsafe in the condition it's in. It will take me a few months to get all these issues sorted out (lack of spare time) and it would be a waste of money to pay insurance on a car I'm not even driving.

7. Get the truck registered. I'm holding off on this for 2 reasons: 1. I need to show the DMV a valid insurance card when I register it (See #6) and 2. As of January 2014, this truck will be old enough for antique license plates. I think they look cool and the property tax is cheaper with these plates. So I need to wait until January to register it. Hopefully I'll have issues 1-5 sorted out by then (I doubt it though )

There are many many more things that need to be addressed, but I'm focusing on these first 5 things for now. The tailgate is my first project. The window was stuck closed and thus the tailgate cannot open. The tailgate hasn't been opened in years. Turns out the window regulator is bad. I had to take a sawzall and cut the arms of the regulator off so I could lower the window. Then I opened the tailgate. The driver's side latch is very sticky and the passenger side doesn't latch at all. I need to lube up the latches, fix the rods to the latches, possibly re-align the strikers and just get the talgate opening and closing properly. Then install new regulator. This tailgate will only be used temporarily until I start the body work and fixing rust. This tailgate is very rusted and too far gone to save. Also, the torsion bar spring inside has a bracket that rotted off (common problem), so if I were to open the tailgate with the window all the way down, the window would shatter. Good thing I discovered that before it happened. I disabled the spring for now and will leave it that way until I get a new tailgate. Whew, that was a lot of typing. That's all for now.
__________________
2006 Ford Ranger Sport 4x4 2-dr Extended Cab, 53k miles
1994 Ford Explorer Sport 2-dr 4x4, 189k miles
1992 Honda Accord EX, 172k miles
1994 Ford Bronco XLT (project)
exbass94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Forum Notices (Not shown to 'Premium Members')

 Reminder:

 We're looking for participants to help move our banner from Alaska to Florida: Click HERE.

 Click HERE to see the banner map.

 Want to become a Premium Member & not see these notices? Click HERE.

Want your truck considered for Truck Of The Month? Click HERE.

Don't forget to vote!

Old 11-13-2013, 11:24 AM   #2
exbass94
Member
 
exbass94's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Guilford, CT
Posts: 3,259
Vehicle Year: 2006, 1994
Vehicle Make: Ford
Vehicle Model: Ranger, Explorer
I use this vehicle for: Pavement Poundin'
Rep Power: 24
exbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really nice
Default

The driver's seat track is broken. One of the front bolts snapped off a few years ago, so every time someone sat in the seat, the seat would tilt to one side. Repeated tilting of the seat caused a part of the track to snap off. I bought some used tracks off eBay. The guy was selling the driver's and passenger's as a set. I only need to replace the driver's seat track, so I'll probably try to resell the passenger track to make some of my money back.

I already removed what was left of the broken bolt and installed a new bolt.
__________________
2006 Ford Ranger Sport 4x4 2-dr Extended Cab, 53k miles
1994 Ford Explorer Sport 2-dr 4x4, 189k miles
1992 Honda Accord EX, 172k miles
1994 Ford Bronco XLT (project)
exbass94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2013, 12:29 PM   #3
exbass94
Member
 
exbass94's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Guilford, CT
Posts: 3,259
Vehicle Year: 2006, 1994
Vehicle Make: Ford
Vehicle Model: Ranger, Explorer
I use this vehicle for: Pavement Poundin'
Rep Power: 24
exbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really nice
Default

So like I said, this truck needs new tires. So I've been researching tires. I think I settled on the Cooper Discoverer AT/3. This truck will spend 99% of its time on-road, so I need a good highway tire, but one that looks somewhat aggressive. Must be good in snow. And, must have white lettering on the sidewall. Looks way better than all-black IMO. I was originally thinking of the BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO, but they're only available as an LT tire, whereas the Coopers are P-metric. I think a P-metric tire will be better for road use, they should give better gas mileage, and I won't be towing or hauling anything heavy. Plus, the Coopers are about $100 less than the BFGs.

The truck has 31-10.5-15 LT tires on it now. Equivalent P-metric tires are P265-75R-15, which apparently isn't too common, so my options are limited. But I think the Coopers will be a great choice.

Also, the rear tires on this truck have already been recently replaced. But, they're not the same brand, and they're both cheap Chinese tires.
At first, I was going to
1. pick which rear tire I liked best.
2. Buy 3 more of the same tire and install them
3. Take the rear tire I didn't use and use it as the spare tire (The current spare is bald and needs replaced too)

But, I don't think I would be happy with the performance of either model. (Chinese tires...) Plus, no white lettering! So, the new plan is:
1.Buy 4 new, good tires (Coopers)
2. Take one of the old/"new" rear tires and sell it on Craigslist
3. Take the other rear tire and use it as the spare.

Also, I took that bald spare tire with rusted steel rim off and sold it on Craigslist for $20. My plan for the spare rim:
If you look closely at the pictures, you'll notice that the front passenger rim is slightly different from the other 3 rims. The front passenger rim looks like this:


Whereas the other 3 look like this:


I have no idea why that is; apparently the rim was replaced at one point and they ordered the wrong one. So, I am going to buy a new rim so all four match. Then I'll take that unmatched one and use that for the spare tire. It looks a lot better than the old rusted steel one.
__________________
2006 Ford Ranger Sport 4x4 2-dr Extended Cab, 53k miles
1994 Ford Explorer Sport 2-dr 4x4, 189k miles
1992 Honda Accord EX, 172k miles
1994 Ford Bronco XLT (project)
exbass94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2013, 01:33 PM   #4
exbass94
Member
 
exbass94's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Guilford, CT
Posts: 3,259
Vehicle Year: 2006, 1994
Vehicle Make: Ford
Vehicle Model: Ranger, Explorer
I use this vehicle for: Pavement Poundin'
Rep Power: 24
exbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really nice
Default

By the way, in case you were wondering which Chinese tires are on it, there's a Milestar SL309:

And a Radar RXS-8:


I think the Milestar might be easier to sell, so I might keep the Radar as the spare. Although I think an easier way might be to just list them both on Craigslist and see which sells first.
__________________
2006 Ford Ranger Sport 4x4 2-dr Extended Cab, 53k miles
1994 Ford Explorer Sport 2-dr 4x4, 189k miles
1992 Honda Accord EX, 172k miles
1994 Ford Bronco XLT (project)
exbass94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2013, 09:37 AM   #5
exbass94
Member
 
exbass94's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Guilford, CT
Posts: 3,259
Vehicle Year: 2006, 1994
Vehicle Make: Ford
Vehicle Model: Ranger, Explorer
I use this vehicle for: Pavement Poundin'
Rep Power: 24
exbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really nice
Default

So I know I've been slacking on pictures. I don't have a camera; I usually just take pictures with my phone. And my phone is a piece of crap that needs to be replaced badly. I hope to have some good pics when I get a new phone.

Well, I should've known better than to install a Napa Echlin turn signal switch. Every Echlin part I've ever used has been total garbage, and this switch was no exception. As soon as I turn the ignition on, the windshield wiper turn on for no reason and I have to fiddle with the switch for a minute to get them to turn off. Intermittent settings don't work either. I ordered a Motorcraft from Rockauto and will return this Echlin crap.

Coming from someone who actually works at Napa: Stay away from Echlin parts!!

I also installed a new clock spring which seems to be working well, but I still have an airbag code that I'm trying to get rid of. I created a thread about it HERE.
__________________
2006 Ford Ranger Sport 4x4 2-dr Extended Cab, 53k miles
1994 Ford Explorer Sport 2-dr 4x4, 189k miles
1992 Honda Accord EX, 172k miles
1994 Ford Bronco XLT (project)

Last edited by exbass94; 12-01-2013 at 09:50 AM.
exbass94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2013, 07:47 AM   #6
exbass94
Member
 
exbass94's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Guilford, CT
Posts: 3,259
Vehicle Year: 2006, 1994
Vehicle Make: Ford
Vehicle Model: Ranger, Explorer
I use this vehicle for: Pavement Poundin'
Rep Power: 24
exbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really nice
Default



Some pics from this weekend. This was when I was replacing the clock spring and turn signal switch. Also, you'll see that I removed the stereo and the dash pad over on the passenger side. Years ago, my fiancee's autistic brother was playing with the cigarette lighter and made burn marks on the dash pad. So, I'm going to replace that and that's why it's removed. I had to remove the stereo in order to remove the dash pad, but I'm going to leave it out and get a new different head unit anyway.

My new Motorcraft turn signal switch should be delivered today. Hopefully it works much better than the Echlin one.
__________________
2006 Ford Ranger Sport 4x4 2-dr Extended Cab, 53k miles
1994 Ford Explorer Sport 2-dr 4x4, 189k miles
1992 Honda Accord EX, 172k miles
1994 Ford Bronco XLT (project)
exbass94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2013, 12:05 PM   #7
exbass94
Member
 
exbass94's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Guilford, CT
Posts: 3,259
Vehicle Year: 2006, 1994
Vehicle Make: Ford
Vehicle Model: Ranger, Explorer
I use this vehicle for: Pavement Poundin'
Rep Power: 24
exbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really nice
Default

Just a very quick and minor update: The Motorcraft turn signal switch works great! Which just proves that the Echlin one was a defective piece of crap. I also replaced the center latch assembly for the tailgate, and now the tailgate latches closed and opens perfectly. It looks a little out of alignment and crooked when closed, but since I'm only using it temporarily, I'm leaving it alone. As long as it opens and closes well, that's all I really care about.

Now I have to figure out a wiring issue I didn't have before I started taking this apart. I have no power going to the tailgate at all.
__________________
2006 Ford Ranger Sport 4x4 2-dr Extended Cab, 53k miles
1994 Ford Explorer Sport 2-dr 4x4, 189k miles
1992 Honda Accord EX, 172k miles
1994 Ford Bronco XLT (project)
exbass94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2013, 09:23 AM   #8
exbass94
Member
 
exbass94's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Guilford, CT
Posts: 3,259
Vehicle Year: 2006, 1994
Vehicle Make: Ford
Vehicle Model: Ranger, Explorer
I use this vehicle for: Pavement Poundin'
Rep Power: 24
exbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really nice
Default

I may have hit the jackpot. There's a guy about a mile from my work who is parting out a 95 white Bronco that has only 36k original miles! Looking at the pictures, it looks like it's in great shape. It seems it would be a lot better to just sell it as a running truck. I have no idea why he would want to part it out. Eh, oh well. I'm going to look at it today. I'm too excited to concentrate on my work!

Coming soon (hopefully): New tailgate, power mirror conversion, manual transfer case swap, new steering column, new transmission lines, and much more!

EDIT: I saw the truck. It apparently used to be a police vehicle and used to plow. So, yeah it was pretty beat. It's a little more obvious why it's being parted. The tailgate was way better than mine, but still a little crappy. I'm going to hold out for a brand new one. The transmission lines looked like someone replaced them with some custom bent ones, so I passed on that too.

The truck is parked at a shop and the guy who owns it is the manager. I told him what I want off of it and he's going to remove them for me. They should be ready Saturday. I'm getting the following:
Manual transfer case with shifter, boot, and all linkage
Power mirrors with harnesses and switch
Under hood light and harness
Airbag diagnostic module
That weird coolant line that connects to throttle body
Steering column
Power lumbar parts for the drivers seat

Quite a good score, I think!
__________________
2006 Ford Ranger Sport 4x4 2-dr Extended Cab, 53k miles
1994 Ford Explorer Sport 2-dr 4x4, 189k miles
1992 Honda Accord EX, 172k miles
1994 Ford Bronco XLT (project)

Last edited by exbass94; 12-11-2013 at 08:09 PM.
exbass94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2013, 09:02 AM   #9
exbass94
Member
 
exbass94's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Guilford, CT
Posts: 3,259
Vehicle Year: 2006, 1994
Vehicle Make: Ford
Vehicle Model: Ranger, Explorer
I use this vehicle for: Pavement Poundin'
Rep Power: 24
exbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really nice
Default

I went back to the shop yesterday and the guy still didn't have the parts pulled. He said he was going to finish later that day. I'm going back today after work and hopefully pick them up.

Meanwhile, I still have to finish that damn tailgate. I haven't had a chance to look at that wiring problem yet. Yesterday I cleaned up the rear window, scraped all the old stickers off of it, and fixed the defroster. One of the metal tabs that the wire attaches to broke off and I lost track of it. I had to buy a new one and glue it on.

New tab glued on:

And this is the adhesive kit I used. It's made specifically for this very thing:

__________________
2006 Ford Ranger Sport 4x4 2-dr Extended Cab, 53k miles
1994 Ford Explorer Sport 2-dr 4x4, 189k miles
1992 Honda Accord EX, 172k miles
1994 Ford Bronco XLT (project)
exbass94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2013, 08:29 AM   #10
exbass94
Member
 
exbass94's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Guilford, CT
Posts: 3,259
Vehicle Year: 2006, 1994
Vehicle Make: Ford
Vehicle Model: Ranger, Explorer
I use this vehicle for: Pavement Poundin'
Rep Power: 24
exbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really niceexbass94 is just really nice
Default

I FINALLY picked up the last of the parts last night. I got the following:
Manual transfer case with shifter, all linkage, and shift boot
steering column
both front seats
both side mirrors and all wiring and switches
under-hood light and harness
coolant tube
air bag diagnostic module
cup holders

That oughta keep me busy for a while. Good thing too, because I blew my parts budget big time and need a few months to recover.
I didn't have time to take any pics last night. Those will be coming soon.
__________________
2006 Ford Ranger Sport 4x4 2-dr Extended Cab, 53k miles
1994 Ford Explorer Sport 2-dr 4x4, 189k miles
1992 Honda Accord EX, 172k miles
1994 Ford Bronco XLT (project)
exbass94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump




All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:45 AM.




1999-2014 / 959 Media LLC / All Rights Reserved