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Old 03-29-2016, 06:26 PM
HolmesEOD85 HolmesEOD85 is offline
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VERY LONG, somewhat sad and crazy update follows:

Sad to report that I wrecked this truck back in July of 2015. (Silver lining: It's not fixed but I still have the truck.) Driving in the dark in an unfamiliar area in Florida I passed a 45mph speed limit sign and about a tenth of a mile later the road dead ended into the bay. Ran the rig over some LARGE boulders and into the water. Other than an oil change to see if I could tell whether or not water got into the intake (think I'm in the clear, explanation below) it's been sitting since then. I was only carrying liability insurance at the time because I'm an idiot so... lesson learned.

I moved to Tennessee and trailered it up here with me and it stayed at a friend's house until January. The truck ran to get on the trailer and ran to get off the trailer when I moved it from his place to mine. It wasn't happy about it, but it ran. Hoping it was just being pissy about the old gas. Been short on cash and busy settling into a new house but I'm about to start tearing her apart and getting her back on the road.

That being said... The water didn't come high enough to get in the cab, and I don't think I sucked any up because (un)luckily the airbags blew and killed the fuel pump. (I changed the oil the day after, not milky or anything. Looked like oil that needed to be changed.) I guess, based on recent recalls, I'm lucky the damn airbag didn't kill me and I was absolutely scratch free except for a toenail that got ripped off because I was wearing sandals. That hurt like a mother.

Now, about how she looks. The frame is straight still as far as I can tell even after a 35 MPH meeting with boulders. The bull bar took the brunt of the main hit. When I hit the water it knocked the grille back and broke the header panel along with everything that mounts in it. The radiator core support seems to be tweaked a bit in the middle but my fenders didn't move a millimeter. All the margins are still beautiful and doors open as they should. The hood moved rearward a bit when the rad support bent and I'll need new hinges as the current ones are screwed. Hood may be savable. Measurements will soon confirm condition of the frame.

Suspension and steering wise, it's almost going to be a total replacement. I'm even doing new Tbars and leafs. The leaf springs were going flat before I took it for a swim so they are going. Replacing them with Explorer leaf packs so I can get rid of the lift blocks in the rear. I figure while I'm at it I may as well do the bars. The wreck blew the shocks out and probably got the ball joints pretty angry so it's like a fire sale to me at this point: Everything must go. Pretty much the only things I'm going to keep from before the wreck are the steering rack and the steering knuckles. Everything else will be brand new or a damn good replacement from a pick a part.

Here's what I don't know: How much, if any, water got into the diffs or transfer case? Hopefully things aren't rusted to hell when I pull the axles and go through everything. If they are, damn near everything from the frame down will be new.

So, long story short, I'm keeping the truck hell or high water... as long as the engine is good. Lol. I paid cash for the sucker in 2009 and I have no other car payments because I always save up and just write a check. But aside from my habits with large purchases.... I'm luckily able to do all of the work myself at home other than flashing the SRS module and a fancy computerized alignment, so I'm just buying the parts.

I'll post pictures of the poor thing in the near future and be sure to post progress as the rebuild goes on. My goal is to be done by the end of the summer/beginning of fall as I deploy at the end of the year and want the truck to be done for me to drive when I get back.
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Old 03-29-2016, 06:34 PM
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I guess, based on recent recalls, I'm lucky the damn airbag didn't kill me and I was absolutely scratch free except for a toenail that got ripped off because I was wearing sandals.
I feel the same way, after crashing my 06 at 70mph, I got a recall for both bags, walked away with a small rash and went to work.

Sorry to hear about the truck but glad to hear you still have it!
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Old 04-23-2016, 10:05 AM
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Subbing to this sweet build. I really hope you get it all figured out man! Keep us in the loop
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Old 08-18-2017, 06:04 AM
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Well, I've been in Iraq and Syria since December and saved up some money. This truck is still sitting in my garage as it has since I wrecked it in July of 2015 just before I moved from Eglin AFB to Ft Campbell, KY. I feel like it's a cross I've been bearing since the day I messed it up.

Through a year long pre-deployment train up I didn't have time to do much other than occasionally look at her and curse and I've been running around the middle east for the last 9 months, but I'm happy to report that I just ordered a ton of parts and will begin the process of bringing the Ranger back to life as soon as I get home.

I'll be photo documenting the whole process and keep this updated, but here's a list of what I've got planned:

- 100% new suspension front and rear except for the lift kit
- New rack and pinion
- New CV axles, bearings and hubs
- All new brake system except booster and master cylinder
- Go through both axles and fix as needed
- New exhaust from headers back
- Either a complete engine rebuild or a new motor depending on what it looks like when I pull it and open it up. I wasn't planning on this part, but I've been thinking about it for a year now. It's been sitting for 2 years since the wreck and hasn't been started and it has 130k miles on it anyway, so as long as I'm making the rest brand new, why not?
- Go through trans and transfer case and make sure they're right
- Replace body mount bushings
- POR-15 underside and frame
- Obviously, some body parts and an air bag (already have a new dirver's bag and RCM) need to be purchased and painted.

Everything but the body parts and motor is on the way to the house via fed-ex.

My brother thinks I'm crazy for spending this kind of money on a Ranger, but it'll be about 7-8k if i need a new motor and all my labor (except maybe the transmission if it needs major work) to make this thing mechanically brand new. Try finding a $7-8k truck that has no mechanical or maintenance type issues immediately or in the near future.

I'll be doing all the work at the house with the help of friends that I'll pay in beer and food. We have 30 days off when I get back and I plan to use them to try and get this truck back on the road by the end of October and look forward to driving it for another 10 years. I'll post pictures of how she looks now when I get home.
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Old 08-18-2017, 07:04 AM
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Welcome back to the world! Don't know if that's still said?
Sounds like ya have a lot to do in 30 days, good luck.
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Old 08-18-2017, 08:04 AM
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Welcome back to the world! Don't know if that's still said?
Sounds like ya have a lot to do in 30 days, good luck.
Thanks. Yeah it's a lot to do but I've got good help. I think the real time crunch will come if I end up rebuilding the engine. I've been pricing it and between parts and machining costs it's only 500 bucks more for a fresh remanufactured long block. Going to weigh the options once I see what kind of shape she's in but a new engine is looking mighty tempting because of the time it would save.
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Old 08-18-2017, 09:18 AM
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I know for $500 what I'd do, although 130k isn't really high mileage, but I know what you're saying.
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