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    Hydes budget one ton Ranger

    A few years ago I bought a 92 ranger as a quick way to get back into wheeling. Shortly after that I realized I'm an idiot and should really look at things closer before I buy them. Booty fab crossmembers with no trans mount, Toyota SAS brackets cut in half and scabbed to the frame, all 4 springs bent and to top it off mismatched gears in the 5 lug 44/8 lug 60 combo.

    So it sat like this for a few years minus the boggers
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ID:	14383 Fast forward to February of this year, finally get it in the shop and start cutting out the cancer
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    ​​Decided to ditch the 44/60 completely and picked up some "one tons." ​I know the downfalls of the CAD 60, the budget portion of the title is the reason I'm using it. 01 Ram 32 spline 60 and 14 bolt rear will do for now
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    So started getting the axle under, new trans crossmember built, this time complete with a mount.

    Crossmember is 2x4 .250 wall with 3/8" caps and 1/4" plates, links are 2" .250 wall dom with 1.25 heims

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      #3
      Next I had to figure out how to mount my coil buckets, I stretched the front a few inches and the ranger frame has a large bump around the steering box. I ended up spacing the frame out with 4x4 1/4" angle iron capped with 1/4" plate.
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      Then I welded my Wildhorses buckets to the spacers. This got me over the steering box hump and also matched up with the axle pads. Coils are 5.5" Wildhorses, axle side pads are stock Ford with retainers
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        #4
        Ruffstuff panhard kit, I've seen success stories of welding to the CAD housing so hopefully I don't regret it but there's a good chance I might
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        Steering is a takeoff Synergy set for a Ram, the tie rod is 3/16 wall chromoly, drag link is 1.5" solid cold rolled.

        Not shown in these pics but I drilled the knuckles and used taper inserts to flip the steering over the knuckle. That let me go to a stock Ranger pitman arm to get rid of that mega drop monstrosity in the earlier pics, along with the obvious clearance benefits.

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          #5
          First time on its own weight with the new front axle. Click image for larger version
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ID:	14466 After this I swapped in the 14 bolt, turns out I took no pictures of it but with new Ubolts it bolted right in. I did give it the orb of traction treatment though
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          Made new rear packs at the same time, stock F150 leafs with one leaf swapped in from the Ranger 6" lift pack. Didn't have to change any brackets for the F150 swap.

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            #6
            I had a dry spell for taking pictures while I welded the front diff, drilled and tapped the factory Ranger steering box for Hydro assist, and threw some tractor paint on everything. So skip ahead to hydro ram mounting. I know most of your think it will leak, and it might but mounting options were limited without mounting the ram in harm's way.Click image for larger version
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            The ram mounts are 3/4" plate triple passed. The whole setup has just over $100 into it, remember the budget in the title?
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ID:	14496 I knew the factory Ford pump wasn't up to the hydro task so I started looking at options. The 70s Ford Saginaw pumps that will easily bolt on to a 4.0 are obsolete and impossible to find so I started looking at the Saginaw TC pumps. A buddy had a Trail Gear pump sitting on the shelf so I took a spare power steering bracket and started cutting.

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              #7
              Tapped the suction port to 1/2npt and put a 5/8 nipple in. The reservoir is for an Excursion and almost looks like it belongs. Re-routed the factory pressure line and it fits the GM style pump with no modification. The pulley is off a Trailblazer? But has too much offset, I need to find a pulley that is more centered but currently it turns the 38s easily.Click image for larger version
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                #8
                There are a ton of 205 twin stick write ups out there so I won't bore you with the details but here are a couple of pics just because Click image for larger version
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ID:	14532 Built a schedule 40 rear shaft like all the "cool" Toyota guys, front shaft is Ford 1330 double cardan I clearanced, rebuilt and shortened. Click image for larger version
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                  #9
                  The not even close to finished product! I need to have front brake lines made at the local shop, the braided ones that were on it are leaking. Once that's done it will be wheelable. Stay tuned for Armor, upgrades and breakage! Click image for larger version
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                    #10
                    Id like some more info on the driveshaft. I have to build a set for my budget build and would love a bit more info.
                    88 Ford F-turd50 IDI Crawler

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Toreadorranger View Post
                      Id like some more info on the driveshaft. I have to build a set for my budget build and would love a bit more info.
                      I used 2.5" steel schedule 40, I think 17 feet was $50. I dug through the driveshaft pile to find the correct yokes and cut them off, just cut around the weld with a wheel. The shafts I took the yokes from happened to be a nice interference for into the schedule 40.

                      Put the pipe in a vice, tapped the yokes in, phased them with a level (you want the yokes inline) then tacked it together in a few spots and bolted into the rig. Had my buddy spin the shaft while I watched and tapped the high spots until it spun straight (now's the time for a dial indicator if you have one) once it was straight I burned it in. A little ghetto but this thing will never see the highway so hopefully it doesn't shake too bad with the eyeball alignment

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                        #12
                        What are running for engine transmission?

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Gravy View Post
                          What are running for engine transmission?
                          Stock 4.0 with a small block adapter plate to an np435

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                            #14
                            Dig those older rangers! If I didnt have kids I'd want to build one.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Hyde View Post

                              Stock 4.0 with a small block adapter plate to an np435
                              Info on the adapter iv never heard of one. I was wanting to adapt a zf5 speed

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