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I really like the switches. I thought you were just using the frame off the purple one?



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JAMMAN wrote:
I really like the switches. I thought you were just using the frame off the purple one?
Thanks.. they're a bit dated but, the function and work around they provided came in handy.

And correct.. the "diamond in the rough" reference was towards the original truck. lol

The sole purpose for the truck was exactly the frame, the bonus was the way better interior to play with although the dash bezel on the stepped portion where i currently have my switches is a bit... well lets just say I'll be looking for a new(er) one. But the dash.. I cant wait to swap it out.

The current dash:




The new opportunity:




The dash is near perfect, no blemishes or cracks. The passenger side tray, those are shadows from crap on the windshield..


The rest of the truck as I picked it up; I'll likely only use the bed at the end to make a matching trailer from the old 2WD frame. In fact, come this fall or winter, that'll become a build of its own and documented as I go through it. That is simply gonna be a bad ass trail accessory as the reality of putting a bunch of long term ideas to work finally and I think it will be another interesting followed topic.



The cab will sadly get chopped up and scrapped, the passenger door, fender and maybe a few misc pieces will get sold or some misc bolts and screws if people need them may get donated. The gray visors are in decent to good shape but the headliner is marginal at this point. I just want to get down to the frame asap.

The eventual plans will be in place and have to be done before May of 2020, and that's just this truck at a certain level, and hopefully the trailer too. The next step will be the Cummins 4BT swap which I'll go through and give myself a year to complete, maybe 2 IF I can't get it done in time tearing it down from bare block and fully resto it to zero miles. Its gonna happen.. lol

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keep the spindles...... They are getting harder to find without the threads bitched up from bad wheel bearing nuts. They are over $300 each new!!!



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410customs wrote:
keep the spindles...... They are getting harder to find without the threads bitched up from bad wheel bearing nuts. They are over $300 each new!!!
Yea.. this will make two complete sets of Dana 35 axles and beams in my inventory to which I'm working out something with Solo Motorsports for with my mid travel kit.o



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410customs wrote:
keep the spindles...... They are getting harder to find without the threads bitched up from bad wheel bearing nuts. They are over $300 each new!!!
Yea, I'm trying to work out a deal with Solo Motorsports for my mid travel kit as now I have 2 complete sets of Dana 35 beams..



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why not build the beams yourself?
I too have a couple sets of D35 beams for modding

Solo makes AWESOME beam stuff so I don't blame you there I am just a DIY because I'm always broke lol
You can build some jigs and cut/turn/extend the beams yourself?



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I like your ideas on the switching, what is your idea on the "ALL ON" Switch, will you be using diode to stop the reverse current flow ?

Your placement of the switches and the arrangement reminded me of how I like to add switches and indicators all over the truck.

My '03 has only four additional switch in the overhead console so far, maybe more as mods get completed.

Nice work on this rig !



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410customs wrote:
why not build the beams yourself?
I too have a couple sets of D35 beams for modding

Solo makes AWESOME beam stuff so I don't blame you there I am just a DIY because I'm always broke lol
You can build some jigs and cut/turn/extend the beams yourself?

I'm on record as saying "I know just enough about anything and everything to get myself INTO trouble or out of it..." Painting cars, Automatic transmissions, and welding I don't do. However, welding is something I plan on learning on my own.. And SM does a pretty good job at providing a product. typically I am a DIY too but not because I'm broke, but because I just have to know how things work and everything before and after for the sake of know how. I learned early on that multiple income streams are key to not being broke and also making your money work harder for you rather than always working harder for your money...


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I like your ideas on the switching, what is your idea on the "ALL ON" Switch, will you be using diode to stop the reverse current flow ?

Your placement of the switches and the arrangement reminded me of how I like to add switches and indicators all over the truck.

My '03 has only four additional switch in the overhead console so far, maybe more as mods get completed.

Nice work on this rig !


Yea, I really thought about that after a situation developed once... long story

I tried to minimize the arrangement really and the 3 additional switches above the Tablet were seriously an after thought. Now that I have a new dash to play with. I need to find a "Like New" bezel and I will revamp my idea even better now. Then I'll take some good pics of the newer dash bezel completed. The woman's got a new camera that takes amazing macro shots.

The OHC I have has the garage door opener cubby. THAT is soon to be home to a speaker for the H.A.M. radio unit. I still need to order one but I wasn't planning on working on that just yet but now that again I have new interior pieces to play with, we'll see. I may be running some additional wires up the A-pillar in preparation for a Kenwood/Icom speaker.


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SO.. Updates

Pulled the interior today, frustrations, temps, and a near failing MAC T45 due to a Magilla-gorilla ratcheted on seat belt bolt leaving the traveler side seat belt and the rear trim piece attached to the truck. All the trim was pulled except the headliner and visors; I'll do that tomorrow. But the seats were pulled, the trim, dash.. well, you can see.






Was there a center console in the 50/50 seating arrangement? Anyone have a pic to go by? Just curious.



Also got the bed off as well. Tomorrow I will double check whats involved in the cab pull and get a a couple guys over to help lift it off the frame.




I wish I could run the Vin to see the Old Window Sticker and see what rear end it had in it. No tag, no driver door.. grrrr



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No little tag on the rear end itself?
You can turn the driveshaft and tell easily. Lock one drum up with vise grips if it isn't posi, paint marker the other. turn the driveshaft till the paint mark on the drum passes twice, the times the driveshaft turned is the ratio.

If it is posi one turn of the drums because both drums will turn at the same time.

Man that is one clean looking frame.



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What he said, you can find out if its 3.27. 3.55 3.73 or 4.10 by turning the driveshaft

Yes there was a center console usually between the 50 50 seats it would be this style

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EDITED:  Don't know what happened, took a lot of typing to get it posted.   
I sent Chris a PM to it checked out !
I will clean up the "gibberish" if Chris can't clean it up !
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Here is a shot of the my Overhead Console (OHC) after the switch plate was finished, I my change thing a little, will a new Map/Interior Light LED Module.
The Switches I used are micro switches and now there are indicator lights too, four small micro LEDs, but not shown in the picture.  I will either get some new better quality switches or maybe reduce the number of switches. 
I ran the wiring inside of the roof structure just above the headliner, everything comes down the side post behind the driver and across the door; it's only low amperage, shouldn't be any problem.  Now all I need to do is decide on the upgrades to the OHC and get power to it.
I didn't want the readout that would normally go there so I made the plate, four switch for accessories, two switches for interior Map Lights; made my own LED module for each Map Light.

But everyone to their own.



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JAMMAN wrote:
No little tag on the rear end itself?
You can turn the driveshaft and tell easily. Lock one drum up with vise grips if it isn't posi, paint marker the other. turn the driveshaft till the paint mark on the drum passes twice, the times the driveshaft turned is the ratio.

If it is posi one turn of the drums because both drums will turn at the same time.

Man that is one clean looking frame.


Negative, it was broken off and like I stated, the drivers side door was MIA when I got to the JY unfortunately along with the Drivers fender too. I have an extra Passenger door and fender for sale tho.. lol I will have to try the drum/axle turn method and see what I come up with. Although I've heard of it in a post or two I've never tried that myself nor seen it done so that will be something new for me.

And yes, thats what 95% of all Western frames look like but I've seen my share of S. Eastern Michigan frames ;)


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Yes there was a center console usually between the 50 50 seats it would be this style



Hmmmmm.. Do you have any shots of the top and the inside compartmental areas? if not no worries. I just wonder if it has some functionality (in creative senses) over the intended functionality from Ford.

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EDITED:  Don't know what happened, took a lot of typing to get it posted.   
I sent Chris a PM to it checked out !
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Here is a shot of the my Overhead Console (OHC) after the switch plate was finished, I my change thing a little, will a new Map/Interior Light LED Module.
The Switches I used are micro switches and now there are indicator lights too, four small micro LEDs, but not shown in the picture.  I will either get some new better quality switches or maybe reduce the number of switches. 
I ran the wiring inside of the roof structure just above the headliner, everything comes down the side post behind the driver and across the door; it's only low amperage, shouldn't be any problem.  Now all I need to do is decide on the upgrades to the OHC and get power to it.
I didn't want the readout that would normally go there so I made the plate, four switch for accessories, two switches for interior Map Lights; made my own LED module for each Map Light.

But everyone to their own.

I didnt catch or see the pic (?)..

What are the switch functions for again? I at one time was going to use the digital readout for temperature with the temperature sensor with the audio systems amplifier but.. moving to the desert areas I already know its hot as hell, don't need a digital anxiety. lol



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Lost the picture and most of the posting, lost the thoughts !

Here is a picture of my OHC, with switches.  I used Mini Switches because of the room inside of the OHC !



The two larger switches are for the Map Lights, the Map Lights are Home Made LED Set Ups, not perfect but they work; thinking on the Buggman LEDs for replacements but not right away !
The four smaller holes are for the Mini Switches and I have added mini LEDs for indicators but they are not shown.
The Plate is just 1/16" Aluminum, cut to shape and bent to fit the contour of the OHC !
Some like the Digital Readout on the OHC, I don't need it, so put in switches.

Also, the Sun Glasses Pocket, which you can't see in the pic, I removed the cover and made a Plate to fit the inside of that compartment, I then mounted my Tri_Band Amateur Radio Remote Front Panel up there.   its out of the way, easy to see and quick to get to.  I have no pictures of the Radio Front Panel mounted and I took the Radio out for transportation to SoCal but when it get reinstalled I will post up a picture.



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Your Post:  "Hmmmmm.. Do you have any shots of the top and the inside compartmental areas? if not no worries. I just wonder if it has some functionality (in creative senses) over the intended functionality from Ford. "

I know you didn't ask me this and I do not have any pictures.
The center compartment has straight sides and tapered front and back, the back isn't tapered as much as the front-end it has slots for Cassette Tapes or maybe CDs, not sure what year truck the one I have came out of, thinking '02/'03 !  There is small area that is flat, I'm guessing for miscellaneous things.
If I remember in the AM I will take a picture of the interior... I need to clean mine out anyway !

There are two other types of Center Consoles out of Explorers that will fit, a Sport Bag Type with a removable Bag from an Explorer Sport and a full length Console for automatic Explorers, both have there place and uses, and both fit the Rangers !
A member, V8 Level II, has the full length version in his truck, fully functional with data readouts, and it looks good, (Check out The May Winner for Ranger of the Month).  the only member with the Sport Bag Version, that I know of, is me but no pictures.



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Lost the picture and most of the posting, lost the thoughts !

Here is a picture of my OHC, with switches.  I used Mini Switches because of the room inside of the OHC !



The two larger switches are for the Map Lights, the Map Lights are Home Made LED Set Ups, not perfect but they work; thinking on the Buggman LEDs for replacements but not right away !
The four smaller holes are for the Mini Switches and I have added mini LEDs for indicators but they are not shown.
The Plate is just 1/16" Aluminum, cut to shape and bent to fit the contour of the OHC !
Some like the Digital Readout on the OHC, I don't need it, so put in switches.

Also, the Sun Glasses Pocket, which you can't see in the pic, I removed the cover and made a Plate to fit the inside of that compartment, I then mounted my Tri_Band Amateur Radio Remote Front Panel up there.   its out of the way, easy to see and quick to get to.  I have no pictures of the Radio Front Panel mounted and I took the Radio out for transportation to SoCal but when it get reinstalled I will post up a picture.

Yup, same one I have only mine is a light Gray. It didnt match the blue interior but nowwwwww... I have a gray one so perfect! lol

I do have to ask why did you swap out from the factory switches for the lights? and what do/did the additional switches do or meant to do? For the ICOM (HAM) unit I want, it will replace the rear view mirror as it has like a detachable face type feature to remote install the box elsewhere. I know for a fact from the outside unless I mentioned it, no one would notice that its not a mirror. Especially once I replace the windshield and tint it 50-70% to keep the heat out and the glare down. I don't need it dark, just for heat reduction purposes. This is like one of the only vehicles I've owned without a tinted windshield and in the Michigan when I lived there, it wasn't even necessary. Here in the Desert areas tho.. gawd damn I miss it.


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Your Post:  "Hmmmmm.. Do you have any shots of the top and the inside compartmental areas? if not no worries. I just wonder if it has some functionality (in creative senses) over the intended functionality from Ford. "

I know you didn't ask me this and I do not have any pictures.
The center compartment has straight sides and tapered front and back, the back isn't tapered as much as the front-end it has slots for Cassette Tapes or maybe CDs, not sure what year truck the one I have came out of, thinking '02/'03 !  There is small area that is flat, I'm guessing for miscellaneous things.
If I remember in the AM I will take a picture of the interior... I need to clean mine out anyway !

There are two other types of Center Consoles out of Explorers that will fit, a Sport Bag Type with a removable Bag from an Explorer Sport and a full length Console for automatic Explorers, both have there place and uses, and both fit the Rangers !
A member, V8 Level II, has the full length version in his truck, fully functional with data readouts, and it looks good, (Check out The May Winner for Ranger of the Month).  the only member with the Sport Bag Version, that I know of, is me but no pictures.

I checked out the setup in V8 Level II's gallery. I kinda like what he's got going on in there but truly its too much for my needs and although i am confident i could make the manual trans shifter look good in it... there are several other reasons why I find it unnecessary. I may have to consider the shorty console.. I mean even in a standard cab truck who couldn't use 2 more cup holders? And I have an idea to make the center console a lock box/safe-"like" as well.

So yea, some interior pics would be keen. Those were stock or came out of the Explorer's too?

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Outside of responses, Some time ago the torsion bar, due to a design character flaw of foresight from the manufacture after 20 years decided to snap and give up. So, I've used the topper a multitude of times without the use of the actual tent feature. Since they're [Flip-pac] are no longer in business parts are difficult to find without DIY creativity or just knowing who does what and where to find it.

The guys over at Sway-A-way just happen to be a resource for replacement torsion bars and with a better design implemented as well. So end of the week in preparation for some much needed trail camping time with the lil woman, I will be ordering the replacement torsion bar and putting the tent back into business as usual.




Then this fall.. the Flip-pac will be removed for some new things to be done and in preparation for some changes for this truck and... maybe "Truck Documentary II" :coffee
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Undrstm8ed,

Only reason I took out the OEM Switches is I need to extend the new Switch Plate to allow better mounting and when I got to the switches it didn't look good with holes in the plate to allow their use.
My plans are to replace my home made modules with newer Cree LED Units and replace the Map Light Switch with Round Switches with the Red Ring LED Setup as indicators.

My Kenwood Face Plate, that will be mounted in the OHC Eyeglass Compartment, only receives power through the Radio.

The Switches are all wired, there is a fused main power wire to feed them and they only need to activate relays so the overall current draw is minimum.  The Switches are suppose to be for LED Lighting only, two on the front of the truck and two for the backup lighting ! 

The switches for the front lighting will be easy two sets of two lights i.e. two switches, two floods and two spots... again, KC Lighting. 

The rear lighting is two light mounted on the backrack  (2 KC Backup Lights), 1 switch, and a manual override for the backup lights, (2 KC Backup Lights) 2 switches, and two side light mounted on the backrack, (again two KC Backup Lights).  That would be light set #3 for the rear, but no switch for it at this time or it may be worked in with the actual backup Light override.

I like the light pattern of the KC Backup Lights... wide and bright !

So much for my switches, everyone has there switch setups they like.

Mine will probably change based on the lighting I finally have... when I have it !

Thx for asking !

V8 Level II's work is far about anything I would even attempt.   
He, being an engineer has gone to the "N-th" degree to make things work OEM.
His experiences, his abilities, and his knowledge base is vast and I count on him for information that is not readily available through normal channels.

His Truck... Wow !, that is all I can say, if only it was mine, I would be one happy Ford Ranger Owner !
And, what he has done inside with all of the electronics... just to be that knowledgable !

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I have a small supply of those round rockers with the red indicators. i'll dig em out and take a pic of them, lit up even and if you want some let me know. i do enough installs where i used to save them all and now i am starting to throw them away at times and just keep the relays anymore...



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Can the indicator be wired to on when the switch is off... ?



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Manual trucks with the full explorer console do kinda look strange
I prefer the ranger bucket seat / gen I explorer / Bronco II style console and armrest. There are several options for a cupholder and a floor console down by the shifter(s) as well

Map props to you for that OHC aluminum cover, that's pretty much a piece or artwork right there

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I like the way Bob's looks !
A lot of work went into that Truck !

I guess it would fall in the "Ranger - Limited" model !



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With recent temps being in the 112* range, progress has been a bit slow. However, yesterday I finally got the last two body cab bolts out, one of which broke due to some increased retard strength I acquired. Next Tuesday or Wednesday I have 3 other guys willing to help lift it of the frame itself and walk it 10 ft in front of the frame.






Only thing left to disconnect is that bicycle cable looking thing that seems to be a last resort from the cab shearing off the frame. Then I can start pulling the fuel tank, sway bars, axles, exhaust.. etc once the cab is off all the way.

btw? anyone looking for a good solid cab for a project? Desert runner build up? For Sale soon. Will need a new core support put in place if not doing a full tube chassis front end I think.



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Just ordered new tires this morning. Still love the Hankook Dynapro MT, went with a 285/70/17 LT over the 265/70/17 LT.. Got a fair deal on them again through a different shop. Originally I purchased my first set through Ramona Tire in SoCal and this time I bought local again through 12* North. I'll have to order an extra 4 later on for the spare (2) and eventually two more for my trailer project tires. This way all the tires can be swapped back and forth... The idea is both the trailer and the truck will have multi-carriers since the trailer will be made from a 94' Ranger bed I have and the left over 2WD frame, body lift spacers, and working 10.25" drum brakes, so having two spares would be nice.

Even if I remove the Flip-Pac for the Norweld Flat aluminum UTE tray  and matching aluminum canopy I've been lusting after for the last year now [which I keep saying I'll throw on the back of an extra cab chassis], I can mount up to two 35" tires on the back of it if I recall right and I don't have to take the trailer, just its spare for a longer travel.

Come fall, I'll make the jump on the new wheels. Need/WANT the 17x9.5 wheels I found and I think by that time the newness will have worn off and i could get equally a good deal on the eight (8) of them I'll need to make things complete. Still a lot to do.. it never ends or I get some odd inspiration to add in or change something. Just like the bed configuration is changing not that the trailer is coming to fruition.



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Today was exciting.. 114* in the damn shade with a week long temps in the 109-111* range.. Love ya Vegas!! 

I had a day to myself and decided to entertain the thought of starting some of my interior swap from blue to gray. Let me first say, although I am not the biggest animal lover out there, I'm certainly no hater either but there is a reason why I don't have any dog hair in my vehicles, house, or on my clothing...

There was so much hair on/in the seat material that just doing the Passenger side seat for over an hour that the motor in the shop-vac got so hot the on/off button has melted itself into the On position now and the rear portion of the motor in the aesthetics of the plastic started to heat up and sag off kilter now too..

So when I started, they were covered in dog hair as i said and since I pulled the seats out 2-3 weeks ago. They've been behind the 5th wheel and have endured 3 thunderstorms partially covered by a 8x12 tarp 9 feet above. So they acquired some additional elemental seasoning.

To start, the before pics:














After I was done with vacuuming and finally steam cleaning the rest of the dog hair, cola, and coffee out, along with dust and dirt...















Overall came out good.. A spot or two I still think I will hit again after I get them mounted in but for now, good enough for government work.
I kicked around some ideas after seeing a lot of peoples transplanted center consoles, custom, and even OEM options. I think what I am going to do is create a soft bag like center console. 12* North has some rather interesting if not just useful EDC/Sling bags and packs and some even come in a gray color that's really damn close. 

Plus with the down firing sub port right there as well, it lends to some additional features for me. I'm thinking something like one of these;

Element Pack 
Riot Pack 

or, maybe.. but this looks too wide to me.

Raider Pack 

I will be adding some seat covers to these, may keep them grey, may go towards black.. I don't really know yet what I want in that sense yet. Either way, seems black or grey, those bags above are available in either or too. Wasn't really thinking about a 60/40 bench seat to buckets swap but since it seemed to have fell into my hands and they came out alright. why da' hell not. I even get power lumbar with them. lol


Next will come out the current trim plastics and headliner after I get the seat belts cleaned up this mid week. By then I am hoping I can get some new plastic insert X-mas tree fasteners. The ones I pulled from the donor vehicle in the Vegas heat basically exploded even while trying my best to recover them. I think only one survived.. Then I will pick up new door panels from a source and electric ones at that as I am adding the electrics as  the new door harnesses , electric regulators W/ new motors, and while I am plumbing in there for my 7" Midbass Door speakers, the Type II wiring from Audioquest in this truck; like I did in my last two cars..



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That is a LOT more work than I am willing to put in to a seat (plus having to purchase a new vacuum cleaner) so hats off for effort. It did turn out nice.



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