Sup guys. I've got a 2002 Ford Ranger 2.3L that is in pretty rough shape. It's a long story but here goes. 2 years ago my sister dated this gigantic douche bag for a while. For some reason yet to be determined, she decided to take out a loan and buy him a truck because he didn't have a car but he had a job. So she picks up this Ranger from a small lot and it's in good shape. It used to be a fleet vehicle but it didn't have too many miles on it and it was up to date on maintenance etc., etc. Anyway, a few months later they break up and it was a pretty nasty experience trying to get him to leave her house. She says he can keep the truck as long as he makes the payments. Well he does keep making the payments, but since he doesn't live with her anymore he decides he wants to "mod" his truck.
So he decides to lift the body. So he and his neanderthal friends cut all the bolts off the bed/cab, lift them up and place these metal cylinders in between the frame and the bed/cab. And they used what I can only assume are carriage bolts from Lowes that are not automotive grade bolts.
Then, since this genius worked at Advance Auto, he got dibs on an in bed toolbox....made for full size pickups. Obviously this is not a full size pickup that he drives. It's a standard cab with a 6 foot bed. So he makes it fit. By taking a jigsaw to the bed and hacking away the inner walls to make way for the toolbox, which later manages to remove itself from the bed going down the highway after he hit a bump. Go figure.
So he continues to drive it for a few months and decides he wants to paint all of the interior plastic blue. And by god he did. Every. Last. Piece. Baby. Blue.
Shortly thereafter, he needs new tires. Not necessarily his fault, they weren't the best tires to begin with. So he calls up a friend who has 2 ever so slightly bent rims and the friend says "I'll give you these two slightly bent rims with tires on them if you give me two of your not bent, in perfect shape rims". So he does. And now the truck has two tires that won't hold air.
Now he's really getting into "modding" (read: destroying) his truck. Decides it's too quiet for his liking. So enter mr. jigsaw again. He cuts the exhaust just after the res. And it sounds like shit. To the average person. He's not the average person mind you, he loves the sound.
Eventually he moves down to Florida with his mother and we haven't heard from him again. And brings the truck back to my sister since it is her truck and it's in her name, title and loan. We've been working on it little by little for the past 3 months or so. Not a lot of time what with both of us working full time and going to school. But we managed to get the bed and cab back down to the stock height, which was the biggest hazard so we got to that first. It sat idle for about a month and the next time we went to start it, the fuel pump had died. So we went to the junkyard, got a pump and she started right back up. There's not a whole lot we can do with the bed right now short of getting an over the rail bed liner. We've got new steelies on there with good tires so it rolls now. It's missing the tailgate handle and one of the tail lights is busted. Said tail light also has some white spray paint on it. Seems he went with spray paint for touch ups and managed to get some on the tail light.
But it runs now and it rolls and it's slowly being put back together whenever we have the time/money. The body is in rough shape. Dings and bends everywhere. If you look in the pic you can see some of the damage he cause to the bed putting that toolbox in. That pic was taken after we managed to get everything back to stock height and that's how it sits right now just at a different location.