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This web site is all about my 1985 Ford Ranger antique. Made in 1985, although some people woulden't call it a "Antique". As of 2010, the New Jersey DMV has determined it to be a "Antique". Anyway, Because when I first got it my family dubed it "The Antique", and the name stuck. So, at least here in my home, it's known as "The Antique". You may not think it's "Antique", That is a matter of opinion.

Although the state of Virginia, states on the web site that 25 year old is a Antique.

And I quote "If you own a passenger vehicle, trailer, semi-trailer or motorcycle with a model year that is more than 25 model years old before January 1 of the current calendar year, you've got an antique!"
Here's the Virginia web page

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  This is my first "Project Vehicle". I wanted something to tinker with, and so, I found and got this truck for restoring. The following are pictures of this truck from the first day I got it home. It wasen't running, and some engine work was needed. As we go through the pages and pictures, I will say what was done to the truck, as I worked on it. Needless to say, The engine had to be fixed first.

I'm not going to make this web site fancy. I had my fill of playing with fancy code. Perhaps during the winter when it's too cold out to do anything. No, just a place where to display, and have other have a look at my project.

  Before we take a look at the oll' Antique. Have a look at the 1985 Stats Page. It's kinda awesome to see the years information. Current songs, Current movies while this truck was being made and rolled off the assemble line in Kentucky. But, if you don't want to have a look at the 1985 stats. Keep going down the page.

  Okay, now that you have read the stats of 1985, and know the relation to the year and the truck. Let's have a look at the 1985 Ranger Antique the way it was kept before I received it. And yes, it was this shiney when I trailered it home.

  The paint is in very good condition, however there are chips, and a few rust holes. This will be fixed After the engine is done. Im thinking of re-painting the whole truck myself. I would have to make a home made spray booth here. But right now un desided.

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1985 Ford Ranger. 2.0L 4 Cylinder, 5 speed. This is basicly the way I received it. Corner View

Right
Sanded with wet 1500, then 2000, then liquid glass wax.

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1985 Ford Ranger. 2.0L 4 Cylinder, 5 speed. This is basicly the way I received it. Rear View.

Couple of more wax coats in future.

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1985 Ford Ranger. 2.0L 4 Cylinder, 5 speed. This is basicly the way I received it. Front View.

Painted the outside and inside firewall. Grille, Air cleaner. Heater cover, cleaned up the rest. Although a little more scrubbing is requirered for the air duckting.

  Now, let's have a look at the engine. Check out the videos associated with the piticular problem I found on the vacuum lines. Vacuum lines are very piticular. On one, I thought it was missing a cylinder. I looked further, and refrenceing the Ford Shop manual, I had a idea it was still another vacuum leak.

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I found the first vacuum leak under the carberator, There is a "T" for the vacuum hoses. The bottom one, that went to the carberator was not connected and there was no clamp. I put the hose back on and put a clamp. It then ran rough.

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Direct link to the video

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Found 2nd vacuum leak, then the 3rd vacuum leak.

EngineRunningRight

Video of the engine running after 2nd Vac leak

EngineRunningRight 2nd 		time

Video of the engine running after 3rd leak

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Direct link to the video RangerRunningMoving.mp4

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Direct link: You Tube. Running as of June 28, 2011.
You Tube Video: Engeine running as of June 24, 2011

1985 Ranger Running Moving

Video engine starting, Running, and pull away.

1985 Ranger Running Moving

Engine running at idle as of Tuesday, June 28, 2011. You Tube Video.

  Now, it's time to have a look at the body and the inside. These following pictures are as I received the truck from the previous owner. The inside will be just about totally gutted, as for the seats, Dash, Flooring, door pannels. I plan to re-paint the total inside.

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The roof has some rust holes, and the paint clear coat is chipping. I plan to re-paint after the inside is done.

Right
After the process. Rust-Oleum. No clear coat, sanding with 1500, then 2000, Then Liquid Glass wax.

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The other side of the roof.

Right
After the process. Rust-Oleum. No clear coat, sanding with 1500, then 2000, Then Liquid Glass wax.

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A-HA! The rust was from the inside out. Seems this area was fixed before. There is some additional Bondo. I was going to use soder, but there was some good Bondo already in use. I just had to remove the rust and continue the Bondo-ing. The same goes for the other side.

Right
After the process. Rust-Oleum. No clear coat, sanding with 1500, then 2000, Then Liquid Glass wax.

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Left
Here's the other side of the roof..

Right
After the process. Rust-Oleum. No clear coat, sanding with 1500, then 2000, Then Liquid Glass wax.

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Starting the inside view. The dash is cracked in several places. I have another one thats has no cracks but the top vinyl is sun darkened. I am undesided on to re cover with new vinyl, or use plastic paint.

Right
Sanded with wet 1500, then 2000 then Rubbing Compound, then liquid glass wax. The aftermarket gauge cluster has been removed and all idiot lights have been re connected. The fuel guage has also been repaird. Replaced fuel tank sender, Fuel gauge with a bronce II Gauge, replaced the Bi-metal/ Heater unit behind the instrument cluster. Fuel gauge now works, and is accurate.

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The seat is suprisingly in useable condition. The seams threading is coming un done. I have another used seat that is just about in new condition. I will be changing it when I get to the inside.

Right
very good used seat from a 89... Had to do just one repair.

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The hood had a small dent. So bad the dent was starting to rust because the paint through to the metal was exposed. Not through, got it in time. The dent was from the inside out. Yea, from under the hood out. I thought that was strange too....

Right
Sweet...





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