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Old 10-23-2015, 09:11 PM   #21
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Nice job.
Thank you! It wasn't as difficult as I had expected but took longer than anticipated. I think I have a PhD in ball joint and bushing pressing now. :-)

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That is one beautiful 1st gen.
Thank you! She's taking shape but still lots of work left ahead. I just wished I had more time to work on her.
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Old 10-24-2015, 09:29 PM   #22
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My daughter took some pics of the new suspension from underneath...they're too good not to post. Her Nikon is far superior to my phone.

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Old 11-01-2015, 12:05 PM   #23
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One final pic of the front suspension from the front with both axles in view.



Now, turning attention to the interior. The condition of the interior was one of the selling points of the truck for me. As stated before, the dash pad is in great shape with only a few small cracks in front of the cubby hole. The seat, carpet, and headliner are well preserved as are the door panels and trim pieces. The problem areas were the instrument cluster, bezel, and high use plastic pieces (such as the hood latch handle) that were brittle with age and the oven-like temperatures courtesy of the Tucson sunshine and Ford windshield greenhouse effect. PO installed an aftermarket radio which, of course, was replaced. The bezel buckled under the intense temperatures. The hood latch handle came off in my hand with only a few pulls. Though not covered here, to replace it you must replace the entire hood latch cable assembly.

First up is the audio.

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Found a factory AM/FM/Cassette player at the Pull-A-Part. Cost = $14.95



Of course, the backlight bulb was burned. Here is how I replaced it:

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After: Back to stock!



Next was the bezel.

Before: Heat altered.



If heat bent it, heat should help bend it back. I used a heat gun and some clamps to get it back in shape. If you try this, heat the bezel slowly...just to the point it's pliable. Any more and what ever you use to flatten it back out will leave an impression.



After a couple rounds of heat and reshaping:



After:



Now to the instrument cluster. I replaced the ammeter and temperature gauges and refreshed all the fluorescent orange needles and markings. Associated costs already covered in previous post.

Before: (face in the reflection is the salesman I bought her from)



After: With repaired bezel and refreshed gauges:





And finally, some views of the overall interior. Key components to restoration: Elbow Grease and patience.















Costs to Sort Interior:
Gauges (previously covered): $41.90
Hood Release Cable Assembly: $8.95
Ford Factory AM/FM/Cassette Radio: $14.95
New Brake, Clutch, and Parking Brake pedal pads = $16
Various Cleaning Products: $10

Total = $91.80

Next up: Transmission. My intent is to remanufacture her original legs.

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Old 11-08-2015, 11:38 PM   #24
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Your Ranger just keeps getting better, nice work.
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Old 11-09-2015, 12:09 AM   #25
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Making me miss my 86 I lost to a wild fire. Nice work.
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Old 11-11-2015, 09:18 PM   #26
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Thanks! Yours is looking as good as ever, too. I'm still looking for the right folks to remanufacture my transmission. I can buy a remanufactured transmission and send my back as a core. But I want to keep the numbers matching equipment so it's a little more challenging. I do enjoy the chase, though.

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Thanks! I had an '86, too...bought brand new. I hate you lost yours to a wild fire. That's certainly not a way I would think to lose one.
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My Ranger is 29-years-young today! Winter has interrupted the garage time and larger projects but still chipping away at the little ones. Recently replaced the passenger side fold away mirror which had a huge scuff mark and lugnuts all the way around...both are NOS. Planning the spring thaw projects that include removing the bed to get after the drive shaft, u-joint, leaf springs, rear axle and differential, gas tank and fuel pump in addition to remanufacturing the transmission, replacing the clutch assembly and rear main seal. Again, using only genuine Ford parts. Parts are stockpiling.

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NOS fold away mirror: $50
Lugnuts: $37 (20 @ $1.85 ea)

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After: Back to stock!

Now that is dedication right there.

I have thought about taking one of those apart and making a dummy removable face to make it look "correct" at shows but haven't got around to it and am not sure I will. My Alpine has kind of a retro early 90's look to it. I still have my stock radio, it was just an AM/FM.

I am making mine a "restomod" I want it to look fairly stock with some kinda period upgrades, I need to do a lot more bodywork than a polish though...

I never knew "needle paint" existed, that is cool.

Mine turned 31 years old exactly a week ago.

If you want you can email Ford and they can look up your exact build date and what options it shipped with originally. It took me a couple weeks but it was free.
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This is beautiful. Following for sure


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Truck looks amazing. Great score!
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