1989 Ranger 4×4 Rescue

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She looks a LOT better here than when we pulled her out of the yard where she had been sitting for some time.

I was looking for some type of 4×4 so we would have something that could actually get around in the snow and ice and ran across this old Ranger for $400. Granted, it had led a pretty rough life over her last few years apparently being ridden hard and put up wet so to speak. I understood the owners son had thrashed the old Ranger around the back roads where they lived and finally the old 2.9L was having issues.

The engine had water in the oil and oil in the water and the previous owner had pulled off the intake with the understanding it was a simple intake gasket issue. Honestly I really didn’t care as my plans at the time was to use one of the 2.3L turbo four cylinder engines I had and replace the 2.9 with it.

The deal was struck and at least the own had the title to make things go a little smoother. I did have to pay a pretty hefty penalty as they hadn’t keep the tag up but we drug her home and I started playing around with it.

Below is how she looked sitting in front of the old building when we originally looked at her

More recent pic of the front – Still need to bed liner coat the roof at this point in 2017.

Automobiles and Projects

My ’69 Stang and Son’s ’66 Galaxie

I’ve been interested in cars from the very beginning like many little boys I guess. Always loved my Hot Wheels at a very young age and loved all things with wheels.

List of the Cars and Projects – Current and Past

1969 Mustang Coupe

Currently owned – Owned this car this 1974, my first car when I was 15 years old. Summary and pretty complete rebuild diary of the work done over the years.

1985 Mustang SVO

Currently owned – Purchased in 2009 as as broken down non runner, has been together and running since then.

Will be migrating the old site page soon to here.

1988 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe

Currently owned – Purchased in 2007 as a junker, it’s kind of still a junker but not as junky, if that makes sense.

Will be migrating the old site page soon to here.

1989 Ford Ranger

Currently owned – Needed a 4×4 and apparently another project the Ranger came along for $400 and not running. Long term I have a 1993 Explorer 4×4 chassis, engine, and driveline that is the long term upgrade. For now it’s running and working good enough with it’s old clacking 2.9L.

Will be migrating the old site page soon to here.

1966 Ford Galaxie

The Gal in 2015 after arriving at our house.

Currently owned – My son started getting interested in another old car project while in college and we found this old Gal for $500 as a long term project for he and I. Since then he’s had a beautiful baby girl, started a new career, bought a new house for his family and the Gal lives at our house. Slow progress continues however.

1994 Mazda B4000

Before the 30″ tires, etc as Dad drove it

Currently owned – My father purchased this truck new in 1994 for a commuter vehicle and to have a pickup. He drove it as his main vehicle until his passing in 2004. The last time he took our son Austin out to buy a toy before he couldn’t drive any more was in this truck. My mother passed it on to Austin in 2017 for him to drive. He added some 30″ tires and wheels like the Ranger has on it and put quite a few miles on it. Even today however, it still only has about 95k on the odometer.

In 2019 Austin needed a bigger truck to get his family in so I bought the truck from him and will be using it for a nice driver often. Plans are to put some 2007 Mustang wheels and tires on it and lower it back down as I already have the 1989 Ranger as an off road truck.

More content coming soon.

1991 Mustang GT

Sold – Austin’s first car – sold long ago but it was a very nice FoxBody.

1995 Nissan 240SX Project

Sold – First father / son car project with Austin. One wrecked red car, one white roller ends up with one fun car in the end.

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