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My poor old truck

I got home from GWAVACon only to have my truck decide to be made at me.
First it got stuck in the snow (and it wasn't much, just a few inches).
Then it decided to not allow any wheels to spin when in 4WD, then it
decided to move only one wheel in 2 wheel drive, but I finally got it back
into the garage.

So it looks like at a mere 313,000 miles my 18 year old Ranger now needs
one (or possibly all) of the following:

New transfer case
New linkage
New differential
New manual locking hubs (it is a bit old after all)
New manual transmission

My hubby wants to make it an artifical reef and I want to fix it. It's
cheaper than a new car or truck at any rate, and it is rather hard to drive
a Mustang in snow that's more than 3 inches deep.
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hrmmm, what if it needs all 5? or 3...whats the cut off...

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I'd say if it lasted 300k miles on the
last set of said items...get a new set and
do another 300k.
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Mary Matthews wrote:

> I got home from GWAVACon only to have my truck decide to be made at
> me. First it got stuck in the snow (and it wasn't much, just a few
> inches). Then it decided to not allow any wheels to spin when in
> 4WD, then it decided to move only one wheel in 2 wheel drive, but I
> finally got it back into the garage.
>
> So it looks like at a mere 313,000 miles my 18 year old Ranger now
> needs one (or possibly all) of the following:
>
> New transfer case
> New linkage
> New differential
> New manual locking hubs (it is a bit old after all)
> New manual transmission
>
> My hubby wants to make it an artifical reef and I want to fix it.
> It's cheaper than a new car or truck at any rate, and it is rather
> hard to drive a Mustang in snow that's more than 3 inches deep.


Help the economy, buy a new(er) one. They haven't changed that much
except in the creature comfort area over the last 20 years. And quite
honestly,you can be in a new one for less than $15K nicely equipped.
You deserve it!

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"Mary Matthews" <mlm23NO@SPAMcalvin.edu> wrote in news:47A73E51.F781.00FC.0
@SPAMcalvin.edu:

> So it looks like at a mere 313,000 miles my 18 year old Ranger now needs
> one (or possibly all) of the following:
>
> New transfer case
> New linkage
> New differential
> New manual locking hubs (it is a bit old after all)
> New manual transmission


No rust?

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I'm not sure yet. The cutoff might be at the point where I can't afford to
replace all even if I borrow my neighbor's tools (and skills). He's a
mechanic and has a classic Mustang in his garage that I'm hoping to get to
help him work on this summer. I miss being able to "play cars" with my
brother. And my bro misses the help - especially as he's got 3 project
cars at the moment. 🙂
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That's what I'm hoping for. I do really love this little truck. Which
most women around me don't understand...but I am a bit of a gearhead.
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The problem with that is, while I can get into a new $15K car, my hubby
can't. He's too tall...guess that's what I get for marrying a former
semi-pro (USA) football player. 🙂
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Just on the damaged bumper and a few minor spots on the corners of the
hood. I'm trying to convince the GM of the local Ford dealer to "make it
pretty" again and paint his logo all over it - of course for no charge.
I'm trying to convince him that a rolling advertisement will cost him less
than a single TV spot.
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Mary Matthews wrote:

> The problem with that is, while I can get into a new $15K car, my
> hubby can't. He's too tall...guess that's what I get for marrying a
> former semi-pro (USA) football player. 🙂


I thought he could get into your Ranger?

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Yeah, he can. But it's a plain-jane 1990 Ranger. No airbags and it was a
custom order that has a special order bench seat that was mounted further
back than normal.
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Mary Matthews wrote:

> Yeah, he can. But it's a plain-jane 1990 Ranger. No airbags and it
> was a custom order that has a special order bench seat that was
> mounted further back than normal.


Check out the new(er) ones with the bench seats, as I believe they are
the same. I had the 60/40 ones in my Ranger which provided ample room
for my 6'2" frame.

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Actually I have had a "fitting" as I call it, they do not the same knee
room as in my old truck (which is my biggest problem). All that new-fangled
air bag stuff takes up room on the dash now. My old truck is kind of like
sitting in a chair at a nice big table, lots of leg and head room. I hate
whacking my knees on the steering column. 🙂

Course I am spoiled...I learned first to drive a 1969 Dodge 3/4 ton pickup
and our 69 Ford LTD Country Squire (aka the Land Yacht) station wagon, so
I'm used to lots of room. 🙂
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Mary Matthews wrote:

> Actually I have had a "fitting" as I call it, they do not the same
> knee room as in my old truck (which is my biggest problem). All that
> new-fangled air bag stuff takes up room on the dash now. My old
> truck is kind of like sitting in a chair at a nice big table, lots of
> leg and head room. I hate whacking my knees on the steering column.
> 🙂
>
> Course I am spoiled...I learned first to drive a 1969 Dodge 3/4 ton
> pickup and our 69 Ford LTD Country Squire (aka the Land Yacht)
> station wagon, so I'm used to lots of room. 🙂


Well, my "first" was a 65 Buick Electra and the family car was a 63
Olds 98. I learnt how to drive on a 52 Chev navy surplus pick up. After
that, anything was a luxury!

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On Tue, 05 Feb 2008 22:07:50 GMT, "Mary Matthews"
<mlm23NO@SPAMcalvin.edu> wrote:

>Actually I have had a "fitting" as I call it, they do not the same knee
>room as in my old truck (which is my biggest problem). All that new-fangled
>air bag stuff takes up room on the dash now. My old truck is kind of like
>sitting in a chair at a nice big table, lots of leg and head room. I hate
>whacking my knees on the steering column. 🙂


I hear you! My brother and I both get frustrated with the lack of
space in so many vehicles. I drive a full-size Chevy 4x4 pickup to
get sufficient space. And I'm not big...just tall. My brother is
taller and bigger than me...it is real tough for him to fit into most
vehicles.

Novell....it does a server good!
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