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Old 02-15-2011, 03:56 PM
merckx72 merckx72 is offline
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Hi, 2001 ranger edge 95,000 miles. Went for inspection and told unsafe to drive. The frame is completely rusted out. Looks brand new inside and outside a big piece of crap. Anyone fixed a frame on these or welded on new parts?
Any help appreciated.
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Old 02-15-2011, 04:01 PM
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post some pics of where its rusted out at. surface rust is very common with trucks in the rust belt but its not common at all for them to completely rust out, especially in only 10 years.
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Old 02-15-2011, 05:12 PM
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Usually its the spring hangers and shackles that go first, Its not that hard to fix.
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Old 02-15-2011, 05:22 PM
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I got hit by the rust bug. It gave me an excuse to install my shackles.

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Old 02-15-2011, 07:12 PM
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I mean really rusted. The cross bar in the back is 95%rusted through. And you can put your hands through the front part of the frame holding the front suspension on.
It's toast and that's what I explained to ford today. I've seen rust but never been told my truck was undriveable before.
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Old 02-15-2011, 07:14 PM
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damn thats no good, you could sand the frame down and plate the frame, but thats a lot of money and time...
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Old 02-15-2011, 07:52 PM
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Looks like a frame swap is in order...
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Old 02-16-2011, 12:21 PM
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The time,expense and problem of just finding a frame. Can't imagine how much it would cost.
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Old 02-16-2011, 12:34 PM
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You can just donate the truck to me....OR Come to PA and I will help you get one from a junk yard
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Old 02-16-2011, 06:55 PM
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The leaf mounts and shackles are inexpensive and can be replaced in the better part of a day. I've been working on rear frame sections to replace the rusted areas as well as spare tire mnt parts. Send some more pics of the front rusted areas, I love to see that stuff....

Check out my site http://rangerframefix.com/
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Old 02-18-2011, 02:26 PM
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lol ive also had the same thing happen with both of my rear leaf spring brackets on my old ranger. (Sorry for laughing) I said screw it and kept driving. One of the leaf springs actually ate a hole through the bed of my truck.
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Old 03-01-2017, 11:01 AM
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My 1997 Ranger, actually a Mazda B2500 which I had purchased new, now has 289,575 miles on it. Yesterday when I took it in for an annual inspection it was found that the frame has rusted through in several locations. My guess is that they either used recycled steel in these frames or that the thickness was totally inadequate, or quite likely both were contributing factors. Frames in 50's vehicles and earlier were way stronger and many are still road worthy. It's a shame to not be able to use this truck on the road any longer, as it still runs fine, and outside of replacing the rear leaf spring hangers, tires, a couple of batteries, two exhaust systems, an alternator, brakes, front rotors and wheel bearings, and a timing belt at around 225,000 miles, everything is original. The first sign of rust problems on the frame was when the rear spring hangers had to be replaced, about 7 years ago, and then last year there was one rusted through section on the frame which required welding in a reinforcement in order to pass inspection. Just one more year and now there are multiple holes rusted through on the frame. Now I guess I'll just keep it around as a farm truck to carry light loads until the frame breaks or the engine dies. Replacing the frame would be a huge job that I wouldn't want to deal with at my age.

By the way, I used to get around 25 mpg with this truck, but built and installed a Hydrogen booster that gave me an average of 32 mpg. Here's a link where you can see the booster unit and details about a modification I made to the original plans after experiencing burns on the original PVC cap. See the "Explanatory Document File," which explains why the burns occurred, and how I solved that problem.
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Old 03-01-2017, 11:44 AM
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by the way, i used to get around 25 mpg with this truck, but built and installed a hydrogen booster that gave me an average of 32 mpg. here's a link where you can see the booster unit and details about a modification i made to the original plans after experiencing burns on the original pvc cap. See the "explanatory document file," which explains why the burns occurred, and how i solved that problem.
wtf?
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Old 03-01-2017, 01:07 PM
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He's a spammer someone whack him please.
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Old 03-27-2017, 06:51 PM
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I spray my frame twice a year with a shutz sprayer using cheap Tractor Supply Bar & Chain oil I get for $7.99 a gallon. Bar & Chain oil is sticky and has rust inhibitors in it and it works great. Never too late to do it, spray it right over the rust and it will slow down the rust progression by quite a bit.

It is super easy to remove the tail lights and spray oil inside the rear quarter. The oil will run down into where the inner and outer fenders are spot welded above the rear tire. This is a corrosion trouble spot on the Ranger and doing this once a year eliminates that. Also, don't forget to surface grease the inside bottom of the doors and tailgate to stop corrosion there from forming and moving up on the outside of the door. See this a lot here North of the Woodchucks.

Endless battle fighting corrosion. You will never win, just try to keep from losing too bad.
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