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Old 11-04-2005, 14:01   #1 (permalink)
pyotr filipivich
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Time to change /upgrade/ replace a 1990 Ranger?

Greetings and Salutations

I have a 1990 Ford Ranger: a basic, stock, un special truck with a shell on
it and two major dents (They're not obvious, but someone before me took a
hit.) It's got 200,000 miles on it, needs tires, brakes, probably rotors,
and I don't know what all might show up in a close inspection. There are
some rattles in the engine, which could just be it needs "purging", but it
uses oil. Doesn't burn it, just does something with it (Sends it
Haliburton?)
I'd like a more recent model of the same basic truck. As I say "Manual
tranny, four cylinder, extended cab (for the ever important space to stuff
'stuff'), 4x2, not red, not black, nor 'road spray grey'." I realize that
buying second hand limits my options, but ...

But, what is the consensus? Keep and save for a replacement, or
replace it now?

Oh yeah, I had to replace the radio; I put in an AM/FM CD player with
MP3 capacity, so it is not a bad truck to drive.


tschus
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Old 11-04-2005, 15:01   #2 (permalink)
Al Bundy
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Re: Time to change /upgrade/ replace a 1990 Ranger?


pyotr filipivich wrote:
> Greetings and Salutations
>
> I have a 1990 Ford Ranger: a basic, stock, un special truck with a shell on
> it and two major dents (They're not obvious, but someone before me took a
> hit.) It's got 200,000 miles on it, needs tires, brakes, probably rotors,
> and I don't know what all might show up in a close inspection. There are
> some rattles in the engine, which could just be it needs "purging", but it
> uses oil. Doesn't burn it, just does something with it (Sends it
> Haliburton?)
> I'd like a more recent model of the same basic truck. As I say "Manual
> tranny, four cylinder, extended cab (for the ever important space to stuff
> 'stuff'), 4x2, not red, not black, nor 'road spray grey'." I realize that
> buying second hand limits my options, but ...
>
> But, what is the consensus? Keep and save for a replacement, or
> replace it now?
>
> Oh yeah, I had to replace the radio; I put in an AM/FM CD player with
> MP3 capacity, so it is not a bad truck to drive.
>
>

Your post doesn't make sense. If your truck doesn' t leak oil, it
burns it. It does not "just do something with it." And is it a qt. in
200 miles or 2000 miles?
What the hell is "purging" the engine? If it's noisy, it's probably
something worn.
The things you say it needs are just maintenance items. Why not do a
closer inspection to find out everything?
If you want another Ranger, go buy one. there's a bunch out there
between 1990-2005.

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Old 11-04-2005, 16:01   #3 (permalink)
Strabo
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Re: Time to change /upgrade/ replace a 1990 Ranger?

In Time to change /upgrade/ replace a 1990 Ranger? on Fri, 04 Nov
2005 21:18:58 GMT, by pyotr filipivich, we read:

>Greetings and Salutations
>
>I have a 1990 Ford Ranger: a basic, stock, un special truck with a shell on
>it and two major dents (They're not obvious, but someone before me took a
>hit.) It's got 200,000 miles on it, needs tires, brakes, probably rotors,
>and I don't know what all might show up in a close inspection. There are
>some rattles in the engine, which could just be it needs "purging", but it
>uses oil. Doesn't burn it, just does something with it (Sends it
>Haliburton?)
> I'd like a more recent model of the same basic truck. As I say "Manual
>tranny, four cylinder, extended cab (for the ever important space to stuff
>'stuff'), 4x2, not red, not black, nor 'road spray grey'." I realize that
>buying second hand limits my options, but ...
>
> But, what is the consensus? Keep and save for a replacement, or
>replace it now?
>
> Oh yeah, I had to replace the radio; I put in an AM/FM CD player with
>MP3 capacity, so it is not a bad truck to drive.


The Ranger is not as strong a truck as the F150 series
or the Chevy 1500, which you might consider. All parts
for these trucks from the 1970s forward are being
remanufactured. The older full size trucks in VGC also
hold their value.

Check equipment catalogs for options and after market
accessories.

And ideal used truck is...

- locally owned
- 1 owner
- at least 4 years old
- well maintained
- no rust


I like a V-8, 4 WD, manual shift with medium
ratio gearing. Properly tuned and driven you can
get 20+ mpg on the road and it should last for 300,000 miles.

The key to solving the transportation problem is
flexibility and relationships.

Avoid dealers and look for a private sale.
Keep about $8,000 cash on hand and be open to
buy outright or trade. I'd look for something between
1985 and 1995. A VGC mid to late 1980s F150 or 1500 can
be had for $4000 - $5000.

An easy way to find a truck is to know a mechanic
who is into the type you want. His job and personal
interest will attract buyers and sellers. Offer an
finder's fee. Let him do inspections and repairs on
your truck. Once he feels you're "in the loop" he'll
look out for you.

Find a good one, purchase it and try it out. By following
the guidelines, if you come across something more desirable,
just put yours back on the market.


Good luck.


>tschus
>pyotr



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Old 11-04-2005, 19:01   #4 (permalink)
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"pyotr filipivich" <phamp@mindspring.com> wrote in message
news:qljnm1tu83v2uc33n3mdkheha4lljkf5nm@4ax.com...
> Greetings and Salutations
>
> I have a 1990 Ford Ranger: a basic, stock, un special truck with a shell
> on
> it and two major dents (They're not obvious, but someone before me took a
> hit.) It's got 200,000 miles on it, needs tires, brakes, probably rotors,


> and I don't know what all might show up in a close inspection. There are
> some rattles in the engine, which could just be it needs "purging", but it
> uses oil. Doesn't burn it, just does something with it (Sends it
> Haliburton?)
> I'd like a more recent model of the same basic truck. As I say "Manual
> tranny, four cylinder, extended cab (for the ever important space to stuff
> 'stuff'), 4x2, not red, not black, nor 'road spray grey'." I realize that
> buying second hand limits my options, but ...
>
> But, what is the consensus? Keep and save for a replacement, or
> replace it now?



You need $120 worth of brake parts from Autozone, new tires figure
$250, check your tailpipe with your finger to see where oil goes,
if it runs and is paid for its hard to beat.
Otherwise get another Ranger, I am on my 3rd.



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Old 11-04-2005, 21:01   #5 (permalink)
Gunner
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Re: Time to change /upgrade/ replace a 1990 Ranger?

On Fri, 04 Nov 2005 21:18:58 GMT, pyotr filipivich
<phamp@mindspring.com> wrote:

>Greetings and Salutations
>
>I have a 1990 Ford Ranger: a basic, stock, un special truck with a shell on
>it and two major dents (They're not obvious, but someone before me took a
>hit.) It's got 200,000 miles on it, needs tires, brakes, probably rotors,
>and I don't know what all might show up in a close inspection. There are
>some rattles in the engine, which could just be it needs "purging", but it
>uses oil. Doesn't burn it, just does something with it (Sends it
>Haliburton?)
> I'd like a more recent model of the same basic truck. As I say "Manual
>tranny, four cylinder, extended cab (for the ever important space to stuff
>'stuff'), 4x2, not red, not black, nor 'road spray grey'." I realize that
>buying second hand limits my options, but ...
>
> But, what is the consensus? Keep and save for a replacement, or
>replace it now?
>
> Oh yeah, I had to replace the radio; I put in an AM/FM CD player with
>MP3 capacity, so it is not a bad truck to drive.
>
>
>tschus
>pyotr


Im driving a 1994 Mazda B3000 SE. Same truck as the Ford Ranger XLT
extended cab. 3.0 v6, and it has 382,000 miles on it. The rear end is
finally starting to whine just a smidge. Original u-joints, all tight,
original front end, 3 set of shocks, original tranny (5spd). I
replaced the engine from a Ford Taurus at 294,000 miles, after finding
out there was zip compression from #1 + 4, due to a blown head
gasket/water leak and having the borrower drive it back to
town...empty. Annealed the rings in those two cylinders.
.. Never did use any oil

During its life so far..Ive replaced 3 clutches( I haul a trailer full
of machine tools pretty regularly) 1 starter, 1 distrubtor, 1
alternator, and two serpentine belts..Oh..water pump and radiator, as
a matter of course when swapping out the engine.

Ill buy another one soon as I can find the same truck and have money
in my pocket.

Gunner

"Pax Americana is a philosophy. Hardly an empire.
Making sure other people play nice and dont kill each other (and us)
off in job lots is hardly empire building, particularly when you give
them self determination under "play nice" rules.

Think of it as having your older brother knock the shit out of you
for torturing the cat." Gunner
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Old 11-04-2005, 21:01   #6 (permalink)
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On Fri, 4 Nov 2005 17:54:54 -0800, "Scott" <homealone.com> wrote:

>
>"pyotr filipivich" <phamp@mindspring.com> wrote in message
>news:qljnm1tu83v2uc33n3mdkheha4lljkf5nm@4ax.com...
>> Greetings and Salutations
>>
>> I have a 1990 Ford Ranger: a basic, stock, un special truck with a shell
>> on
>> it and two major dents (They're not obvious, but someone before me took a
>> hit.) It's got 200,000 miles on it, needs tires, brakes, probably rotors,

>
>> and I don't know what all might show up in a close inspection. There are
>> some rattles in the engine, which could just be it needs "purging", but it
>> uses oil. Doesn't burn it, just does something with it (Sends it
>> Haliburton?)
>> I'd like a more recent model of the same basic truck. As I say "Manual
>> tranny, four cylinder, extended cab (for the ever important space to stuff
>> 'stuff'), 4x2, not red, not black, nor 'road spray grey'." I realize that
>> buying second hand limits my options, but ...
>>
>> But, what is the consensus? Keep and save for a replacement, or
>> replace it now?

>
>
>You need $120 worth of brake parts from Autozone, new tires figure
>$250, check your tailpipe with your finger to see where oil goes,
>if it runs and is paid for its hard to beat.
>Otherwise get another Ranger, I am on my 3rd.
>
>

Rotors are $35 each from the autozone. Seldom need them though..

Gunner

"Pax Americana is a philosophy. Hardly an empire.
Making sure other people play nice and dont kill each other (and us)
off in job lots is hardly empire building, particularly when you give
them self determination under "play nice" rules.

Think of it as having your older brother knock the shit out of you
for torturing the cat." Gunner
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Old 11-05-2005, 21:01   #7 (permalink)
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Gunner <gunnerNOSPAM@lightspeed.net> wrote:


>Im driving a 1994 Mazda B3000 SE. Same truck as the Ford Ranger XLT
>extended cab. 3.0 v6, and it has 382,000 miles on it. The rear end is
>finally starting to whine just a smidge. Original u-joints, all tight,
>original front end, 3 set of shocks, original tranny (5spd). I
>replaced the engine from a Ford Taurus at 294,000 miles, after finding
>out there was zip compression from #1 + 4, due to a blown head
>gasket/water leak and having the borrower drive it back to
>town...empty. Annealed the rings in those two cylinders.
>. Never did use any oil
>
>During its life so far..Ive replaced 3 clutches( I haul a trailer full
>of machine tools pretty regularly) 1 starter, 1 distrubtor, 1
>alternator, and two serpentine belts..Oh..water pump and radiator, as
>a matter of course when swapping out the engine.
>
>Ill buy another one soon as I can find the same truck and have money
>in my pocket.
>
>Gunner


Too bad that they don't come with the great two-tone paintjobs found
on the older F-150s.

Gio
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Old 11-05-2005, 22:01   #8 (permalink)
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Let the record show that Gio Medici <giomedici@sumware.com> wrote back on
Sat, 05 Nov 2005 07:46:05 -0700 in alt.trucks.ford :
> Gunner <gunnerNOSPAM@lightspeed.net> wrote:
>
>
>>Im driving a 1994 Mazda B3000 SE. Same truck as the Ford Ranger XLT
>>extended cab. 3.0 v6, and it has 382,000 miles on it. The rear end is
>>finally starting to whine just a smidge. Original u-joints, all tight,
>>original front end, 3 set of shocks, original tranny (5spd). I
>>replaced the engine from a Ford Taurus at 294,000 miles, after finding
>>out there was zip compression from #1 + 4, due to a blown head
>>gasket/water leak and having the borrower drive it back to
>>town...empty. Annealed the rings in those two cylinders.
>>. Never did use any oil
>>
>>During its life so far..Ive replaced 3 clutches( I haul a trailer full
>>of machine tools pretty regularly) 1 starter, 1 distrubtor, 1
>>alternator, and two serpentine belts..Oh..water pump and radiator, as
>>a matter of course when swapping out the engine.
>>
>>Ill buy another one soon as I can find the same truck and have money
>>in my pocket.
>>
>>Gunner

>
>Too bad that they don't come with the great two-tone paintjobs found
>on the older F-150s.


I'd like one of the older style F-100s, myself. In the Faded Puke
Green that takes so long to really age into.


tschus
pyotr

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Old 11-17-2005, 07:01   #9 (permalink)
pyotr filipivich
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Let the record show that "Scott" <homealone.com> wrote back on Fri, 4 Nov
2005 17:54:54 -0800 in alt.trucks.ford :
>
>"pyotr filipivich" <phamp@mindspring.com> wrote in message
>news:qljnm1tu83v2uc33n3mdkheha4lljkf5nm@4ax.com...
>> Greetings and Salutations
>>
>> I have a 1990 Ford Ranger: a basic, stock, un special truck with a shell
>> on
>> it and two major dents (They're not obvious, but someone before me took a
>> hit.) It's got 200,000 miles on it, needs tires, brakes, probably rotors,

>
>> and I don't know what all might show up in a close inspection. There are
>> some rattles in the engine, which could just be it needs "purging", but it
>> uses oil. Doesn't burn it, just does something with it (Sends it
>> Haliburton?)
>> I'd like a more recent model of the same basic truck. As I say "Manual
>> tranny, four cylinder, extended cab (for the ever important space to stuff
>> 'stuff'), 4x2, not red, not black, nor 'road spray grey'." I realize that
>> buying second hand limits my options, but ...
>>
>> But, what is the consensus? Keep and save for a replacement, or
>> replace it now?

>
>
>You need $120 worth of brake parts from Autozone, new tires figure
>$250, check your tailpipe with your finger to see where oil goes,
>if it runs and is paid for its hard to beat.
>Otherwise get another Ranger, I am on my 3rd.


It is more of a case of "I want a 'bigger' truck" - along the lines of
more cab room. I realized the other day that my Toyota Corolla hatchback
had been a slightly more "efficient" vehicle, as I could take the pile in
the passenger seat, toss it over the seat into the back, and be ready to
carry a passenger. Much harder to do in a standard cab pickup with a shell
on the back. Have to get out, and unlock the shell, then shovel the
newspapers mail and whatnot ... :-)

I'll probably just get the brakes and tires done, and put off replacing
it for a couple more years.

But one of these days, I intend to own a late model pick up. I'll
accept a new truck, but only if someone else wants to pay the difference
:-)


pyotr

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