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Scott B's 93 Ranger XLT V8

Discussion in 'Ranger / Mazda Registry' started by Scott B., May 1, 2000.

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    1. Scott B.

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      I also move the refrigerator into the truck. It is running off the 2nd battery.

      You can see the very first can it cooled!
       

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    3. Scott B.

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      The south side is in the garage...
       
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      What!? I thought the first thing would be a gallon of sweet tea! :p:

      Looking good Scott.
       
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      ..You know how Scott is about his sweet tea..

      ..He wouldn't risk using it as a test subject..:nono:...:D
       
    6. Scott B.

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      Interior Upgrade

      A minor upgrade to the interior - I changed the console cupholder to a newer style. I like the one in my '06, so I swapped it out.

      Here you can see the original and the "upgrade"...
       

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      Fuel Can Swingout Built

      I finished the swingout.

      Here you can see it with the fuel cans and latch.

      I have added a lock-open mechanism, but that is not in the pictures.

      Currently, the swingout is at the powder coat shop. I'll post a picture when I get it back showing the lock-open.
       

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      Rear Springs

      I replaced the rear leaf springs with custom built ones from Deaver Suspension.

      These springs are built for the new weight of the truck, the V8, the inverted shackles. The leaf pack has 12 leaves plus a snail wrap on the front part of each pack.

      While I was changing springs, I replaced the rear spring hangers, the shackles, all fasteners, painted the frame rails and I installed a Lokar emergency brake cable set.

      Here, you can see the spring packs, the 5/8" u-bolts and urethane spring bushings, and the new hangers, shackles (with Energy Suspension urethane bushings) and grade 8 hardware.
       

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      A couple of shots with the old springs removed.
       

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      Springs installed.
       

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      Some views of full droop. (Yes, my shocks limit the down-travel.)
       

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      Great job with everything!!! Very clean work, functional and well planned. I like your truck alot. I used to own a 1994 and 2001 ranger. If they had a full second row of seats (crew cab) I'd still have one....
       
    13. Scott B.

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      Thanks. I like your 2001.

      You know, you can get a crew cab Ranger in Mexico - shouldn't be to hard to transport it to Canada... :D
       
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      Something is just off with those 4 door Rangers from other Countries. Too much hassle as well, may as well look at Sport Tracs if a guy really needs the box. Funny thing is, now that I have the Explorer I havn't found too many times that I needed a box for my lifestyle.

      Enough polluting your thread. Carry on with the transformation.:thumbsup:
       
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      Air Conditioning

      Now that I am back from Desert Expedition III, I can post what I did for the A/C.

      The longer engine necessitated moving the radiator forward, to the location of the factory condenser. This meant the condenser had to go in front of the core support - right where the transmission cooler sits. So, the trans cooler has to move forward, also.

      The factory condenser did not want to fit on the front side of the core support, so I picked up a generic condenser from Vintage Air. I also bought a generic dryer and a fitting/hose kit. There really was no way to use any stock pieces. Fortunately, Vintage also makes an adapter that mounts to the factory compressor.
       

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      Here are some pictures of the new condenser location.
       

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      Since the condenser is universal, it had no mounting brackets.

      These are the brackets I fabricated to the mount the condenser.
       

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      Here are some shots of the finished fuel can carrier. I had it powder coated, but it wasn't finished until the night before I left for DE III!
       

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      Emergency Brakes

      I upgraded the e-brake cables from factory Explorer cables (which didn't work that well) to a set from Lokar. The brake works much better now.

      Since the Lokar cable adjustment system is somewhat universal, I made a bracket to mount the Lokar adjuster to the front spring bolt. (Seen in picture 3) I also made an adapter cable to go from the Ranger cable to the Lokar adjuster. (Picture 2)

      NOTES:
      1) The cables from the brakes need to be trimmed. I am letting them get their initial stretch before trimming.
      2) The mounting bracket got sandblasted on my recent trip to the desert.
       

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      Inside Storage Hanger

      I added two 2-inch wide adjustable straps to the inside of the shell - these will let me carry things like sleeping pads without having to roll them up. Should save some when breaking camp. I can also carry fishing poles up there.

      Here you can see before and after pictures. The last one is a close-up of how I mounted the straps to the roof - the black plates are 1/4" aluminum backing plates for the roof rack mounts.
       

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      Where do you get those stickers of the different passes you've been over?
       
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      A little tourist shop on main street in Telluride.
       
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      The steering has been a little loose, so I changed the steering box. The one I pulled out was the second one, having been changed about 150,000 miles ago. Nothing lasts forever - ha.

      There are quite a few different brands of rebuilt steering boxes on the market - not sure how many there actually are, the rest being marketing. Of all the descriptions, only Motorcraft says they magnaflux the parts, checking for cracks. I checked with Ford, but a brand new one is not available. :(

      I decided to get the Motorcraft box - it was 4 times the price of the cheapest rebuilt unit. One can only wonder...

      Here you see a picture of the box.

      While the box was out, I painted more of the frame.
       

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      Lift Blocks

      The new springs did not position the rear of the truck where I wanted it - it was about an inch low - more so when loaded.

      The easy solution was to build a set of 1" lift blocks.

      I ordered 6061 aluminum flat bar and 5/8" dowel pins from McMaster-Carr.

      While I had everything apart, I painted the axle tubes. Still need to paint the chunk.

      The pictures walk through the process:
      1 - parts
      2 - cut to length
      3 - pilot hole (in the center)
      4 - pins pressed in (with relief hole)
      5 - painted with Por-15 chassis paint
      6 - complete
       

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      Rear Axles

      Several years ago, when I last freshened the rear end, I had to use a repair bearing on one side. Knowing that, and these axles have about 200,000 miles on them, I thought with the added torque/power of the V8 that an axle change was in order.

      I picked up a set of Moser axles (made in USA! :usa:). While I was at it, I changed both axle bearing and seals.

      The pictures show:
      1 - the axles
      2 - the bearings and seals
      3 - comparing old vs. new
      4 - the end result
       

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      Fuse Block

      I replaced the auxiliary fuse block I had under the hood. I upgraded to a Blue Sea model (like I put in the back) - this one is only a 6-circuit model.

      Here you can see the wiring harness I built, and then it is installed on top of the factory under-hood fuse/relay block.
       

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