My name is Jake, and I own a 1990 Ranger XLT, 2.9L V6, 5 speed, 4x4. I'm the second owner on it, and I've had it since June 2005. It's a great little truck, but after sitting in "storage" for a number of years while I was deployed to the middle east, she's degraded into something that isn't road worthy.
I do have a plan for it, but right now it is on hold, as I don't have the finances to make anything happen.
I plan to start off with a complete tear-down until i get a rolling frame, blast, repair, box-in, and powdercoat the frame.
Next, I have to acquire a 302, 5 speed transmission, and a transfer case (I'm thinking about putting an NP208 in it), and solid front and rear Dana 44s or a solid front 44 and a rear 9".
I would like the engine to be a carb engine, but I don't know if it'll be easier to strip the wiring harness down for the carb engine, or if it'll be easier to get an 87-96 F150 donor truck and swap the electrics over. That part is still the source of debate between my brother and myself.
When the driveline is done, and mounted to the frame, then I'll work on the body.
The plan for the body is to get all the rust and dents repaired, painted a dark British Racing Green with silver Boss Mustang racing stripes, Rhino rockers, Rhino-lined underside, remount the grill guard, roll bar and wire up all 8 130-watt KC Daylighers.
It's an ambitious project, but I paid $2000 cash for the truck, and I kinda want to keep it around for a good long while.
That was taken between deployments, sometime in 2007 or 2008.