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Old 07-09-2011, 09:39 PM
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For a year and a half now I have searched for a red 1997 ranger.

http://www.fordrangerforum.com/truck...-one-free.html

Today after all this time, never giving up..... someone answered the ad on Craiglist. I got EXACTLY what I wanted. A red 1997 five speed with grey interior and as a bonus.... stepside. I'm totally with it. As with all used trucks it needed gutting and cleaning so I'll give you a few starter shots from a minute ago where I got it gutted, but the "clear" pics worth seeing will be tomorrow as I clean build it.

The dash had to be pulled because there was 14 years of dirt all the way to the smallest crevice of the truck. Tomorrows pics will be much clearer, iphones aren't worth a crap in low light.

I also re-bulbed the entire dash. There is nothing like the indiglo blue of the 1997 dash, only in that year. It was aqua in 1995 and 1996. Perfect indiglo Timex Blue in 97.





LOOK at the dust on the radio for an idea........







This indiglo blue was a '97 thing. I worked at a local dealer in 1997 and these dashes were so much cooler to look at than the green and aqua of other years.


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Old 07-09-2011, 11:04 PM
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Nice truck, glad you finally found the right one
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Old 07-10-2011, 12:19 AM
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Very nice. I am a fan of that indigo blue as well. Looks real nice with the dash components. Hope the cleaning and refurbishing goes well for you man!
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Old 07-10-2011, 07:02 AM
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Finaly... love your truck man! Those stepside bed are, i dont know... an orgasm!!!

Give ot a noce clean and please post pictures!!!

I also use "Tuff Stuff" forn cleaning my interior... awesome product!!!!!
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Old 07-10-2011, 07:40 AM
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Sweet find I like the color.
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Old 07-10-2011, 09:11 AM
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I'm digging the indigo blue color.

Did you buy this one?
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Old 07-10-2011, 10:47 AM
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Very cool man. Best of luck with it!
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Old 07-10-2011, 04:06 PM
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Thank you guys! Still sweating....






















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Old 07-10-2011, 04:21 PM
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Fender wells.......





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Old 07-10-2011, 06:37 PM
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De-Pinstriping that nasty crap off. Looks SOOO GOOOD under it all. Nice clean E4 Vermillion paint

















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Old 07-10-2011, 08:41 PM
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You really cleaned the hell out of that thing it looks amazing...wanna do mine next? haha
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Old 07-10-2011, 09:08 PM
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looks great man. deffinetly a nice lookin truck
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Old 07-10-2011, 09:10 PM
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that thing looks clean. what are your plans for it?
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Old 07-10-2011, 09:26 PM
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ur something else man, lol glad you finally found the "right" ranger
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Old 07-10-2011, 10:08 PM
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Thanks bro's. I'm 34, but when I was a teen in 1997 I worked at the dealer I bought my truck from. I lost that job AND that truck when I broke my leg. I never got over losing that thing it was my very first new vehicle and I loved the hell out of it...... but my job there....... was in detail. Once you learn the trick of professional detailing you never forget. All I did all day was clean rangers.

I just got the dash back in and door panels on after I pressure washed the doors. Did the jambs, did the fender wells, and did the engine bay.




As seen above I pulled the carpet and pressure washed it. It's almost dry and will go back in tomorrow.

While removing the pinstriping I made the fatal mistake of grabbing the wrong end of the heat gun while it was set on the 1200 degree setting so my finger is stinging like hell right now 4 hours later. Hopefully the Hydrocodone will kick in and take that problem away for a few hours. I just happen to be fresh out of a major surgery so I have been on meds, thank god I have them.

I am definitely going to do spindles and a flip kit on this truck, definitely NOT doing those damn see through black headlight and tail lights. UHG..... I'll probably go with some slightly tinted clears for the front turns (just enough to take that crystal effect away so they match the headlights. I hate it when they don't match). In the back a solid red light with a clear reverse, no yellow. Tint the windows of course......

The truck they took in 1997 was pretty done up, but I don't have any finished pics from when it was dropped. I do have some from about a month after I bought it and had some graphics done.

You gotta remember this was 1997....... PERIOD CORRECT. This was the hot shit back then.







This stepside was what I wanted to buy, but my dealer only had a fleetside at the time. Now I get my red 97 back AND I get the stepside I wanted. This truck means a lot to me so It's gonna get the treatment for sure!


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