Joined: Sun Feb 25th, 2018
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That is in better shape than a lot of later Rangers here where I live, good catch!
Thank you! Though she is certainly solid, she hid a lot of flaws.
I first addressed the immediate mechanical needs. She started rough. She idled rough. She leaked at both the valve cover and oil pan. Shocks were shot. Exhaust system had more tape than metal. Fluids worn and nasty. Brakes shot. Power steering growled. Tires bald. Suspension ok but squeaked and creaked at every bump and corner. I changed all the fluids minus the transmission and differential. Replaced the timing belt, water pump, valve cover gasket, shocks on all four corners, plugs, wires, rotor, cap, filters, wiper blades, removed and cleaned the throttle body, replaced the heater core, exhaust from the catalytic converter back, pads, rotors, and bearings up front, wheel cylinders and shoes in the back.
View from underneath with new exhaust in place.