View Full Version : Noob in need of Help!

12-23-2006, 05:47 PM
I looked at this truck a while ago.... its a 1991 Ranger xtra cab 4x4 with dual gas tanks
its been sitting for 5 years or so in a garage with all new body parts and box
the owner claims it ran before it had been sitting so in an hour im going to try n get it to run, if it does run im just wondering if you guys think its worth it for $500.00 due to its only thing i can really afford... its a fixer upper but i just want others opinions before i do buy

n i've talked to dan of extreme machines and he claims it should be fine due to the fact the frame is rusty, he says its just on the outside theres no holes or thinning of the frame, but this is how the truck sits ...


opinions? thoughts?

12-23-2006, 05:55 PM
people look but dont say anything... im just wondering if its worth buying and fixing up on a small budget

12-23-2006, 06:08 PM
What is your budget?

12-23-2006, 06:13 PM
quite low... around 500-2000max :|
im out of work right now n only have so much...
n this is only 500 so im thinking it might be worth fixing but im not sure

12-23-2006, 06:18 PM
I would stay away from something that has sat for 5 years.








Just a few to get you started

12-23-2006, 06:18 PM




12-23-2006, 06:23 PM
$500 isnt much but things could add up reall fast. you can usally buy a running toy pickup for $2000 and they much easier and cheaper to build.

12-23-2006, 07:13 PM
$500 isnt much but things could add up reall fast. you can usally buy a running toy pickup for $2000 and they much easier and cheaper to build.

FU Toolbag
12-23-2006, 07:22 PM
It depends on your experience. Some on here could grab it and have it back together in a couple weeks and running great. Others would have it look the same in 5 more years. If your budget is up top 2g, I'ld be looking for a runner. That would make a good parts truck, but I don't think I would judging by the pics. In some of those pics there's even 3 or 4 trucks.

Keep looking.

12-23-2006, 08:09 PM
Run, Run like a squirrel with it's tail on fire!!

Trying to fix that up would suck up more money than another one that is already built and running will cost to buy....

12-23-2006, 08:15 PM
You always run into unexpected shit with trucks like that and it's always expensive shit.:( :( :(
Better to get a runner off the coast.
The bodies are usually better for a little less money

12-24-2006, 01:06 AM
Sit down and figure out, to the nearest dime, how much in parts and labour you figure it will cost to resurrect the beast, then double it and add $500.00.

12-24-2006, 10:31 AM
Don't waste your time. First thing all the engine seals will be dried out from sitting and will need to be replaced. The brake system will need to be replaced. Do you want me to keep going. That truck should go straight to the wreckers.

12-24-2006, 04:49 PM
for 2 grand i got a 83 chev with new 37'' iroks, 350 with some performance parts, t400, np208, 14 bolt full floater and dana 44 front, minimal rust, warn 8000lb winch, canopy, bushwacker fender flares, spare front fenders, spare 100% rust free bed, some tune up parts..... Look round, for 2000 you can get a turnkey rig.

12-24-2006, 11:42 PM
is it aircare-able? j/w, cuz it will be my daily driver too :) n would you sell it without the irokz? cuz i need to save as much money as i can.

12-25-2006, 01:59 PM
that would only make a good parts truck
my so called cheap 250 buck truck turned into 4000 buck investment in two years and still has only managed to rack up about 10000km's

12-25-2006, 03:06 PM
its not for sale. Sorry, i meant I bought the truck for myself for 2gs.

Aircase shouldnt be a problem if you buy a pickup, bump up the GVW to 5001 and no aircare is required.

12-26-2006, 10:31 PM
my bad ^.^
honestly i just want sum that i can beat into the ground :) dont really care what it looks like, but i want sumthin i can just cut half of it off ... like a bronco 2 or XJ n hack the top off. or a pickup that i can rip the box off n make something else for the back

12-26-2006, 11:05 PM
Well first off !!!!!!!!!!!!

WHats a smokin deal for someone is a nightmare for another !

Seeing as you are askin here its a nightnmare for you ! Dont even think about buying it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now that bein said ---------------if you have a few freinds that dont mind wrenching it could be the deal of the century ! But you better be willin to help your buddies out that help you with all the stuff that will need to be done !'

-----------------------Bruce !

12-27-2006, 12:06 AM
i wish i had friends that could help but none of them have 4x4s let alone know anything about it, n im still a youngin round here :) and have had no truck or way to get to any outtings to meet people that possibly could help me.

n nice spikes bruce :rockhorns:

12-27-2006, 10:37 AM
grab something that has been running as a daily runner. at least you have a good running plat form[cheers]

12-27-2006, 07:23 PM
everyones gonna have their own opinion for brand, but for sure keep it simple.

I'd suggest a 73-85( caburated) full size chev. Get a 3/4t aka k2500: 350 motor, tubro 400 tranny, depending on year you could get a np205(gear driven tough as nails case) or a sm465 w/ the granny low 1st gear( basically geared super low for crawlin) and 3 usuable forward gears.

For axles, they came with a dana44 front/10 bolt rear ( 3/4t should be 8lug) and they should have a 14 bolt full floater axle. 35's and a gentle foot should keep the carnage down yet able to run decent trails.

These trucks are simple: not much to em, easily available parts, very very common too.

These full size chevs commonly go for around 1000-1500 stock.

Toyotas: Dont know much bout em, but 79-85 are the favorable years for having solid front axles so they are cheaper and easier to lift. The available engines are the 20r/22r, both which are slow and known for shitty head gaskets. 86+ are IFS, which isnt great for hard wheelin but for a stocker its acceptable. Toyotas are small, so they can fit tight trails compared to a fullsize chev. Most of these are 4spd. manuals. Watch out for famous toyota frame rot being the cab on the frame.

Fords: 79 and older are solid axle'd and arent very easy to find, but you might score one. THe 150s should have a dana 44 front and 9'' rear, but the 3/4T and 1T's are much more desirable for their front diffs: dana 60s, some being the high pinion version. 80 and newer are TBB or twin i beam which isnt half bad, its not great but it will do an alright job stock.

any questions shoot. I dont know much about jeeps.

12-28-2006, 06:36 PM
eh i kinda like smaller but i've never owned a fullsize yet :| so i guess it wouldnt be bad to try one of those? single cab short box full size chev wit 350 on 36" pro comp muddz or x's

and if you see a half descent chev for 1000-1500 you should let me know =D even if ext'd cab but no long box :|

but then again i just want sumthin that i can beat down for cheap n be-able to go on sum trails n such with