Owns A Torsen
Joined: Mon Sep 18th, 2017
Occupation: Design and Innovation
Interests: RBV's, Computers
Reputation Points: 8516
Hey All! I just lucked into another Ranger, 1996 4.0 XLT. Young guy fishtailed, and hit a guard rail with the right front/rt rear bed. The bed, rt fender, and hood are toast along with the front bumper, lights, grill and header panel. I took all the bent/broken parts off the front end today. Very surprised that there is insignificant damage to the rest of the front end. No damage to a/c or radiator. Nothing damaged in the front drive line. Just all the bolt on stuff was tore up. I was going to swap the 4.0 driveline into my old 91 (400K), but have reconsidered. I read that any 92-97 ranger panels will fit, and there seem to be plenty of rangers still in the scrap yards. I even priced "new" panels and they are crazy expensive? But that might be to obvious? What would you Ranger fans do with a blank front end slate? Can I bolt on a newer front end; hang newer fenders, hood, lights....? Would you hang a flairside bed on it? Maybe run vertical exhaust (think Dodge Lil Red P/U)? This could be fun.....
I lightened that up for you so everyone can see, you must be pasting this from another board? Lots of people here with mixed years, mike69 has a 2000 but you can't tell from the front end. Short of tailights and interior parts I haven't frankenstein'd one yet so I would be a bad source but I'm sure many others will chime in.
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