Re: starting distress 87 ranger... HELP!
soory i didnt have time to help you out earlier but i have been busy.
tell your friend you dont want his help anymore because he costs you too much money.
apparently the starter selenoid is stuck which allows the battery to flow direct to the starter motor with the key on or off. try rapping that with a screwdriver handle or suitable persuasive device.
as for the 2 plug wire thing that doesnt proove anything in my book because i have seen a V8 engine run on 4 cylinders before, and i have driven my truck home already on 6 cylinders when i had a piston break and split the block.
have you gotten any engine lights yet from the idle problem. i would look for a vacuum leak or something along that line for the roughness issue.
i would rather push my Ford than drive your Chevy !