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Old 11-23-2009, 06:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2.5 ton Ranger(Vids and actions shots, finally)

Got started on my new truck this weekend so I figured I'd get a build thread going.
The body is a 96 Ford Ranger Splash.
2"x4"(.250 wall) box tubing frame.
Wheelbase is going to be stretched to about 114".
4-link w/ 2"(.250 wall) DOM tubing, 1 1/4" Midwest Control heims, 14"
coilovers up front and 16's in the back
532 BBF/C6/NP205
44" Boggers on 16.5 x 14 DIY beadlocks
2.5 Rocks

I'll post up more as I go along.

Pics of the wheel shells.



Pics of the box tubing.



Pics of the Ranger.



And a couple pics of the truck its replacing.

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Old 11-23-2009, 06:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Friday & Saturday 11/20/09 & 11/21/09
My buddy Brian came over on Friday to help me lay out the frame. It took about 7 hours to lay it out and fit it up. Afterwards I started welding it out, gapped all of the welds, put a 6010 root in with a 3/8's 7018 cap. I welded on it for 5 hours on Friday and Saturday morning it took me about 2 hours to finish it up. Stick welding it all made it a little harder to keep the heat down and keep it from drawing but it turned out good.

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Old 11-23-2009, 06:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sunday 11/22/09

I started stripping down the ranger today and transferring the body over to the new frame.

The final ride hight is going to be about about 6" higher(pic is with 44" Bogger), then I will tub it out as needed. The wheel base is going to be stretched a couple inches in the back and about 8 to 10" in the front.




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Old 11-23-2009, 08:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You're planning on fishplating the weld joints int he frame I hope.
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Old 11-23-2009, 09:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 11-23-2009, 09:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Looking good .......and i also like the paint job
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You're planning on fishplating the weld joints int he frame I hope.
I'm going to plate the inside and out just waiting on my sheet of plate to come in tomorrow
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Old 11-24-2009, 06:25 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I too like the current paint. Looks good, I will be following it
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I like the old body better. Put it on the new frame
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I like the old body better. Put it on the new frame
I like the old body better too but I'm trying to cut weight and. The 79 cab is shot plus I'm going to make it a firewood hauler out of it
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That's to bad I realy like those years
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I love the blurple paint. Keep it. Im guessing 4-link front and rear with coils or coilovers??
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sounds savage, i'll be watching also, now , first things first, more pics of the girl in the avatar !!
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dug this up out of the barn over the weekend also. will be mounted between the last 2 crossmembers.

I have no idea where my avatar came from, I found it in my photobucket. Considering how far back I found it I'd say its been there for a few years.
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where'd you get the wheel shells?
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where'd you get the wheel shells?
National Tire and Wheel. Shells are made by Eaton Wheel.
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Cool thanks, I'll do that next time. Beats cutting the centers out of whitespokes
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Looks like a good start I never liked stick welding I bet that was a pain to do a frame with.
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Are u planning on running those most heinous stacks on the new rig?
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Are u planning on running those most heinous stacks on the new rig?
nope, open headers, either uprights or fender well exits
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Looks like a good start I never liked stick welding I bet that was a pain to do a frame with.
If I had a bigger mig I would have went that route. Would have been alot easier.
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order my wheel centers from 406 YJ yesterday. still depating on which DIY beadlock kit to go with. I got some free time today so I started on my body mounts, going to finish them this weekend and try to get a motor and trans in for mockup.

for the mounts I'm using two of these gussets with a 3"x4" flat plate on top. I figured I would need a little body lift to clear the motor and I didn't want to use body blocks so I made my mounts to incorporate the body lift.

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nope, open headers, either uprights or fender well exits
Please don't run them thru the hood, I everytime I see a truck with them. Why not just run a regular exhaust or something reasonable?
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Please don't run them thru the hood, I everytime I see a truck with them. Why not just run a regular exhaust or something reasonable?
probably just fenderwell exits with some turnouts
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