Kirbys 1991 Ranger Build Up and Solid Axle Swap


Kirby N.

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I made some different mounts for the sides of the bed sides. The ones I had just weren't tough enough. liked what some others recommended from auto fab:



With the new side mounted, they both look pretty close and they are with a tape too.



Here are some more shots of my highlift mount. I have been running it for the past couple weeks. No problems. I think it will be good for the long haul:








I am really happy with it. I have had the highlift floating around in the extended cab for too long. Its a pain to move around. Now it can stay right there until I need it. Also glad I got it done before paint.

Which is whats next...


Paint! I started tearing out all the interior and the windows and stripping the doors because paint is next. It goes in on July 5 for paint.

I decided not to repaint it the stock color. I have a color in mind- but what color would you paint it if you were painting it?
 


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Well, I had a setback. My core support is rusted bad.

So I removed the body mount bushings and those body mounts suck. I went to the pull and pay today and it took me 3 tries, but I finally got off a set of front core support body mounts that were in good shape.

I spent the rest of the day fine tuning my passenger side front fender. I got a good reveal that I am happy with. Only took a long time.

I initially utilized the stock fender mounts hacked off the original fenders. That wasn't really strong and was hard to get the gaps fine tuned.

Also, this fender had 3/4" too much material in the bottom area before the lowest mount making it stick out at the bottom. To resolve that, I cut the fender, overlapped it and screwed it together. I hope my body guy can smooth it out and make it look right.

Then, I had some extra tabs from Ballistic I bought- so I made some better fender mounts using the autofab grommets and the tabs that were supplied on the backside of the fenders. I like that they are hidden this way. I also put one behind the light on the front for a little more strength. Here they are tacked in





And welded up: (if you look close you can see the front mount too)




I was able to get the door reveal almost perfect this way- and I am satisfied. A little work with the flap disc and it was dialed.

I am going to do the same to the passenger fender next, then after I get it done and removed for welding, it will be time to start cutting out the core support. My body guy ordered me a core support- should be here soon.

No paint ideas?
 

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That truck would look good even if you painted it with multiple colors of your wife's left over finger nail polish...

I like the non-metalic gray and tan you see now days. No matter what color you choose... it won't hide the coolness.
 

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Photobucket broke the internet- but my truck is done with paint. It took from July-November for it to get done with paint and for me to get it back together. I am really happy with it. I decided on Calvary Blue non metallic.

Here it is the day I picked up the cab.
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Started putting it back together.
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The inner fenders were a challenge. Started with a set of inners from a 1997. trimmed down and riveted.

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Then built some templates and cut out some sections or ABS plastic to over the gaps.

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Then I took it had the interior and under the doors Rhino lined. I moved the wiring off the floor to the roof for the rear speakers and fixed the seat belt light and inertia switch. No wires necessary for those anymore.

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Drove it for a week or two with no bed- waiting on it to be done and to get it rhino ed. Also put on a new winch cable.
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The day the bed went on.


I got it lined and got the thing operating quick so I could take it hunting.

Installed an High Output ARB compressor and hooked up the front locker. Need to get the rear installed.

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Looks really good....

and elk nachos!!
 

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Yep... snow... lots of it.

Well… You built yourself a bad ass little truck Kirby. Glad you are out enjoying it.

@Jim Oaks … thought you might have had this one slip by your ever watchful eye?
 

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Yep... snow... lots of it.

Well… You built yourself a bad ass little truck Kirby. Glad you are out enjoying it.

@Jim Oaks … thought you might have had this one slip by your ever watchful eye?
Ya, I need to feature this!
 


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