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Jim O'Day
Jim O'Day New Reader
2/26/20 6:21 p.m.

Roll bar and floor pan pictures.

Jim O'Day
Jim O'Day New Reader
5/22/20 1:33 p.m.

Just completed the radiator support. Will be working on the wiring next week. 

Very cool.  I love the engine choice - what a great motor!

Jim O'Day
Jim O'Day New Reader
5/26/20 3:26 p.m.

What flavor are those coil-overs?  Can you go into detail on your selection process?

Jim O'Day
Jim O'Day New Reader
5/28/20 11:07 a.m.

Inexpensive, lol. I've used qa1's for years. They are single adjustable twin tubes, so they work well on smooth surfaces. Autocross or track days. Maybe double adjustable shocks in the future.

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
5/28/20 12:06 p.m.

Lookin sweet!

5/28/20 1:02 p.m.

Bravo on a great job thus far!  I'm excited to see it complete!

Jim O'Day
Jim O'Day New Reader
5/28/20 8:10 p.m.

Thanks for the kind words. Hopefully, autocrossing soon. 

einy (Forum Supporter)
einy (Forum Supporter) HalfDork
5/28/20 8:13 p.m.

Wow, just wow !!!  Nice work, sir !

Jim O'Day
Jim O'Day New Reader
6/7/20 10:37 a.m.

Pictures of the underside.

Jim O'Day
Jim O'Day New Reader
8/2/20 3:38 p.m.

I took it for a spin around the block and it is basically a big go kart, lol. It has some drivability issues, misses and stumbles, but it's getting closer.

Belltownbikes New Reader
9/11/20 12:43 p.m.

What great pics - will be studying them!  Did you make the front A-arms or source them somewhere?  What front spindles did you use?  Thanks - good luck!  Bob

9/13/20 2:40 p.m.

Please finish this project and keep it updated!

And build me one while youre at it!smiley

ProDarwin UltimaDork
9/13/20 6:17 p.m.

Oooo this is so cool.


How much travel does the rear have?  Seems like if you are making your own frame & whatnot, you would benefit from moving the upper shock mount way up for some mega travel?

88xltranger New Reader
10/7/20 1:45 p.m.


Jim O'Day
Jim O'Day New Reader
6/6/22 2:05 p.m.

The Ranger is currently pulling AX and Time attack duties.


Jim O'Day
Jim O'Day New Reader
6/6/22 2:15 p.m.

An update. I'm currently working on composite fender flares, hood and front bumper as well as suspension tuning, brake bias.

I was planning on a twin turbo set-up, but for autocross I'm not sure the power will help, I may op for an E-85 tune.

We have a very competive Cam-T class here in Boise, ID. and the truck is very competitive on 4 year old small tires.

Jim O'Day
Jim O'Day New Reader
6/6/22 2:17 p.m.

In reply to ProDarwin :

Hey, sorry for the late reply. It has aprox. 8" of travel front and rear, way more than whats needed for autocross.

Jim O'Day
Jim O'Day New Reader
6/6/22 2:19 p.m.

In reply to Belltownbikes :

The chassis and A arms are all designed and fabricated by me. The front knuckles are from a Honda S2000.  

88xltranger New Reader
11/23/22 10:19 p.m.

How did all the composite turn out?

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
11/24/22 9:28 a.m.

Somehow I missed this thread. This is such an awesome truck, and I am an avid autocrosser, so there's all sorts of appeal to me. 

are there any videos?

DrMikeCSI Reader
11/26/22 9:13 a.m.

Love the old Rangers. 

Jim O'Day
Jim O'Day New Reader
12/13/22 1:27 p.m.

The Ranger is coming along.

Making progress, I will post some pictures soon.

I got rid of the dual mass flywheel and installed a better clutch as well.

I'm working on an electric power steering unit and completing the fender flares.


Shavarsh HalfDork
12/14/22 7:46 p.m.

How has the 3.7 treated you? Very interested in that engine.

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