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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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      I just finished reading through your entire build, very impressive sir. You should be proud of what all you have accomplished!
       
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    3. Scott B.

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      Thanks. I'm happy with it, and still so much more I want to do!

      PS - nice to see someone is reading this thread! ;)
       
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      This is one of the places I go for ideas for our X... The Tire carrier (similar style to yours) is on my short list now.

      ~Mark
       
    5. Scott B.

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      Look at Brian1's also (his was the inspiration for mine!)
       
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      Happy Birthday!

      Today is the truck's 20th birthday!

      I ordered this truck from Ford in June, and had to wait 8 weeks to take delivery (2 extra weeks due to the floods in the Midwest.) I remember driving onto the dealership lot in Simi Valley, California, and saw it sitting on the sidewalk in front of the building. At that time, I had no idea of the path that would be taken with this truck.

      I've driven this truck in 25 states - I won't visit all of them, but there are plenty more on the list to see, lots of dirt roads/trails to drive.

      20 years, and still going strong! I guess that's what they mean by Built Ford Tough! (Or, in this case, Rebuilt Ford Tough!)

      Here's a picture from the Colorado trip 2 weeks ago. It is on Schoefield Pass, about to head down to Devil's Punch Bowl.

      Here's hoping for 20+ more years!
       

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      Happy birthday!! She's looking better than ever :D
       
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      Scott...... 20 yrs!!! the new old truck!

      Look's like a great place you were at in Colorado must have been fun, and you missed all the rain and flooding! Soooooo........ where to next spring on DE IV? Oh..... I will be trying a new dust control idea... maybe I will lick it this time... think so? Ha, Ha! Michael
       
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      ..Happy 20th Birthday..:party:
       
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      In 1 more year you can start feeding that truck alcohol! :burnout:
       
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      As opposed to ethanol...
       
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      yeah, yeah minor technicality
       
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      ..:shifty_ey ..It's all in the proof..:D
       
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      Cooling Problem

      There are certain situations when the water temperature gets too high. At speed (going down the interstate) even when it is 107 degrees out, the temperature is fine. But slow down, climb a long hill, and the temperature creeps up.

      The electric fan I am running moves about 2400 CFM of air. For the horsepower I'm running, I really need a fan to move 4000 CFM.

      So, off with the electric, and on with a mechanical (engine driven) flex fan. This means I need to fabricate a fan shroud also.

      While the radiator is out, I will also have it checked for leaks. I think one of the fan mounts wore a small hole in the radiator.

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      New fan - 16"

      Fan shroud kit

      Radiator (with fan center marked)

      Truck without radiator (2 views)
       

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      Fan Shroud

      I fitted the shroud to my radiator and fan position.

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      Driver's side of radiator

      Passenger side of radiator

      Removal of excess width

      Fitting on radiator

      Marking for fan cutout

      Final cutout
       

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      Fan Shroud Continued

      Continuing the fabrication of the shroud:

      2 halves welded together

      Ring around the fan fitted and welded

      Top mounting bracket
       

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      Thank, Jon. Those fine details take lots of time...
       
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      Looks awesome. Who's your rad from? Whered the shroud come from also? Want to try and copy you
       
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      The radiator is from James Duff, and the shroud is from Summit Racing.
       
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      Scott, I just finished your whole build thread… man you did it right! A man with many talent's :thumbsup: can't wait till DE IV, I will take a real close look then. Michael
       
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      The custom fan shroud looks awesome. Great work:chug:
       
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      Thanks.

      It is really tight in there. Everything fits and nothing hits - but, putting it together took several hours...
       
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      Hey, Scott, just wanted to say, nice job, especially on a truck that was once a stocker, that you turned into a true expedition rig (lol...the tail-lights you installed make me think your rig is a mini-Expedition, haha! Get it? ;) :D lol)

      I thought that when your truck turned 20, that you would have taken a drive back to the dealership where you got it, so you could show them the truck and what you've done to it since you bought it. Pretty sure that they would have never thought you would have stuffed a Mustang V-8 underneath a Ranger hood, tho! :)

      Hopefully, I'm going to try and find two more 1992s, to go with the one I already have--and one of them I hope to make into a trail-worthy rig that, while it may not rival yours, can be an inspiration to those of us who, like you, want to turn ideas into reality.

      I can honestly say, sir, that I am thoroughly impressed with everything you've done, and can't wait to see what improvements you have in store for the future! And, I hope that your truck stays a faithful servant for the next 20 years. Nice job on everything. My hat is off to you, sir.

      Just a quick question, Scott--when you took out the original cruise control system on your '93, where was the cruise control amplifier located? I ask because I was tracing some wiring, on my own truck, from the servo, and it first went to the transducer (box on the driver's side, located similar to the ECU), then it went to a white box, located under the dash, underneath the ash tray (near the transmission tunnel). I'm asking because it seems like my '92 was wired like your '93 was originally. Also, was your cruise on your '93 put on at the factory, or was it dealer-installed? Any information would be helpful; thanks.
       
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      Thanks. As a stock truck, it did pretty well. Of course, it is much better now!

      Good idea - except the dealership is on the other side of the country from me.

      I hope it goes for the next 20 years, too. I ran just over 300,000 miles in the first 20 years - I wonder how many I will run in the next 20?!?!?

      I did not remove the cruise control system. My intention is to retain it, just move the control buttons to the dash.

      I removed the steering wheel, and took apart the "controls". Wiring wise, it is pretty simple - there are only 3 signals going through the slip ring under the wheel.

      I need to figure out how to wire the buttons, and send those signals to the slip ring (the wiring under it) to mimic the factory switches.
       
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      Scott, from what I can tell, you should have three wires coming off of the slip rings:

      1. YEL/LT GRN: This wire is for the horn system.
      2. BLK: This is the cruise control switch ground.
      3. LT BLU/BLK: This is the wire for sending the cruise control signal to the Cruise Control Amplifier.

      What I would do is to get some different color wiring; trying to keep to the original colors, simply extend the wiring from the connector to the proper switch. The other thing I would do is for the "coast" function, I would use a push-button style switch, so that all you have to do is push the switch to coast, and let up on the switch to resume.

      The only other advice I could give would be to use a multimeter and find which ring controls the horn, which ring controls sending the switch signal to the cruise control amplifier, and which ring controls sending power to ground. Using those things, you could wire your cruise up with the switch grouping you want to.

      Lastly, thanks for the information you provided. I found out that the cruise control amplifier is actually located in a place that REQUIRES--no choice in the matter--me to take my dash out to test the component *shakes head, questions Ford's Engineering sanity*. (They could have mounted the amplifier in a hell of a better place, IMHO).

      The other thing I'm wanting to know is, did you keep your ABS on your truck? I took out my fuse for my RABS (my truck was built before AWD ABS), and the cruise on my truck doesn't work--doesn't even turn on. I've been doing some research, and some diagrams I've seen show the ABS system--even RABS--is tied into my cruise system somehow.

      Your thoughts, Scott? And can I pull of the 'skin' of the dash to get at the amplifier, or do I have to actually remove it to get at the amplifier?
       
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