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Old 10-16-2018, 07:18 AM
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So I was crawling around under the Ranger, replacing tie rod ends, and noticed Titanic levels of corrosion on the radiator support panel, to the point that the panel no longer supports the radiator. Crap.

After 7 hours of disassembly with cutoff wheel, air chisel and other destructive tools, I got the miserable son a whore off.

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Look at all the rust on the ground here:

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Gotta clean that up. The body mounts were rusted to the point where I could just pull one of them off the frame (that side was rusted away from the core support, too, so it wasn't really mounting anything but itself). The other side fought a bit.

Picked up a replacement Taiwan panel. Most of the holes are where they're supposed to be, and more importantly the whole panel is there:

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I gave it a liberal coat of epoxy paint and then sealed all the seams. It'll probably rust anyway, but why not.

Today I clean up all the weld points and pick up some new body mounts (cost 3 times what the damn panel did) and if the gods are smiling I'll get it welded in. Or at least tacked.

Wish me luck.
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Old 10-16-2018, 01:51 PM
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Today's progress:

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Got the new panel welded in, straight. Ish. New mounts under it.

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Grille panel installed. mostly to check alignment. It went in with a minimal amount of cursing

Mechanically, the condenser and radiator are mounted (and supported), all the wiring harnesses are clipped back on. That's enough for today, I need a drink or three.
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Old 10-17-2018, 09:58 AM
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All done

On the test drive I couldn't believe how quiet it was. Glad all that junk isn't rattling around anymore.

Total time, 17 hours. Wonder if I beat the flat rate?
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Glad you got it fixed!
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Old 10-18-2018, 06:23 PM
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I swear, that truck is slowly disintegrating. Just fully transferring to a state of non-existence.

As always, great repair! In a few years, this thing will be a brand new truck.
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Old 10-19-2018, 04:52 AM
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That's the price I pay for living in the paradise we call Ohio. Road salt and lots of it. I suppose now I should admit that the first six inches of the bed floor is a 2x6 held in with angle iron welded to what metal remains.

BUT, the frame is still solid, and now that the front end isn't crash-banging itself to death, it drives really good. Or at least as good as it ever did. I didn't realize how much noise that garbage was making til it stopped.

Still a couple little things to do. The left headlight is aimed a little high, and the spring in the hood latch rusted thru again (hence the hood pins). Once I take care of that I can call it done.

Should be good for another 15 years, I hope. By then I'll be almost 70 and in no mood to do it again.
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Ha, doubt the Titanic would last as long as your Ranger in Ohio!
Quite an undertaking, nice job.
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