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Old 07-28-2010, 02:55 PM
mtmactom mtmactom is offline
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Default Looking at 85 4x4

I am looking at a 1985 Ranger V6 4x4 with an automatic, and a plow, and want to know if there are problem areas I need to worry about. Considering its in Connecticut, and 25 years old there actually isnt that much rust, mostly surface rust other than the passenger side rear fender which is swiss cheese. Supposedly the truck only has 62,000 miles on it which i may actually believe since its an estate sale. The frame has alot of rust on it but I think I would take care of that with some POR-15. It also sounds like the header on the right side may have a leak. How do things like the brake lines, ebrake cable etc. hold up on these trucks?
Seller says plow and 4x4 work fine, they are asking $950, I was thinking of offering $500.

Any thoughts on if this is a good deal, and/or things to watch out for?
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Old 07-29-2010, 06:50 AM
bagdranger bagdranger is offline
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Default Re: Looking at 85 4x4

Not too bad of a deal. I got my 85 for 750 and had to do some love to it. Not alot other than the ignition and carb setup sucks. You can do a simple ignition swap and get better mileage, power and reliability with the new ignition. Those 2.8s have alot of history dating back to the late 70s. PM if you want more info on the ignition swap.
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Old 07-29-2010, 07:53 AM
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Default Re: Looking at 85 4x4

Brake lines are hit and miss. No matter how you look at it, they are going to need work at some point. Most important part though, I could look over them and replace any section that had a significant amount of rust. I've had a brake line fail on me before; if I see one that has significant rust, it gets replaced.

E-brakes cables are probably rusty. If not used frequently, they will become problematic.

2.8Ls need the valves adjusted every so often since it is a solid lifter engine. As stated - the feedback carburetor systems on these trucks can be problematic and difficult to diagnose. Duraspark conversion will simplify the fuel management system.

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