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Old 07-22-2010, 01:06 PM
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Hi folks,

I'm 30, work in Silicon Valley, and I want to buy a used Ford Ranger for fun/side jobs.

For the most part, I'm joining the forum to read about older model Rangers. My budget is around $2k, and I have no idea what to look out for when buying a 90's or even late 80's Ranger. What I do know is I want a manual tranny since I don't know how to drive one. Also, I hope to do all the maintenance work myself since I would like to learn some auto repair (more than just oil changes).

I've been scouring craigslist for weeks now, but I don't really have the confidence to offer on any of the postings yet.

Anyways, I hope to learn much and eventually contribute if I find a good deal.
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Old 07-22-2010, 01:10 PM
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im sure you can find a cheaply priced mid 90's ranger with what your looking for, do you want to lift it with big ass tires, or slam it with some cool lookin rims, or just leave it stock height?
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Old 07-22-2010, 01:22 PM
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im sure you can find a cheaply priced mid 90's ranger with what your looking for, do you want to lift it with big ass tires, or slam it with some cool lookin rims, or just leave it stock height?
I think I'll leave it stock. Do folks normally buy carfax reports for trucks they're interested in? I'm seeing a rate of 5 reports for $45.
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Old 07-22-2010, 01:23 PM
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id ask the person for service records and such
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Old 07-22-2010, 01:33 PM
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I found this one for $1k,
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/cto/1856495453.html

But this is the picture he sent me...


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Old 07-22-2010, 01:54 PM
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Old 07-22-2010, 01:56 PM
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Old 07-22-2010, 02:04 PM
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Old 07-22-2010, 02:45 PM
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I would skip on that one for 1K
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Old 07-22-2010, 02:48 PM
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actually, you can find alot of parts on cert fit, and dezert-rangers.com, they sell all their stock parts on that site because they get fiberglass parts.
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Old 07-22-2010, 03:00 PM
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Welcome!! I have a 93 2wd for sale but I'm in PA!!!
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Old 07-22-2010, 03:18 PM
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I would skip on that one for 1K
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actually, you can find alot of parts on cert fit, and dezert-rangers.com, they sell all their stock parts on that site because they get fiberglass parts.
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Welcome!! I have a 93 2wd for sale but I'm in PA!!!
Thanks for the warm welcome!

Yea, I think that 1K one is out of my league considering I've never done bodywork before.

I'm patient, I will keep reading and wait for a good deal on craigslist.
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Old 07-22-2010, 03:24 PM
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bolting stuff on, and body work is not the same lol. ive had to replace my front end twice due to wrecks and ive done it infront of my house in the street with hand tools.
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Old 07-22-2010, 03:49 PM
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bolting stuff on, and body work is not the same lol. ive had to replace my front end twice due to wrecks and ive done it infront of my house in the street with hand tools.
Yea, maybe it's easier than I think. But, that $1k truck is missing the entire frontend, including headlights. I should probably do some research on what's entailed in getting that back up to road ready.

But, this one can be had for $2.2k,
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/ctd/1857060220.html
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Old 07-22-2010, 03:50 PM
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