N Sperlo UltimaDork
Nov. 27, 2012 5:24 p.m.

1991 2.3L 5 speed ranger. Runs well. Needs new ignition and the clutch master cylinder fixed, but the leak is small. The interior is in mediocre condition and the heat works. The exterior is.... meh... and will receive some love. Not as fast as my escort, but it gets good mileage and will haul the small stuff around.

How much, you ask?
$650.00

That's less than it cost to fix my F150's last mishap.

Anti-stance SuperDork
Nov. 27, 2012 5:51 p.m.

For $650? You sir, are winning.

RealMiniDriver SuperDork
Nov. 27, 2012 5:53 p.m.

Nice score.

z31maniac
z31maniac PowerDork
Nov. 27, 2012 5:53 p.m.

I'm glad the typical GRM'r doesn't live in my neighborhood.

Not that it's nice, but the rust buckets you folks are attracted to definitely wouldn't help.

friedgreencorrado PowerDork
Nov. 27, 2012 5:58 p.m.

Sperlo FTW with little workhorses.

N Sperlo UltimaDork
Nov. 27, 2012 6:18 p.m.

That's right. The bigger workhorse is in the background. The only body rust is actually on the bed and I may fix that... maybe. The funny thing is, right now, the ignition switch is not working, so the quick fix for the guy was to run some speaker wire to jump the solenoid. Turn the key, touch the wires, she fires right up!

Oh.. and the inspection was already done.

Anti-stance SuperDork
Nov. 27, 2012 6:26 p.m.

I would love to have an old Ranger as a DD but I am gigantic.

logdog Reader
Nov. 27, 2012 6:26 p.m.
N Sperlo wrote: The funny thing is, right now, the ignition switch is not working, so the quick fix for the guy was to run some speaker wire to jump the solenoid. Turn the key, touch the wires, she fires right up!

Built in anti-theft!

Tom Suddard Intern
Nov. 27, 2012 6:26 p.m.
N Sperlo wrote: The only body rust is actually on the bed

That's an easy fix; do this!

friedgreencorrado PowerDork
Nov. 27, 2012 6:27 p.m.
N Sperlo wrote: That's right. The bigger workhorse is in the background. The only body rust is actually on the bed and I may fix that... maybe. The funny thing is, right now, the ignition switch is not working, so the quick fix for the guy was to run some speaker wire to jump the solenoid. Turn the key, touch the wires, she fires right up! Oh.. and the inspection was already done.

ROFL! Seems like the old racers' screed "I'd rather be lucky than good!" is sometimes true with street cars as well!

N Sperlo UltimaDork
Nov. 27, 2012 6:49 p.m.
Tom Suddard wrote:
N Sperlo wrote: The only body rust is actually on the bed

That's an easy fix; do this!

HAHAAHA! I LOVE IT!

Streetwiseguy UltraDork
Nov. 27, 2012 7:52 p.m.

Clutch hydraulics on Rangers is almost always a leaking slave- you know, the one you have to drop the trans to get to...

Ranger50 UltraDork
Nov. 27, 2012 8:41 p.m.

Wish I could find something like that for that price... Nice find.

N Sperlo UltimaDork
Nov. 27, 2012 9:22 p.m.
Streetwiseguy wrote: Clutch hydraulics on Rangers is almost always a leaking slave- you know, the one you have to drop the trans to get to...

The master is broken below the clutch pedal which broke the safety switch. The clutch still works, it just leaks.

egnorant Dork
Nov. 29, 2012 10:40 a.m.
N Sperlo wrote: That's right. The bigger workhorse is in the background. The only body rust is actually on the bed and I may fix that... maybe. The funny thing is, right now, the ignition switch is not working, so the quick fix for the guy was to run some speaker wire to jump the solenoid. Turn the key, touch the wires, she fires right up! Oh.. and the inspection was already done.

I wore out my 3rd ignition tumbler and did this "modification" to my Escort. Careful because on some Fords the cooling fan relay uses the starter solenoid as the ground. So disconnecting the wire to the solenoid effectively stops your radiator cooling fans from working.

Bruce (Cool truck!)

DukeOfUndersteer UltimaDork
Nov. 29, 2012 10:43 a.m.

Looks good all pre-runner'd up...

andrave HalfDork
Nov. 29, 2012 10:43 a.m.

I was shocked by how little the old rangers trade hands for. Until I discovered the terrible mpg's of even the 4 cyl's (which are hard to find) I was seeking one as a DD.
I have seen several v6's sell for around $500 here, all needing pretty minor work, running and driving and inspected.
I even looked at a '97 ext cab v6 automatic with 170k on it for $900. drove well, but the mileage was abysmal.

N Sperlo UltimaDork
Nov. 29, 2012 10:43 a.m.

In reply to egnorant:

I may keep it a push button start. Idon't think it will effect the clutch fan much.

N Sperlo UltimaDork
Nov. 29, 2012 11:36 a.m.

Hmmm... If the master cylinder doesn't fix the starter problem, I have a plethora of options.

I'll havea safety switch in line, so the starter cannot be activated accidentally. What should I put next to that? Momentary push-button. Light up push button? Momentary toggle? I think they'd all be cool. Any suggestions?

N Sperlo UltimaDork
Nov. 29, 2012 9:31 p.m.

Master cylinder took care of it all. It fired up once with the switch, but someone berkeleyed up the harness, so i just tied the wires. Runs well and it will take some time getting used to a 100 hp truck after driving a 140 hp car for so long.

I had to cut the old master off with a Leatherman. PITA. Installation was a breeze.

N Sperlo UltimaDork
Nov. 30, 2012 7:14 a.m.

Slippery clutch. I can see what I'll be doing next...

Streetwiseguy UltraDork
Nov. 30, 2012 7:34 a.m.
N Sperlo wrote: Slippery clutch. I can see what I'll be doing next...

I'm just gonna mention the weak clutch slave cylinders again now, just in case you were intending to not change it while you have the trans out...

N Sperlo UltimaDork
Nov. 30, 2012 7:37 a.m.
Streetwiseguy wrote:
N Sperlo wrote: Slippery clutch. I can see what I'll be doing next...

I'm just gonna mention the weak clutch slave cylinders again now, just in case you were intending to not change it while you have the trans out...

Oh, yeah. If that transmission is coming down, that slave will be "serviced" as well. In fact with the new more improved master, that slave is ready to go.

Nov. 30, 2012 7:45 a.m.
N Sperlo wrote:
Tom Suddard wrote:
N Sperlo wrote: The only body rust is actually on the bed

That's an easy fix; do this!

HAHAAHA! I LOVE IT!

That is pretty sweet. I could knock that out in a week.
- tubing bender, check
- welder, check
- notcher, check
- pile of mixed cage tubing leftovers, check
- rust bucket ranger.... DOH

N Sperlo UltimaDork
Nov. 30, 2012 7:54 a.m.

In reply to Giant Purple Snorklewacker:

What's your address, now? I'll bring the beer.

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