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1997 Ford Ranger

Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 07:37
by RewT
I got this truck in a trade last year in april. It has been a great little truck that gets awesome gas millage and has not had a any problems except wheel bearing and a bad u-joint. here are a couple of pics the day I picked it up.

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Alittle bit of damage..

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PO really couldnt decided on a color.

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And another color.

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Re: 1997 Ford Ranger

Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 07:45
by RewT
1st thing I did was lowered it.

Front. Just cut the coils and added new caster shims.
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Rear moved the axle from under the springs to on top of the springs, also added a set of shackles. PO removed them causing the rear end to bind and take out the U-joint.
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And a after pic, also started sanding off the multi layers of paint.
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Re: 1997 Ford Ranger

Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 07:49
by RewT
I did alittle more work on the truck this morning. First here is a pic of what it looked like to start.

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I started by removing everything off the front except the headlights.

Here is a pic of the grille before.

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New paint.

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Then did some stripping of the overspray off of the top of the griile chrome and headlight trim

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Re: 1997 Ford Ranger

Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 07:50
by RewT
Here is another pic of the grille chrome half stripped.

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And all put back together with some new parts.

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Re: 1997 Ford Ranger

Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 07:52
by RewT
After being pretty busy with customers cars this last week, I really didnt get to much time to work on my truck. I decided it was just to nice to stay inside and watch tv all day, so after I mowed the lawn I broke out the welder and body hammers and made my tailgate straight. I started by knocking off the bondo the PO spread over the old Emblem holes which didnt hold up very good. I then welded in the 4 small holes around the tailgate that were there for no reason that I could see.


First coat of filler.
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After sanding and the 2nd coat.
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And back onto the truck.
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Re: 1997 Ford Ranger

Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 07:53
by RewT
Found a place this morning that sells the aftermarket clear style taillights, so I went up and got a set and installed them.

Here is the before.
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And the new.
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And installed on the truck.
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I was going to go with factory tailights, but these were cheap and I didnt have to pay shipping.

Re: 1997 Ford Ranger

Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 07:56
by RewT
Its all one color again. Still has a couple of dents I need to adress and some sanding to to do. But its one color now and I can see what I need to fix alittle better.

All masked up and ready for the 2nd coat.
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Still waiting for my valance.
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Primered for now.
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Also replaced the door speakers and add some tweeters. It was a kit that came with new speakers and crossover I installed into the door, sounds way better.
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At this point I just started cruising and enjoying the truck for months, I then got a bagged s-10 in a trade, so i decided to fix some small stuff and paint the ranger.

Re: 1997 Ford Ranger

Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 08:00
by RewT
This truck is now in the shop getting some new suspension mods, body straighten and then painted.
Here are a acouple of pics of the work I got done this afternoon.

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Re: 1997 Ford Ranger

Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 08:01
by RewT
gettin the rear mini C done today.

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And all back together..
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Gettin pressure washed tomorow, then back to have thr rear frame area painted, then paint.

Re: 1997 Ford Ranger

Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 08:12
by RewT
Bedliner Refresh.

Before.
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After.
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And where I am today, I still got alittle more work to do on the bed, then it will get painted and reassembled.
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Re: 1997 Ford Ranger

Posted: 26 Jan 2013, 11:20
by RewT
Here are some of the pics of the new paint..

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Re: 1997 Ford Ranger

Posted: 26 Jan 2013, 11:23
by RewT
And a few from outside.

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Re: 1997 Ford Ranger

Posted: 26 Jan 2013, 11:34
by RewT
And the interior.

First a couple before pics.


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And changing it up.

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and a pic of the new custom door panel.

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Re: 1997 Ford Ranger

Posted: 26 Jan 2013, 11:39
by RewT
And Here are some pics of the truck put all back together.

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Re: 1997 Ford Ranger

Posted: 26 Jan 2013, 11:43
by RewT
Next the truck got all new speakers, including front and rear and also added some tweeters and installed inside of the door new crossovers, next it is getting a custom speaker box with 1 10" sub and amp behind the seat.

Here is a pic of the crossover.

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I will get more pics as soon as I start building the rest of the system.

Re: 1997 Ford Ranger

Posted: 07 Feb 2013, 09:18
by RewT
Got all the touch up painting done, and have been driving this truck around. I am still looking to get a new headliner and visors to finish off the inside makeover.

I also ordered the front Valence yesterday and it will be here today so a quick paint job on it and install it onto the rig. Here is a pic of the style I ordered.
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I also upgraded the door speakers to a new set of 5x7's I am testing to see If I want to offer them to our customers.
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I will let you guys know if they work out and if your intrested in purchasing call the shop for a price.

Re: 1997 Ford Ranger

Posted: 08 Feb 2013, 17:47
by RewT
I did get a couple of small things done this last couple of days.

First thing I did was painted the front and rear brakes and cleaned up the rims.

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Then I ordered the front foglight Valence I have been wanting for a while. It came in this morining.

Before pic.
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And after.
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Re: 1997 Ford Ranger

Posted: 11 Feb 2013, 07:03
by RewT
And got the valence installed this weekend. Now just to get some fog lights in there.

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Next on the list is a new set of drop beams.

Re: 1997 Ford Ranger

Posted: 11 Feb 2013, 07:10
by Edward
Have you Checked into what Lights will fit?

Re: 1997 Ford Ranger

Posted: 28 Feb 2013, 14:30
by RewT
I just ordered a set of factory fog lights so I know they will fit. They should be here tommorow or monday.