My 1991 Ranger daily driver build. | Ford Explorer Forums - Serious Explorations

  • Register Today It's free!

My 1991 Ranger daily driver build.

I picked up this 1991 Ranger a few days ago to become my daily driver and who knows maybe a few small off road mods. It is a 1991 4wd XLT standard cab long bed with 122k miles. Powering it is a 4.0 5 speed manual and an electric shift tcase.


Inside is a near perfect 60/40 bench zero cracks in the dash and a perfect headliner. Also it has AC, cruise, power windows and locks.


The previous owner installed a 4 inch rough country lift and 32" tires but the factory 3.55 gears remain.

The truck does need some work. There were a few vacume leaks I already fixed under the hood. The rear main seal is leaking pretty bad and needs to be replaced soon. There is no muffler or exhaust behind the new cats the PO installed. It currently won't pass smog so I need to solve that before I can start driving it as well.




Join the Elite Explorers for $20 each year.
Elite Explorer members see no advertisements, no banner ads, no double underlined links,.
Add an avatar, upload photo attachments, and more!

I ran my code checker and keep getting code 41.


I installed a new O2 sensor and it still comes back. Also as I was unloading it off the trailer I hit the wipers to clear the dew and now they won't turn off. So a new switch has been ordered and some reason the tilt column won't tilt. That is next on the list to repair.

Nice score. I've been looking for one for some time and came across the Sport Trac. I still have my 91 for hauling though. Great little truck.


Be sure to check for wet floorboards or headliner. I had a heck of time chasing the leaks down.


How long until there is a 302 under the hood?

A long time. California smog laws are enough to keep me from dealing with it again after we did an engine swap in my wifes Jeep.
Fair enough.

congrats!!! rock ranger gets a Ranger!! wooooHOoooooo!!!!!
check fuses for the hego sensors
Shes a beautiful truck!!

I dig it dude! Cool truck. They are so hard to find anymore in decent shape. I like your code reader too- I need one of those. Looks like the case was swapped for a junk yard unit recently?

Yeah I think the case was swapped at some point. I still haven't even tried to swap it into 4wd yet.

Right now I am still trying to get it to pass smog so I can get tags for it. The HC has been high and the CO has been extremely high. I have tried twice and failed both times.

Truck has a brand new cat on it from the PO. So far I have the following new parts. O2, MAF, TPS, coil pack, temp sending unit, thermostat, plugs and wires looked brand new and I adjust the gap to spec. New air filter, compression is 165 to 180 psi in the cylinders. Fuel pressure regulater will hold 24 in of vacume for three hours and not drop. Running fuel pressure is 35 psi. A quick throttle bump and it goes to 40. Roll in the throttle and it stays at 35psi. If I shut the key off after 30 minutes the fuel pressure will drop 5 psi.

I just swapped in new plugs and wires. I also got a set of stock size wheel and tires I am going to install and then try smogging it again.

What about alcohol in the fuel? Guaranteed to pass… run some of that stuff! You need to make sure the truck is well up to operating temp before they run it

I do not miss emissions!!!