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Old 08-29-2016, 02:06 PM
phlowtey phlowtey is offline
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Default Replace Rear Frame or Sell for Parts/Repair?

I have a 1999 Ranger that is in good mechanical condition, no body rust other than on the tailgate, and with a clean interior. The bad...the rear frame is rusted into a delicious flaky pie-crust. I have limited experience but am confident that I could replace the rear half of the frame with decent success even though it would take a month of Sundays. KBB puts the value at $1200-1500. The project would likely cost $800-1200. Should I go for the repair, trade it in for $250, part it out and then scrap the rest, or just scrap it now?
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Old 08-29-2016, 03:05 PM
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Default Re: Replace Rear Frame or Sell for Parts/Repair?

How much do you like the truck?

Do you like doing projects and not caring if it isn't worth it to others?

You know the history of this truck, the next car is only what you're told.

Only you can decide what the best option for you is.
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Old 08-29-2016, 06:11 PM
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I have a 1999 Ranger that is in good mechanical condition, no body rust other than on the tailgate, and with a clean interior. The bad...the rear frame is rusted into a delicious flaky pie-crust. I have limited experience but am confident that I could replace the rear half of the frame with decent success even though it would take a month of Sundays. KBB puts the value at $1200-1500. The project would likely cost $800-1200. Should I go for the repair, trade it in for $250, part it out and then scrap the rest, or just scrap it now?
You can probably buy a clean frame identical to your truck for +/- $800.. Just have to find the time and location and have the tools to take your body off the frame and slap it on the new one. Again like Kealel said, if the truck is worth that much to you, and don't want to risk not knowing the history of another truck, go ahead and scrap/sell yours and buy a new one.

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Old 08-29-2016, 06:49 PM
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Default Re: Replace Rear Frame or Sell for Parts/Repair?

just how bad is the rear frame? unless it's cracked, has big holes or is paper thin you can spend some time with a wire brush and some black oil based paint and have it looking pretty good. I've got my bed off doing this right now trying to keep it from getting worse.
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Old 08-30-2016, 03:28 AM
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Default Re: Replace Rear Frame or Sell for Parts/Repair?

It is not cost effective to replace the frame.
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Old 08-30-2016, 07:25 PM
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Default Re: Replace Rear Frame or Sell for Parts/Repair?

I guess it all depends on the mileage and if you can have it idle for quite some time. Just check this video for some encouragement.
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Old 08-30-2016, 08:01 PM
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WOW! Small world.......I grew up outside of New Bedford by the Villa Maria and have family in New Wilmington, New Castle, and NE OH.

As to your post, I reckon the hardest part is to find a GOOD rear frame section that isn't as bad as yours.

But on a good note, the 98 ups are 2 piece frames, just have to drill out 16 rivets and use Grade 8 hardware in place of them. I've done it before on a 99 a few years back.

Also, here's a thread on a Sister site of a similar project:
Rivets to bolts
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