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Old 03-20-2011, 05:58 PM
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Default 2004 Front End vs. 2003 hood latch...need help

I bought a 2003 4x4 4.0 Ford Ranger for $500 that had some front end damage to the core support and right part of the core support.

I looked and looked and all I found was a 2004 Ranger front end, so I drilled that off the truck. Swap went well. Since there are more 04 front end parts available, and I got a hood for cheap I figured I'd go with the 04 grille and other parts.

Problem: New header panel (thing that holds headlights and grille to the core support) collides with the hood latch secondary release. Is there a difference between the 03 and 04 hood latches?

Thanks,

Jeremy

P.S. New belt, radiator, core support, hood, fender, rt side glass, windshield, battery, condensor, and lights...almost done installing everything. Runs great. Just can't get header panel on.
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Old 03-20-2011, 06:50 PM
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Default Re: 2004 Front End vs. 2003 hood latch...need help

04 and newer the drivers side hood hinge is different.

That may be causing some of your problems. I think the latch is the same.
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Old 03-20-2011, 06:56 PM
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Default Re: 2004 Front End vs. 2003 hood latch...need help

The latch is different, the handle sticks up further on the newer trucks because of the way the grill goes up into the hood.

x2 on the hinge...
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Default Re: 2004 Front End vs. 2003 hood latch...need help

So if you swap 04+ on a older truck Hood latch and driver side hood.

I knew the hinge for sure was made backwards or something.
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Old 03-20-2011, 10:58 PM
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Default Re: 2004 Front End vs. 2003 hood latch...need help

Yeah, with the driver hinge, that would make so much sense, monkeyed with that thing for an hour to get to the hood mostly straight. Also, the latch secondary lever stuck out too far into the grill so at least temporarily till I get an 04 latch, I just cut the handle with a grinder. Works fine and got the front end together.

Got to drive my truck for the first time today. Bought for $500 8 months ago.
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Old 03-21-2011, 10:01 PM
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Default Re: 2004 Front End vs. 2003 hood latch...need help

Ordered new hinge today. Thanks for your help!
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