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Old 11-25-2010, 06:57 AM
offroadohio offroadohio is offline
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My cousin has ran this ugly pile for 5 years at tough truck events around ohio. I have also been running for 5 years but this season (2010) I didnt have a vehicle to run. Last year he built a Jeep and I got this for next to nothing. Was once an 88 Ranger 2wd 2.3 5 speed




After I ran it at 5 events I managed to roll it comming around a corner.
It looked like this


I jacked the corner up enough to make my second, and here it was upon unloading from the trailer







I stripped it down and pulled the "good parts"



I picked this up for $100. 85 2.8 auto 4x4.


I compltely stripped it to the frame, leaving only the axles.











The 2.8 was locked up so Im using the 2.3 and 2wd trans from the rolled ranger with a divorced nissan 720 pickup transfercase. Engine is sitting 4" back









Fuel tank is inside the tool box. Tanks is mounted down with 3 straps going over it and through 1/4" steel plate with six 1/2" bolts.

Toolbox lid is bolted down with four half inch bolts, the factory latches, and a padlock and key.

Currently have four half inch bolts going through the 1/4" plate to the frame, putting 4 more in after I go buy them.

Total wieght with full tank of fuel is about 300 pounds. I also have the ability to ad sand bags inside the toolbox for more wieght if needed. ( to keep it from nose diving on jumps)



Cab is sitting 6" back and the front is cut and bobbed. Doors, fenders and hood are skins only, total combo probably wieghts less than 200 pounds.







Going to order a jegster 12point cage for it and I need to do some finishing touches to the body before paint but here is a really bad attempt at using windows paint to finish it

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Old 11-25-2010, 04:25 PM
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not a bad ride looking good so far
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Old 11-25-2010, 07:21 PM
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Thanks, its on hold until after christmas but once January rolls around I'll be knockin it out
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Old 11-25-2010, 08:27 PM
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bomber! i wanna see some video of it mashing!
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Old 11-26-2010, 04:58 AM
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Season doesnt start up till late may so it wont be doing anything other than test runs in my field till then
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Old 11-26-2010, 05:13 AM
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cool!
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Old 12-05-2010, 06:08 PM
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This is a prebent cage from jegs so it doesnt fit quite like I wish it would.
Front mount, Im going to be bolting the flat plate to the channel so that I can remove cage and cab.
The channel is set down over top of the factory cab mount.



Rear mounts. There is a solid piece fo 4" 1/4" thick channel that the cage is welded to, the channel will be bolted to these mounts. Thes emounts are 1/2" plate welded tot he stock body mount location with a 1/4" thick gusset welded on.





Rear loop and the halo. Cage is welded to the cab everywhere it come incontact with it.


one of the a pillar supports


Got alot more left to add but I should have it done in the next couple days
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Old 12-06-2010, 04:27 PM
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Old 12-06-2010, 05:39 PM
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Looks like you're build is coming along nicely, gonna be a sweet ride when you finish it all up
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Old 12-07-2010, 07:08 PM
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Rear channel cross member


rear downward supports


other a pillar support


close up of the front frame mount welded to frame


Bent the door bar JEGS sent so that I have soem elbow room
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Old 12-09-2010, 08:03 AM
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One of the front bars


Seat mounts


Some more of the interior tubing, still got alot to add


Thought this was neat. Running on one spark plug. ( was trying to find a slight misfire)
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Old 12-09-2010, 09:21 PM
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I hope your gonna notch those A pillars.
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Old 12-09-2010, 10:29 PM
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:34 AM
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Nice build donnie, Im wanderer's buddy haha you raced it at the pc fair last year didnt ya?
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Old 12-10-2010, 04:52 PM
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yep
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