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Scott B's 93 Ranger XLT V8

Awesome build sir.
 



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Last weekend was Country Fried Weekend - an annual camp and food fest.

I thought it was an appropriate first outing with the new engine. Although, overnight it got down to about 25 degrees - a little cold in the tent!
 

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That just looks so right in there...:chug:
 






New Wheel

After close to 20 years, I finally got around to changing the steering wheel.

I never cared for the original, and it was getting worn.

This one does not have cruise control buttons - you can get an add-on that straddles the lower spoke. The add-in is ugly and quite expensive. I mounted 5 buttons/switches on the dash for the cruise - all I need to do now is wire them.
 

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Nice Rack

I added a shovel mount to my roof rack. I attached a Quick Fist to the cross bars, to mount the shovel.

I have been carrying the shovel in the back, but the shovel head usually does not fit well when the back is loaded. Its odd shape always interferes with something.
 

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What a beautiful job, Scott! Have been following this build for a while. It sounds real beasty; even better than I imagined. Enjoy it!
 






What a beautiful job, Scott! Have been following this build for a while. It sounds real beasty; even better than I imagined. Enjoy it!

Thanks!

It's got a rumble to it. I pulled into camp a couple of weeks ago, and the guy next to us said he heard it and thought that's not a stock Ranger!

I am enjoying it.

Now to finish the A/C, cruise control, ...:D
 






I'm working on 2 additions this weekend - mounting the air compressor and installing a 2nd battery.

The air compressor is going on the driver's side, under the platform, in a little cubbyhole behind the wheelwell. I chose the driver's side because the bed floor has a bump-up relief for a fuel filler for those trucks with a second fuel tank. Since the space was partially obstructed, it made more sense for a permanent mount here, leaving the other side for storage.

Here, you can see the compressor, where it is going, and fitting it.
 

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The battery is going in the front right corner of the bed, under the platform.

Here, you can see the battery and RuffStuff carrier, and where it is going.
 

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Finished!

The compressor is mounted and the battery is secure in its cage.

Neither are wired - that is a project for another day. I am going to add a 12 position fuse block and 6 position relay block by the battery for my circuits.
 

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Hmmm.... What have we here?

I picked this up recently.

Now that I have a second battery, I can install it.
 

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I am going to mount this in the rear of the bed on the driver's side.
 

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I have to modify the sleeping platform to allow for the fridge.

Here, you can see it marked and cut.

I need to add the wiring harness before re-installing the platform. Next weekend.
 

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I also updated my tire repair kit.

I added a valve stem removal and replacement tool. This tool works with the tire mounted on the wheel. I have not tried it, but the video looks pretty cool.

Here you can see the tool set, and my complete tire repair kit.
 

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As preparation for a new set of Deaver leaf springs, I had the truck weighted today. The shop that built the engine has a set of scales (for their race cars,) so I got a weight with much more accuracy than I needed!

LF 1299 RF 1209 Axle Total - 2508
LR 1275 RR 1282 Axle Total - 2557

Total - 5063

Amazingly enough, the truck is almost perfectly biased both front to rear and left to right. Circle track racing anyone???:D

Seriously, the engine swap added approximately 100 pounds to front axle. Not bad.

The rear is heavier than I anticipated. Bumpers and interiors have a cost.

Looking at this, and thinking about the quantity of gear that gets loaded in the truck for an outing, and future wanted mods, the V8 was a better choice to rebuilding the V6.
 






Continuing with the fridge mount, I started running power from the 2nd battery. I decided to keep the fridge's power cord intact, and mount a cigarette lighter receptacle for easy access.
 

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Here, you can see the fridge sitting where it will go.

I will build a sliding shelf to mount the fridge to, to allow it to slide out over the tailgate for ease of access.
 

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