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Just about ready to go with the Splash swap. I haven't worked in a confined space like that since my `96 ext cab Splash over 10 years ago. That little truck was stupid fast and somewhat dangerous with a 347 stroker in it. No posi either.
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I had a 1990 V8 Ranger too. My wife blew the V6 up (head gasket) and a 302 replaced it. I put the wheels from it on the 347 Ranger. My brother had an `88 V8 Ranger too so it must be genetic.
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Cherry picker ready.. Check! I already pulled the V6 out but I still have to yank the engine out of the `96 Explorer donor. I'm not using that 5.0 but I want everything off it, especially the accessories which are are shorter than usual so Ford could fit a V8 in the Explorer. The top row of shelves in the background is all 5.0 parts from my `90 Mustang. Bought it new but it came to an untimely end. I kept the 5.0 HO EFI engine and 5 speed tranny. That's what I'm using for this Splash. My previous Rangers had carbs.
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So far so good with the Atlas lift John. Definitely a game changer aren't they? I have an old Atlas compressor in the back corner too (3rd pic). I put a newer pump on it but the 2 HP industrial type motor is original. It only runs at about half the RPM my newer 5 HP Eagle huffer does but it keeps up just as well as for sandblasting. It was a dull greyish color when I got it so I painted it 'Atlas' blue.

This little 5.0L Ranger would be a dead ringer for mine except for the hood scoops and wheels. I like that style of hood scoop a lot, just not the obviously fake stick on type. It's actually similar to my favourite hood ever, which is the rally sport style that was on my 70 Cuda. It was equally cool from the driver's seat or seeing it from the outside. I also took the topper off my truck. Gonna get a tonneau cover.
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I'm going with the exact same Torque Thrust wheels as these except I'm putting 15x10's on the back and 15x8's on the front with big fat tires.
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First day back on the Splash project and the weather this week is supposed to be like Texas tMac's. Not nearly as hot but sweltering for outside work. Not enough to stop me though.

I had my heart set on an AC Cobra kit car when I retired then changed my mind because they're about as practical as my old Vette. Which is to say not at all! No more seating room in the Splash but at least the box will be handy for passengers. I wish my mother-in-law was still with us, heh heh!
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I'm still teetering on the colour. This is one option..
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So are these. I like this Boss 429 in Grabber blue but I like John Deere yellow even more.
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That is just plain cool John. I don't have my grandpa's truck but I have my father's and it's exactly like my grandfather's. I didn't realize how nostalgic I am till I got older. Maybe you younger guys should keep stuff you might not hang on to otherwise for later.
This is my son's '87 Ranger that he got from his grandfather.
My plan of attack is..

1. Clean all the surface rust off the frame from the cab on back. I left the cab floor area oiled the way it was when I got it. It's very good as is with zero rust. Zero rust in the engine bay too. The rear frame has some surface rust above where the spare tire was and on top of the frame where the oil didn't get to. Nothing serious but I'll be a few days getting rid of it with a wire wheel attachment. Then I'm gonna paint it flat black, wait till it cures and then oil the snot out of it. This truck will be a daily driver. Probably won't take it out in the winter but I want it oiled up anyway.

Note: I'm gonna put an 8.8"rear end with taller gears in the truck out of a 4L Ranger (they already have the correct spring perches) so no need to clean and paint the 7.5" in it now. My first `96 Splash had 3:73 gears and it would plant you firmly back in the seat. I'm looking forward to that. I'm keeping the rear springs but I'm gonna get new rear (bolt-on) perches though. The existing ones have badly rusted nuts and bolts on the rear spring shackles even though the truck was oiled every year. It'll likely be easier to just cut them off.

2. Test fit the engine. I expect some creative cussing to occur at this point. I have Jeg's V8 install kit and also everything off the Explorer. Whatever will work the best will be used. Nice the heater box doesn't have to be modded like the other trucks. I'm gonna use the Explorer AC and heater parts. If you look at the V8 installed in the `96 Explorer over you'll see Ford could have easily put a 302 in the Ranger. It's the exact same engine bay as the `96 Splash. Crummy dark pic of the Explorer engine bay, sorry. The accessories are all shorter than than Mustang ones and the rad fits nicely under the rad support. It's still good too. Maybe it was replaced at some point. All the emissions stuff will be re-used too. Also a pair of high flow cats. No etests here now so I could go with a carb but technically a vehicle still has to have the emissions equipment for that model year on it so I'm gonna give the EFI the old college try and see how it goes.
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3. Totally clean up the front suspension, axle etc and paint them too. Gonna oil that stuff too. I have new rotors on the shelf for the front brakes and I'm gonna go with all new pads and brake lines. Probably gas line(s) too. Depends on what they're like. I have stainless steel tubing that would work. I have the tool to do it but I'm not keen on doing the bending work. Both vehicles have a return line to the tank so it would be double the trouble.
 
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That's another reason I'm thinking of changing color Chuck. I washed my black 01 Edge so many times the paint should be worn off. You never see people with a brown truck do that, oddly enough.

Never mentioned it before but I always think of you as Professor Peabody from Rocky and Bullwinkle. Your Wayback Machine of the mind and a genius for solving vintage JD electrical issues has made you a highly regarded member here.

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A `61 Starliner? Wow. Very very rare, especially black. My `96 Splash will be a lot easier to wash. My Edge was taller and I had to use a box to get up and do the roof.

Hey Don, that's a really nice BLACK Deere hauler (heh heh!). Looks like it has about 1 mile on it. I'd gladly wash that truck every day. I still might leave mine black. I'm like a little boy who can't decide which flavor of ice cream he wants. Same length and seating as your GM so I can only squeeze 3 in my F150 no matter what angle it's on.
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My Ranger will only handle 3 if they're skinny and like each other a lot. It's only good for vertical rides right now anyway.
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Today I did some test wire wheeling with a drill to see what I can expect with the frame cleanup. There's some pitting on the top where the oil never got to, more than I recall actually. The truck was on the hoist for 6 months with stuff parked under it so I hadn't looked at the top for a while. It's still plenty strong enough and the pitting will be invisible when I put the truck together but it still kinda bugs me. My plan is to take everything off the frame, strip off the rust, then paint it (not shiny) black, then oil the heck out of it. Not gonna touch the frame under the cab. It's excellent just the way it is.
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After that I got the gas tank cleaned up. It was a tar-like mess but underneath that it was pretty good.
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2 hours later after liberal amounts of WD-40 and elbow grease. The fuel pump works fine but the fuel line connections are brittle from corrosion. No oil got to them. The `93 Splash has an almost new pump in it (I know that because I installed it) so I'm gonna pull the box off it and switch pumps.
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I recovered 12 gallons of gas from the tank btw. Free mower gas for a month. I also got some gas in my mouth when I primed the siphon hose. I spit and flushed and cussed for 10 minutes or so but no harm done. It tasted like 100 proof Jamaican rum mixed with mouthwash. According to my taste buds anyway.
 
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Ever notice how much more detail you see in pics vs being there? Or is it just me? There's still some goo left on the shiny heat insulating material on the tank tank. I didn't see it till I posted that pic. Same thing happens with swap meets and shows. I always see way more stuff in the pics than I do walking around. One year I was looking for a 1650 Cub Cadet oil pan (with good threads) at Portland. Didn't even see one but I saw 6 piled under a table in the pics when I got home though.
 
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Turned out what I thought was leftover grime on the shiny heat shield on the gas tank was actually just the dark greenish border. I stand behind what I said about pics though. If you're thinking of buying a vehicle either hand wash it or take close up pics of it before you do. You'll see stuff you might not otherwise.
 

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Pretty sure this is the dirtiest my face has ever been. This pic doesn't actually do it justice. I was removing orange-ish surface rust with a drill and wire wheel and it was hot sweaty work so it really stuck to me. My wife didn't say anything when I went in the house so I didn't realize how bad it was till I looked in the mirror. She was snickering when I came out of the bathroom though. Said she never noticed. Hah! Whatever! (I ain't stupid. I just look that way).

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Talk about rose colored glasses... the pitting seems worse every time I look at it. I ground off the rivet heads and removed the brace over the axle yesterday. Closer inspection revealed a crack in it and it's also pretty thin in one area. I think that should be it for the worst stuff but we'll see. The Splash has the same oiling issues I've seen a number of times on pickups. The spare tire and the gas tank (and the receiver hitch if it has one) are always in the way of a proper oiling job and the top of the frame gets hardly any oil on it. It's frustrating because the areas that did get oiled are day 1 clean rust free steel. I'll have to replace that cross member and I don't weld so I'm gonna get the pro guy down the road to do it. He likes doing small jobs.
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I bolted a chunk of 5/8 all thread between the frame rails before I removed the brace. Probably wouldn't move but why not make sure it can't?
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Usually with an air powered siphon type sprayer. Works like a power washer wand with a soap dispenser. I use recycled hydraulic oil. It can take paint off over time but that's fine as long as the oil is re-sprayed regularly. There's oil with wax in it available to stop the dripping but I just spray with cardboard under the vehicle and put it on the burn pile after. The cardboard I mean..

I have a feeling my wallet is gonna be a little lighter soon.. not for a bit though. She's too little yet and also my daughter and her husband have their house for sale so they can upgrade. They said no more toys till after that. Anybody have any experience with the cheap chinese gator models?
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Rookie question: How do you "Oil" the frame? Use a spray bottle, wipe with oily rag, or whatever.
 
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Excellent info Nate. So you bought some parts and fixed your kid's electric cart? Typical vintage garden tractor mind set. It ain't worn out till it's really really really worn out. And even then we keep whatever is still good. Even if it's just the gear shift knob.

PegPerego and Power Wheels are the top names in kids ride ons. Most parts are easily available. Mini-me’s PW Dune Buggy had a failed wheel motor, and we found replacement and upgraded motors at Amazon. We purchased the upgraded. It’s really torquey now! Just make sure it’s 2 wheel drive and not 1 wheel drive. We bought him a 6 volt “Chevy” truck first, well as soon as it hits grass it just spins that tire. He loves it though, so I think it will be upgraded to 12 volt and 2 wheel drive before to long.
 

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One seller had a `50 Ford exactly like mine on Kijiji for 40K, which was quite a bit more than I thought he could get. So I (politely) asked why he thought he could get that much and he told me the same story. Pickups are the hot item now. Hagerty did a story on it too. Nature has a way of balancing things out. We canucks have been poaching vintage trucks and parts for many years in the the southern US. Not Michigan, NY, PA, Illinois and other states like that though. They're as bad as southern Ontario for salt corrosion.

John, I don't know what the attraction is with you American's and our Canadian trucks. The local GM dealer here is calling everyone that bought a truck or still has a truck to see if they want to deal it. This has been going on for a few years apparently. Is there a shortage in the States?
 

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What's frustrating is everywhere the undercoating oil got to is pristine. It's only the back half that has any rust. Nothing serious but it's kinda aggravating when I look at how good it is under the cab and engine bay. I'm gonna paint it flat black and oil the living heck out of it back there. Also gonna remove the dirty oily gritty dirt under the cab and re-oil it. My F150 has that crap under it too. The 'wisdom' back in the day when oiling really got going was to oil a truck then go find a dusty gravel road and drive up and down to stop the dripping. This is the cross member directly under the back of the cab. It's like that all the way to the front.
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I feel your pain.My 11 Silverado came from Canada and I scaled a heaping 5 gallon bucket of rust from the frame.I used an air hammer,needle scaler and pressure washer with turbo nozzle and I think it was the nastiest job I have ever done.I will never buy another vehicle that is not clean underneath.
 

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I cleaned up the wiring harness that goes to the back of the truck yesterday. Gotta re-tape it now but the crud is all gone.
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See what I mean about the hubs on my 8N? They keep showing up in pics.
 

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This is what I want for the exhaust. Just like my `90 Mustang tailpipes were, with the 5.0 engine out of it connected to them at the front. I'm going with a tail pan and a receiver hitch though, no rear bumper, so the pipes will be further forward than in this pic.
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The aftermarket tailpipes I put on my Mustang were ok but not as nice as the originals.
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I went to look at another Splash with a V8 already in it before I bought the `93. Looks good in the pic doesn't it? The truth was a little different. It was a rusted out mechanically bungled junker. The engine wasn't even a 302. It was a gutless old 221 V8. The seller asked me if I wanted to take it for a spin and I said nope, thx, have a nice day..

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You can see there's no paint left on the cross member after me power washing it last summer. It washed right off wherever the oil was properly applied.

Man I hate that kind of stuff. They used to spray calcium on my road to control summer dust before it was tar and stoned about 14 years ago. Back then driving down the road after a rain was a sure fire way to make a vehicle rust. No winter salt was ever used when it was gravel but they started doing that after it was hard topped. You can't win..

Where do you get boiled linseed oil? (and don't say from linseed!)

That's amazing.I just purchased a 2015 Yukon Denali that does not look near that good.We use a salt brine in Pa and it will eat your trailer plug in less than 2 weeks if exposed.I have been using boiled linseed oil with good results.
 
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