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Old 04-04-2010, 11:35 AM
Oh2Ranger Oh2Ranger is offline
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Default 900$ Ranger - Help! Didn't see before bought..

I own a 2002 2wd Duratec XLT already, that is my daily and commuter, but I stumbled across another ranger on craigslist that I thought was a hot deal.

I bought a 1998 4.0 5r55e 4x4 XLT with all the power options, bed liner, straight body, and a rebuilt engine all for 900 bucks. Kicker was the tranny was toast. Lost reverse and slipping real bad in all forward gears. I drove it home ~ 30 miles and put it on ramps and started tearing into removing the trans. Then - I - Saw - It. The front cross member is all kinds of beat up. I bought the truck at night (bad, I know) but he had others interested in it right behind me. The title is clean, and it drove straight, didn't pull, or make any funny or awkward noises, but it sure looks rough:






The owner said that he drove it like that the entire time he had it, and the owner before him was the one who had to have done the damage.

I don't know much about welding, so I really don't know what can be fixed and what cant. I don't plan to jump stumps with this thing, it will mainly be a road vehicle.

Can this be fixed, does it look ok to drive on? How could I fix it? What kinda money am I looking at?

Thanks, appreciate the help guys ::icon_welder:
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Old 04-04-2010, 12:04 PM
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Default Re: 900$ Ranger - Help! Didn't see before bought..

that looks a little scary, time for a SAS
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Old 04-04-2010, 12:07 PM
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Hahaha very convincing..
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Old 04-04-2010, 12:24 PM
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Heres a few pictures incase your eyes aren't sore enough..



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Old 04-04-2010, 12:46 PM
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Default Re: 900$ Ranger - Help! Didn't see before bought..

ouch
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Old 04-04-2010, 02:49 PM
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Default Re: 900$ Ranger - Help! Didn't see before bought..

i think its safe to say that truck took something out one day
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Old 04-04-2010, 03:10 PM
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Default Re: 900$ Ranger - Help! Didn't see before bought..

Anything can be fixed. It's going to cost you though, I'd say drive it. If you are beating it up off road like some of us it'll run fine. Find out what you can replace with out cutting into it, then I'd also say take it to someone who can take an honest look at it and see what they can do to fix it right.

On another note...Ouch
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Old 04-04-2010, 05:01 PM
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Default Re: 900$ Ranger - Help! Didn't see before bought..

It doesnt look too bad.. If it drives fine then leave it as is imo.. $900 still seems a fair price too me, for a 98 4x4 all power! I payed $1000 for mine, was overheated and still missing some body parts
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Old 04-05-2010, 12:04 AM
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Default Re: 900$ Ranger - Help! Didn't see before bought..

Yeah, it drove fine from what I could tell. My initial drive home was fairly gentle (having to nurse the trans because it was slipping so bad)

I guess after I get the trans in there I can get a better feel for it. I'm not very hard on my trucks, I'll load em up, use em for work, I don't go out and stump jump like the idiot that had it before me must have done.

I just don't want it to be a safety problem. It looks like the LCA is supposed to pivot .. and it doesn't look like it can .. So I dunno..

On another note, my torsion bars, do they look right to you? (Im new to torsion) the driver side has the torsion bar more recessed in the LCA where as the bar in the passenger side looks like it's sticking out the front further?
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