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Old 09-05-2009, 12:33 AM
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im new to this forum, but truly greatful that im able to be among others that enjoy Ford rangers well heres the details
1985 auto Ford Ranger XL V6 Blue
its my first truck and i use it to go to school almost every day here are some problems

1. my gas meter is confusing telling me im almost empty knowing i filled it
2. my dash is cracked would love to know how to replace
3. is it possible to fit a subwoofer in the cab of truck, room in there is small
4. my AC works but not heater
5. i want to make my truck louder and bad ass what should i do to make it stand out and have some power under the hood
thank you for your time to look this over.
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Old 09-05-2009, 01:05 AM
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Welcome to FRF! I wouldn't be much help with your questions (yet!), but I'll bet there are others here who will be. (Normally you'd want to start a thread for each problem in it's appropriate section though.)

While you're working on getting those answers, we'd love to see pics of your vehicle!
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Old 09-05-2009, 01:29 AM
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Old 09-05-2009, 06:03 AM
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Old 09-05-2009, 11:20 AM
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Old 09-05-2009, 04:59 PM
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Ruben Welcome!
Regarding your dash; do you want to fix the crack or replace the dash.
If it cracked for heat it's possible to use the vinyl repair kit. The direction are pretty easy just make sure that you have everything ready at one time to include your iron being hot so that the vinyl jell won't start setting before you get it applied.

If you're going to replace it make sure that you label where the nut come off. Your radio and ash tray will come out first, then the panel below the steering. Remember to label the nuts, I have leftover nut after putting my back together.

Behind the side panels there will be other nuts that need to come apart.
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Old 09-05-2009, 05:01 PM
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Check your state ordinance for noise polution, but straight pipes will be the easiest way to make noise.
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Old 09-05-2009, 07:51 PM
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im sure i would try to fix my dash thank you
tomorrow ill have photos of 85'
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Old 09-05-2009, 09:53 PM
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WELCOME!

You need to post your problems, then we will try to help you fix them.

Until then, try this site: LMC Truck Parts - Page 1

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Old 09-05-2009, 09:59 PM
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A flow master will make it sound beastly as well but i like the straight pipes idea
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Old 02-15-2011, 10:29 PM
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FUEL GUAGE REPLY:


I had the same problem with the gas gauge. I first replace the gas sender in the tank. It would be one reading then the other upon starting it up again. I replaced the sender. Still no reading...

replaced the fuel gauge from a Bronco II, Still no reading... Replaced the Bi-Metal/heater thingy behind the instrument cluster. Bingo! Working fuel gauge.

Mine, has the idiot light, so I also had to modify the gauge face plat for the idiot lights. Looks good, and works right..

Oh, and welcome to the forum.... I actually love it here, They are all a bunch of great guys!

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QUESTION #2

Cracked dash... I found one that has no cracks but the top is sun faded. I found one in the junk yard. Going to order a sheet of new red vinyl. The cracks will pimple through a little if you put it over the cracks... But then, I am piticular cause it's gotta be perfect for car shows... (Okay guyes here it comes).... My 1985 "Antique Ranger" is in the restoration stages. Are you planning on getting it back to show room condition, or close to?

There are also dash coverings that can be purchased that fit directly over the front. I thought about those but I am still un desided.

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im new to this forum, but truly greatful that im able to be among others that enjoy Ford rangers well heres the details
1985 auto Ford Ranger XL V6 Blue
its my first truck and i use it to go to school almost every day here are some problems

1. my gas meter is confusing telling me im almost empty knowing i filled it
2. my dash is cracked would love to know how to replace
3. is it possible to fit a subwoofer in the cab of truck, room in there is small
4. my AC works but not heater
5. i want to make my truck louder and bad ass what should i do to make it stand out and have some power under the hood
thank you for your time to look this over.
Question #3
Probally not. Not 12's or 10's, espically the box. Perhaps if you use thin design you can make the complete behind the seat a speaker box out of ply wood. Buit the back of the seats will muffle the lows and mids to a muddy type of sound.

Question #4
If the heater blower isen't blowing, make sure you have power to the blower. You'll need a VOM meter with the heater on measure the voltage on high. If voltage the motor is blown. Sometimes if you remove the blower the squirel cage has durt and buildup and the motor is obstructed. If no power, could be the heater switch. before all the above check the fuse if you haven't done so allready.

Question #5
Lets see, In my teen days, we used Glass pack or Thrush mufflers. But, straight pipes will be the loudest. Might want to check and see if it's legal though.

See replys to the other question in this thread.
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Old 02-15-2011, 11:27 PM
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:47 AM
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:16 AM
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FUEL GUAGE REPLY:


I had the same problem with the gas gauge. I first replace the gas sender in the tank. It would be one reading then the other upon starting it up again. I replaced the sender. Still no reading...

replaced the fuel gauge from a Bronco II, Still no reading... Replaced the Bi-Metal/heater thingy behind the instrument cluster. Bingo! Working fuel gauge.

Mine, has the idiot light, so I also had to modify the gauge face plat for the idiot lights. Looks good, and works right..

Oh, and welcome to the forum.... I actually love it here, They are all a bunch of great guys!

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QUESTION #2

Cracked dash... I found one that has no cracks but the top is sun faded. I found one in the junk yard. Going to order a sheet of new red vinyl. The cracks will pimple through a little if you put it over the cracks... But then, I am piticular cause it's gotta be perfect for car shows... (Okay guyes here it comes).... My 1985 "Antique Ranger" is in the restoration stages. Are you planning on getting it back to show room condition, or close to?

There are also dash coverings that can be purchased that fit directly over the front. I thought about those but I am still un desided.

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Question #3
Probally not. Not 12's or 10's, espically the box. Perhaps if you use thin design you can make the complete behind the seat a speaker box out of ply wood. Buit the back of the seats will muffle the lows and mids to a muddy type of sound.

Question #4
If the heater blower isen't blowing, make sure you have power to the blower. You'll need a VOM meter with the heater on measure the voltage on high. If voltage the motor is blown. Sometimes if you remove the blower the squirel cage has durt and buildup and the motor is obstructed. If no power, could be the heater switch. before all the above check the fuse if you haven't done so allready.

Question #5
Lets see, In my teen days, we used Glass pack or Thrush mufflers. But, straight pipes will be the loudest. Might want to check and see if it's legal though.

See replys to the other question in this thread.
Glad your replying to a thread thats over 17 months old and the OP has 4 posts. I'm SURE he'll be reading your comments.
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