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Old 04-29-2016, 08:22 AM
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Default My POS Craigslist Special 92 Ranger

Drove two hours after fighting off other interested parties to look at a 92 Extended cab 2wd Ranger with a 4.0l and 5 speed man. I'm not familiar with POS vehicles, so after a test drive I was iffy. Gf was cranky and tired, and she said "just get it"









Drove 2 hours home. Next day, started going through it, I noticed there was NO oil in trans. Seller did mention that the clutch pressure bled off too. the more I look around the more I found that was bad. Seller completely lied, it was their baby blah blah, they spent so much money on it blah blah blah.
First thot, I'm no mechanic, flip it quick. After a couple of looks but no interest I said F it and decided to throw money at it.

This will be my "hotrod", my cool project of my life. Always wanted to build something cool. Forced into it with this.


This is my third Ranger. First was a new white 2004 single cab short bed 2.3 manual XL 2wd. Put mustang GT wheels and tires on that, had it a year and a half. Loved it. Wish I still had it. It'd be lowered by now.

Years later bought a new black 2011 ext cab 4.0 auto Sport 4x4. Did a few visual mods but nothing serious. Traded for an F150 two years later. Loved that Ranger too. Wish I still had it. It'd be lifted by now.


Originally, I wanted an old beater for yard/garage sale duties. Well....not going to be a beater for long.


First order of business.....bought some Ford shop manuals, and removed the awful 20s and dry rotted tires, sold for $200




Also sold a nice JL Audio amp and 2 Rockford Fosgate 12" subs with box out of it.


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Old 04-29-2016, 09:22 AM
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Suited up


Pulled shifter and dropped trans




N. A. S. T. Y!


F this piece of exhaust in particular.




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Old 04-29-2016, 09:39 AM
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This gave me a few chuckles, haha. At least the interior was clean for you. When you say hotrod are you talking like twin v8s?
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Old 04-29-2016, 09:49 AM
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This gave me a few chuckles, haha. At least the interior was clean for you. When you say hotrod are you talking like twin v8s?
I'm just likening it to building a cool project over time. Engine swap would be a few years down the road. At this point. I get whims and plans change all the time though so who knows. The obvious easiest choice is a 302. We will see


Drained trans, found a decent shard.

So I opened up the trans. Looks mint so I decided not to rebuild the M5OD.


Bought new input and output shaft seals. There is an oil baffle behind the clutch slave cylinder that is back ordered til middle of May, luckily found one of only two in the whole state.





So happy!

While resealing the top and rear, I found the rest of the shard


Realized it was a shim from the shifter.

So that made me feel better about my decision to save $400 on trans rebuild kit. I believe it was damaged, and simply fell in when I removed the shifter
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Old 04-29-2016, 10:17 AM
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Cleaned it up and sealed it back up






Little helper, Nibbler



While trans was out, installed new rear main seal

Trust me I'm a professional....lol actually Ford shop manual said to remove it like this

Cleaned this up too



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Old 04-29-2016, 11:37 AM
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MATT!!!!!!

Love what you're doing with the truck!
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Old 04-29-2016, 11:41 AM
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MATT!!!!!!

Love what you're doing with the truck!
Just wait buddy. I haven't posted much about what I'm doing on Facebook so the girlfriend won't find out haha. There's lots more in my garage to install

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Had flywheel turned, and installed new pilot bearing



Artsy fartsy




Installed new clutch






While I was waiting on trans baffle, I started under the hood.

Needed rocker arm gaskets BAD.


It ran rough, so I decided to replace the catalytic converters while I was at it. But....gross..

So why not new headers to make it easier to install, plus have completely new exhaust all the way back

Some 4.0's have egr valve, mine doesn't. Had extension cut off and welded, also had to plug O2 sensor in left side of y-pipe (mine is on right side)






The Ford shop manuals were invaluable to me here. So much to remove, and this is the easy side!




Cleaned this up too.




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Of course I had to polish the bolts too.


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Old 04-29-2016, 12:26 PM
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Hell yea Matts back in a ranger! Lol
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Old 04-29-2016, 12:36 PM
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Hell yea Matts back in a ranger! Lol
Unfortunately hahaha
Jk this is going to be cooler than my other rangers
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Old 04-29-2016, 01:03 PM
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Lots more ahead















Need to update this
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Old 04-29-2016, 02:03 PM
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Went with Cooper Cobra Radial GT's, going whitewalls out







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Old 04-29-2016, 02:24 PM
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The last piece of the puzzle to get my trans back to 100%




Right side off and cleaned up.





Cleaned up. Next, mount clutch slave and trans is ready to go in

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Old 04-29-2016, 03:46 PM
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Right side valve cover painted



New clutch slave cylinder and throw out bearing are in



With these the brake and clutch systems will be 100% new
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Old 04-29-2016, 03:47 PM
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I like this build. Clean truck. I have cooper cobras too and I like them so far.
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Old 04-29-2016, 03:48 PM
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I like this build. Clean truck. I have cooper cobras too and I like them so far.
Thanks! I'm trying. Far from clean tho. The only thing that's clean is the frame and the dash haha! Good to know on the Coopers. I literally only bought them for the white wall and the name cobra haha

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