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Old 06-29-2011, 04:15 AM
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I have single cab '93 4x4 4.0 auto w/ 450,xxx. still runs and drives. suspension is shot, steering bushings/ball joints/... are shot. every fluid leaks copiously, except tranny and diff. tranny fluid smells burnt though. 4x4 doesn't work so I haven't inspected the t-case. minimal rust, new tires and smashed in front. I want to rebuild this truck, but I have no idea where to start. what year rangers can I swap non-engine parts with, and which parts am i better off replacing new? Or better yet, could someone direct me to existing threads that might help... thanks for helping.
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:30 PM
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:40 PM
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hope you picked it up CHEAP.. thats gonna cost at least a grand to get road worthy again and ALOT of elbow grease
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Old 06-30-2011, 06:07 AM
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That's a LOT of work there. I guess, I would start with the drivetrain first then the suspension.
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Old 06-30-2011, 05:40 PM
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scrap prices are pretty high these days... could scrap it then use that money to buy one thats road worthy.
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Old 06-30-2011, 06:52 PM
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Get up tomorrow morning and put your shoes on the wrong feet. After walking around all day that way you'll have a feel for what you'd be getting into.
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Old 06-30-2011, 07:26 PM
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Old 06-30-2011, 07:44 PM
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how long can it sit till you absolutely need it? maybe go ahead and do a junkyard SAS for the front, idk about the motor maybe start with gaskets if it just leaks??

good luck man I'm in the same boat, just not as bad lol
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Old 07-01-2011, 06:28 AM
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Old 07-01-2011, 06:37 AM
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Anyways, i hope the truck was handed down to you, or you paid 2 bucks for it. BUt 450xxx miles, damn.

Well first, before you do any engine work, see if anything elxe is wrong with the chassis or suspension, like IE rusted frame, broken suspension components. Really if the truck already is running, just leaking everywhere, get the suspension fixed.

Now to the engine
If the trans fluid smells burnt, its probably never been changed or only once. And what color is it? If its anything other than red, its burnt.

Determine where all your leaks are coming from and see how they could be fixed, also make sure the clock isnt cracked, will be hard to tell, or buy a whole gasket rebuild kit from your local auto parts store.

You say its literally leaking everything, so i take it coolant, oil and an exhaust leak. Just work on sourcing out the problems and go from there
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Old 07-01-2011, 08:53 AM
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Sorry, my post wasn't as infomative on on point as your post in the fluid thread

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Old 07-04-2011, 01:40 PM
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thanks for the responses. forgot i posted this... yes I got it fairly cheap. 500 then 200 for new exhaust and the front end pulled out and new grill. definitely going with suspension first. And however much money i put in will still be better than spending more for a nicer used truck then fixing everything that goes wrong. this way the truck is practically new/rebuilt for far cheaper.
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Old 07-04-2011, 02:08 PM
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that type of thinking can save you money if this truck doesnt turn out to be a PITA. I hope you can do all the work yourself, it could get expensive
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:34 PM
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can't do all of it myself , but I've got friends and family to help with the overly technical stuff
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:38 PM
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id use yours as a parts truck and find another one thats a 93-97
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