Summer Project Truck Re-build

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Summer Project Truck Re-build

Just out of high school picked up a second hand 4wd Ranger pickup.  On Kauai there's lots of four wheeling-- on beaches to get to surf spots and also lots of mud trails.  Well i wound up getting into a wreck with this first truck.  the body was totaled but the engine was still good.  So i tracked down a second truck that someone poured sugar into and picked it up for $500.  So i towed it home and unfortunately didn't have a garage to work in and had to go old school.  Did all the work on a farm laying on plywood.  


So I stripped the trucks down to there frames and began swapping parts.  Replacing the ceased stock four banger with a stock V-6, I wasn’t going to sink money into this.  I had to cut and move the transmission cross member to accommodate an automatic to five speed transmission change.  Put in a high performance CenterForce clutch.  Swap-out drive shafts for shorter ones. (first truck was king cab, second was short bed)  Change wire harnesses, put in a fresh computer and reset the equilibrium trip button.  Installed cab, bed, doors, hood and fenders.  I treated myself to a Grant steering wheel, a
Hurst
shifter and some bucket seats.  I gave it a 3 inch lift and 33’ Mickey Thompson tires.

 

The merging of the two trucks worked out really good.  The slightly bigger engine with a good clutch mated to a 5 speed tranny down to differential gears in an axle designed for an automatic trans.….lower gears yielding more torque/ power.  But also having a 5th gear as to not wind out the gears on highway. 

 

    

 

   

Hot2na
Re: Summer Project Truck Re-build

sounds like this project has kept you relatively busy. is this your first wrench-your-own job?

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Vash the Stampede
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yup pretty much.  just bought a repair manual and a basic craftsman set. lots of trips to sears, craftsman exchanges tools no questions.  so that was great.  asked a mechanic friend lots of questions.  i wound up breaking it a few more times.  i would just push the truck way to hard.  it killed off road though.  i wound up giving it to a friend.

snazzy
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i was reading this b/c i know someone who likes to put vehicles together in his "Fankenstein" kinda way. i think its pretty neat. For a girl i dont mind getting my hands dirty. i just dont like rebuilding transmitions. ive never tried but im sure it would be a mess for me. anyway congrats and have fun! p.s. just more to add to your GUG Love Match profile so all you single ladies out there.....in hawaii?........ha!

p to the izzle
Re: Summer Project Truck Re-build

That's awesome. My first car was easy to work on but now with computers and such it kinda sucks. Of course my cars have gotten better over the years and require less work.  There's nothing quite like being able to do things your self.

I don't want to die without any scars. 

Vash the Stampede
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yah the wire harness was the hardest part.  i asked my cousin to do it.

bella22
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Wow, You are one talented man! How cool being able to say that you built/put together your own truck :)
-Pain is weakness leaving the body- USMC OOrah!

Wonderland
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 Awesome vashy.  Smile

 

"You've got to be crazy, gotta have a real need."

Vash the Stampede
Re: Summer Project Truck Re-build

awesome,  thanksSmile

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