Ford Ranger fans - Unite!

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  1. Roamer

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    Lot of talk on here about a certain *other* small truck. How about the trusty Ford Ranger?

    Show me yours & I'll show you mine.

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    Mine's a 2006 4x4, 4.0 V6 with automatic. It had hard use as a county utility truck in Pennsylvania before we bought it a few months ago with 100k miles. And it's still going strong.

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    Got the camper shell for free and did some work to make it leakproof. I've also been tidying up some rust on the frame. Not too bad but figured I better stop it in its tracks.

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    Built a sleeping/storage platform in the bed. Very handy for adventuring.

    This is actually our second 'Ranger'. We bought a brand-new Mazda version, a B3000, in 1998 and had a lot of good times with it.

    Show me your Ford Rangers!
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    1998 model is starting to make some loose exhaust pipe noises at 172,000 miles.

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    IMG_0219.JPG IMG_0073.JPG Just got rid of my "Ranger Danger" 235,000 miles and ran like a top. Been out west to Colorado, upstate new York a few times, and back and forth from Virginia to NJ more times than I can count. I would have driven her anywhere. 2wd 2.5 manual trans super easy on gas and a pleasure to drive:)
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    My 1999 Ranger 4.0 V6 4X4 248,000 ks. I got rid of the vacuum hubs and installed a set of manual ones
    And I upgraded the front end a few months ago . So now I can grease all the ball joints
    I made the rack up at work for hauling my canoe. It's been a really good truck

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    August 2007 007.jpg A little winter fun 015.jpg A little winter fun 003.jpg My own little Ranger Danger doin what it does best... A little winter fun 003.jpg
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    I had one when I was 16 years old. I do not remember what year I got rid of it, but I believe it was three years ago when we found out that we were having a baby. Nonetheless, I drove it hard. I ended up with over 300,000 miles on the truck. It was unreal. Same engine!! Had some problems here and there, but she ran like a beauty. Wish I still had it.
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    I used to have a 2000 4x4 red ranger and I loved that thing, makes me wish I still had it. The guy I sold it to wrecked it and fixed her back up, but messed with it too much.
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    I've had three of them rust apart under me. Can't say it's been a great love affair, but then, I don't really like vehicles.
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    Love the Ranger pics, gentlemen...check your leaf spring mounts and shackles in the rear. It was a chronic problem that was often un-diagnosed for many miles and only gets worse. Also, if you do find one mount has rusted out, just replace all four of them at the same time, it's a PITA, but less so if you just need to do it once.
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    For this I bolted in reversed Chevy 3 inch drop shackles for a lift. See my pic. Mine rusted through and was resting on the bed for over a year. Squirrelly driving.
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    I've had some bad luck with those 4.0s in two different Rangers. One had perpetual ignition problems, the other constantly had EGR issues after 100000 miles. Tried a sport trac for a while, just wasn't for me.

    To me the 80s rangers were a great truck. Theyre fun to put a v8 in also. The 2.9 engines weren't power houses but did run forever. I'd love to find a Bronco II 4x4 with a 5 speed - one of the best (and under rated) hunting machines ever made. They rusted out long ago around here but they were fun while they lasted.
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    This was my 99 Ranger. 4.0 v6 auto 4wd had almost 400k when a car load of underaged drunks totaled it on me.
    Had a local built 1-1/2 inch lift ontop of cranked bars and a add a leaf kit. 31" tires Custom front brush bar by a local racecar builder.

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    I have a '96 4.0 v6 with about 30,000 miles on it.
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    I had a red and black 83 diesel. Wore out the diesel so I dropped in a 302 and a 4 speed, wow what a fun ride. Sold it in 97.
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    I am ashamed to show an image because it is so dirty and rusty.
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    Come on, that's the best kind. Post it up!
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    I drive a 2001 4x4 auto V6 Ranger as my work vehicle every day. 200k miles, still going strong.
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    My future 2019 Ford Ranger 4x4 with 3.2-liter five-cylinder turbo-diesel. I can dream at least.
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    Man, I would love to get a Ranger with a turbodiesel. But it looks HUGE. Wonder how the size compares to my Ranger....o_O
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    What a great old Ranger, Birdman. Love it! :dblthumb::42:
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    We'll I said above the 4.0 engines weren't great for my family, Dad just blew his 2004 rangers 4.0 engine Saturday.

    I think it's the oil pump, engine shut down on the highway and now it clatters and has low power/shuts off. oil pressure light is on, goes away at higher rpm. He hit a chunk of tire a couple weeks ago and blew off the oil filter, I think it sucked up road grit and plugged the pump screen. We got oil in it right away but doesn't matter now. It's not knocking, I think the noise is the timing chains slapping around from low oil psi. I put 15w40 in it and it ran better but still not drive able. I've read the oil pump almost has to be changed outside the truck and would rather put a newer engine back in than go through this one. Anyone know where I can find one western WV, eastern KY?
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    2006 Ranger FX4 Level 2 package, sitting on 32's
    We are just about to roll over 300,000km on her too.
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    Pull a part Knoxville tn
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    I had an 86 Ranger 4X4. Great truck. I put about 160,000 hard miles on it in 7 years. Only vehicle that I ever had airborne.

    Sold it when I need to tow more.
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    My work fleet used them for years.
    They were great compact trucks.
    Given the low care & maintenance the twat drivers gave, they did very well. Far better than the 'Chev S-10s.
    Fwiw, All our Fords fared much better than GMs.
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