Hello fellow Rangerers,
I recently bought my second Ranger. My first one was a very used '86 extended cab 4x4 with snow plow. It was very rough in condition and, typical of OHIO conditions, rusted through in more than a few spots, especially the door-mounted mirror brackets. The floor board under the driver's seat was nearly gone and I put a couple of roofing shingles there to keep the weather out. (whew!)
The radio had long been gone so singing to myself guaranteed solo jouneys. The tailgate needed a special, if not forceful, means to get open. Brakes, starter and exhaust had been replaced and that damn engine always started and ran forever. It was great to haul junk, ford a few creeks and keep the drive clear.
However, after years of sitting under a pine tree, little pine needles accumulated in the heater blower and last fall when I turned the heater on for the first time (and only) time last year, it caught fire. That's a whole 'nother story.....
I wanted another compact truck (to fit in my garage) and I looked at S-10s (I know, I can hear you now), Dakotas, Toyotas, and Mazdas. But decided to come back to a Ranger.
I looked locally for about 6 months--one dealers stopped coming out to the lot when he saw me drive in. I finally found one on eBay and had to drive 90 miles to see it. It was an '06 with under 50k and in excellent condition save a very little rust inside under the doors. I had the dealer repair the doors and did the deed.
It's a 4.0 with extended cab, 4x4 and a real nice matching color cap. It had just gotten new 16" Michelins and the price was very reasonable--cheaper than an older one without a cap!
Sorry to go on like this......
It really didn't need anything, but I wanted a few things. I was looking for a running board (not nerf bars) and every customize shop I went to said Rangers can't do that. Well, I got a pair and managed alright and I think it looks OK---definitely strong enough.
There are some other minor things I have done but will leave them for another posting.
Appreciate any comments and questions,