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410Custom's builds a 2007 Ranger V8 - custom truck build - Project "Ranger Premier"

@410Fortune @Josh P Everyone. I'm looking for plates from every state. Of course I have Alabama. I need Alaska, Arizona and Arkansas next. know Jamie can fix me up with some northwest U.S. plates. I'm still waiting to here back from my step daughter-in-law about plates from her home state and her parents home territory. I need two to 3 of each state. One for me, one for Bro and one for the Shop. Josh aren't you in Arizona? I have a cousin in South Carolina that I haven't contacted yet.
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This Ranger build is unbelievable. Love the artistry and awesome mechanics.

Well done!!!
 






More on the t case you can see the 4406 fits a ranger perfectly
You can also see why I shave the ears off so we get good clearances all around

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More of the finished drivers rear, pre leaf spring


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@410Fortune @Josh P Everyone. I'm looking for plates from every state. Of course I have Alabama. I need Alaska, Arizona and Arkansas next. know Jamie can fix me up with some northwest U.S. plates. I'm still waiting to here back from my step daughter-in-law about plates from her home state and her parents home territory. I need two to 3 of each state. One for me, one for Bro and one for the Shop. Josh aren't you in Arizona? I have a cousin in South Carolina that I haven't contacted yet.
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I think I have a few plates
 






This Ranger build is unbelievable. Love the artistry and awesome mechanics.

Well done!!!

Thank you very much what a nice thing to say! I hope to help and inspire others with my builds
 












@410Fortune @Josh P Everyone. I'm looking for plates from every state. Of course I have Alabama. I need Alaska, Arizona and Arkansas next. know Jamie can fix me up with some northwest U.S. plates. I'm still waiting to here back from my step daughter-in-law about plates from her home state and her parents home territory. I need two to 3 of each state. One for me, one for Bro and one for the Shop. Josh aren't you in Arizona? I have a cousin in South Carolina that I haven't contacted yet.
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Got 2 from Wisconsin when you want them...Really like the front end styling of the Ranger, pleased it's on the retro side.
 






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Ohio is from the donor Explorer I stripped.
Four Wheeler plaque is from the first Explorer Forum Truckhaven run.
Bottom one I got out of my dad's workshop. 1928 California trailer plate.
 






Thinking about plates, I saw a personalized plate last week that should have been rejected on principle. It read "EXPLORE". Problem was, it was on ... .. a

Jeep.
 






FYI for anyone needing very good 4WD front hubs, Rock Auto has the SKF BR930252 hubs on sale for $103 each. I like those a lot and the Ford hubs are the only ones I've paid more for. The SKF hubs were about $150, I've got four of them on my last two 98's. So another pair lets me rebuild my 99 again that I think may be the original hubs at 153k.
 






Update time! Rear suspension is ready to rock and roll, which is good I need to flex it out so I can do final measurements for shocks.
It looks like we will be using a 12" stroke King 3.0 in the back but it might require a 14" stroke depending on how she sits when finally ride height adjusted and aligned in the front. Either way we are going to have to strap this rear to keep from overextending the shocks. There is a lot of action in the shackle as the spring takes the trucks weight.

Daddy like

First things first... I have a ton of pictures to get through!
When we left off I was ready to hang the drivers leaf spring and shackle, final weld the rear axle, finish up the new drop bracket brace, weld up the modified sliders (while the welder it out), final torque the front suspension, adjust camber and toe (preliminary) and install rear end with brakes.........

shop was a mess, but only because parts we no longer need are finally being purged to storage
rear axle in the middle of all the mess...it's all cleaned up now :)
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we are starting to get an idea of the track width with the plus 2.5" mid travel kit
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Turns out the True travel supplied brake lines are too short when turning (no pun)
So some nice Rough Country parts to the rescue, these are for 6" lifted IFS rangers
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mounted
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retained to coil w zip ties in effort to keep brake line out of coil spring
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drivers done, ready for final torque and alignment
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passenger similar
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perfect length now

Onto rear axle
 












drivers leaf spring and shackle were installed
time for some welding

First up the Superlift drop bracket support brace built from stock parts, custom cut tabs of 1/4" plate and plenty of love
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Parts in place for final time, final cutting and fabrication was done, and tack welded.
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Sleek!! Small, sleek, easy to clean, simple, strong, serviceable, built from recycled parts..... what's not to love about this?

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Removed and final welded
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I should have pre heated the torsion bar! This was pointed out to me.... that's okay I know we got some heat into those welds with the 220 mig. Lesson learned
Lots of welding to do on this prototype!
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Good practice for when I do the rear axle next

more fab on front support tab
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These tabs actually fit up inside the old torsion bar pad structure and transfer the load into the frame at the trans crossmember
We wanted them to be strong..
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Parts were wire brushed, cleaned, primed and painted with 3 coats of black enamel
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brace complete!
Sun is out
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Done and finally installed, bolts on at the lower control arm rear bolt. We added a second smaller bolt for more strength
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Lets get her rolling
First up we are welding the axle tubes to the center chunk in an effort to keep them from spinning. With heavy truck, heavy foot, big tires and a locker the factory plug welds have been known to let go and you can spin a tube
Welding now can prevent that. Weld 1" at a time, let cool, to prevent warping


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moving around the rear axle, spring perches, tubes, and shock mounts were done final
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until it is all welded
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Axle was then moved outside, cleaned, wire brushed, and cleaned some more. All old paint was removed, welds cleaned, prepped for primer and paint

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all this had to be knocked off...crusty
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rust eating primer was used and allowed to cure
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spring around here, the ice pack was melting.... its long gone now being replaced with green grass!

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and maybe a little mud
put that v8 bronco to work! DAILY..... yes my door is blue, long story, this summer she is getting a fresh coat of liner
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we wont be using my wheels tires for mock up....at least not like this
 






rear axle was painted from 3 sides, 3 times at least.... 3 coats of black satin enamel

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time to go back under the truck for the final time
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Spring plates and factory blocks were also painted

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rehab rear calipers
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time to do the oh so fun 8.8 E brake setup. I have gotten much better at setting these up over the years. When do you enough of them you learn some tricks
whole area cleaned with wire brush and compressed air, don't forget to lube the contact points
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This is how I hold the retainer clips, set the shoes in place, hold with one hand, insert clip with the other
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in place, time for top spring
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fish spring in from one side to the other, staying under the cable adjuster assembly
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Here's the shortcut
Use a tool to pull the spring over to the other shoe.... this is the easiest way, takes some pulling for sure
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This piece of rod is actually for dropping turkeys into the fryer, but hey at least I found something that worked!
not easy
set in place on the hook and carefully slide tool out. Push spring into pad hook and you are golden
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time to setup bottom spring and star adjuster

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Done
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Make sure you set shoes in proper location on the backing plate, the backing plate has a raised circle that acts as a guide. This ensures your rotor will fit over the brake easily.

Now for the good stuff, rear rotors, calipers, and carbon fiber ceramic brake pads!
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next round of parts
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rear axle coming along!
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4 rotors!! truck supported by springs!
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Time to turn attention back to the front suspension, final details before tires!

Starting to look at mounting of limit straps. I picked up some upper adjusters, so we can adjust limits as the straps stretch. Must limit the droop travel to keep the cv axles, tire rod ends, and uniball iupper and lower joints all within travel limits.

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7" of shock travel from full compression suspension travel (1/2" past stock bump stop) puts limit strap somewhere in here. (per True travel instructions)
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sorry for the dust!

Rock sliders have also been getting some fab
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major fab
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Final torque on front suspension so we can mount some wheels and roll her into bay 1 on the lift
so earlier we installed camber shim adjusters on UCA heim joints
It was pointed out to me earlier in the thread that the True Travel kit needs the heim joints threaded basically all the way in to get decent camber readings.
I found this to be true.
A little bit of a pita to remove the upper camber shims/bolts.... remove UCA from mounts, loosen jamb nuts and run them all in....
Done now and we have acceptable camber for a prelim alignment

Jacks were used to bring control arms up and the king coil overs took the weight of the truck, this is somewhere around our final ride height. Lower balljoint/uniball and upper uniball were torqued to 140 ft lbs. Lower control arm and upper camber shims tightened also to 140, CV axle nut torqued to 220.
Ready for tires!
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Each time the upper control arm heims need adjusting all of this must be removed, I'm hoping camber and caster are within spec and I wont have to do this again.

Way too far out, all 4 heims were threaded all the way in
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better

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Heim jamb nuts torqued down, camber shims back in place

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The zip ties on the brake line gives off a turd in a punch bowl vibe. A pair of loop clamps with a rubber insulation is what I'd suggest. Get one the diameter of the coil spring and one to fit the brake line. Bolt them together.

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Truck is on tires! This was a huge day for me
So nervous! How will it sit? Will ride height be correct? What about alignment? Rear tires in the right spot how will the rear springs and shackles sit etx etx
Losing sleep over this stuff

And then the moment came
Everything was ready, nothing left to do, shop was cleaned and ready to accept the truck in bay one. The only thing I wanted to do that I did not get done was to go get the 07 wheels and tires from storage, that didn’t happen in time so I had to use these “rollers” we keep around, don’t mind the dirty wheels and tires just focus on the awesome

I was so happy
Happy to see the ride height is just about perfect and the alignment is close enough to roll her around. She rolls easily and it was not difficult to change bays even without steering or brakes. I have a 2500# winch mounted to the wall in the shop just for pulling disabled trucks in

I then spent some time jacking up the different corners to get an idea of the suspension flex. I can tell you this thing flexes like mad it was barely even working, maxing out my jack and wood block without even lifting a tire

So now she’s in bay one on the lift and ready for the next round
Plumbing the drivetrain

Want to see the pics? Or should I just keep all this good stuff a surprise? Lol lol
 






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