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80s Beater Trucks #4711872
03/30/18 09:06 PM
03/30/18 09:06 PM
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South Carolina
eyeofthetiger Offline OP
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I seem to be collecting them. I just drove my '88 GMC on a 3-hour trip to pickup an '86 Ranger. It towed very well, even if it was a bit slow.
The Ranger needs a clutch because it doesn't move, but the engine sounds great. I'll be working on it next week. It's a bare bones base model, carbureted 2.0. Just how I like it.




2017 Ford Fiesta 1.0T - Valvoline SynPower 5W-20, Motorcraft FL910S
1988 GMC K1500 4.3/700R4 - Supertech 15W-40, Fram TG3980
1986 Ford Ranger 2.0 - uhh
Re: 80s Beater Trucks [Re: eyeofthetiger] #4711882
03/30/18 09:16 PM
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Re: 80s Beater Trucks [Re: eyeofthetiger] #4711886
03/30/18 09:18 PM
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your 88 looks great minus the paint scheme. Awesome that it made a three hour trip without issues.


2017 Toyota Sienna (Hers)
2017 Toyota Sienna (His)
Re: 80s Beater Trucks [Re: eyeofthetiger] #4711889
03/30/18 09:19 PM
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Phoenix
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Phoenix
Sweet!


2018 Challenger SRT
Re: 80s Beater Trucks [Re: FirstNissan] #4711891
03/30/18 09:21 PM
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South Carolina
eyeofthetiger Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: FirstNissan
your 88 looks great minus the paint scheme. Awesome that it made a three hour trip without issues.


Thanks. The paint is one of the few things that I haven't fixed. I'm a mechanic, not an artist.


2017 Ford Fiesta 1.0T - Valvoline SynPower 5W-20, Motorcraft FL910S
1988 GMC K1500 4.3/700R4 - Supertech 15W-40, Fram TG3980
1986 Ford Ranger 2.0 - uhh
Re: 80s Beater Trucks [Re: eyeofthetiger] #4711897
03/30/18 09:28 PM
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Southwestern Alberta
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Let us know how the ranger turns out.


07 GMC Canyon - 204km
01 Saturn SL2 - 240km
Re: 80s Beater Trucks [Re: eyeofthetiger] #4711931
03/30/18 09:58 PM
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Waco, TX
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I have a 1986 F350 dually 6.9 diesel that has never really seen proper maintenance... yet it just won't die.

My other dually is a 1995 K3500 Chevy 7.4/454 with almost 300,000 miles - it's been run on 15W-40 tractor oil it's whole life.


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Re: 80s Beater Trucks [Re: eyeofthetiger] #4711940
03/30/18 10:26 PM
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Birmingham, AL
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Wow, a 2.0 is REALLY bare bones and very rare these days. You do know it has like 70 or 80 HP right?

It is a Lima though, very simple. Good as an around town beater.

Great candidate for a 5.0 swap.

Cool project whatever you decide. Keep us updated.


Last edited by 01rangerxl; 03/30/18 10:27 PM.

2002 Ford Ranger XLT | 3.0 V6 / 5-Speed Automatic / 2WD | 216K miles
1994 Ford Ranger STX | 4.0 V6 / 5-Speed Manual / 4X4 | 199K miles
Re: 80s Beater Trucks [Re: eyeofthetiger] #4712046
03/31/18 05:08 AM
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South Central PA
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Hah, that picture is weirding me out. Up here both would be rotted out almost to the point of no recognition. Super jealous of clean Southern vehicles! My dad had an '86 Ranger he swapped a 302 into and later a 351W. Fun little truck.


'17 VW GTI 2.0T - 6MT - 10K - Edge 0w40
'15 Camry SE - 2.5 - 20K - PP 0w20
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Re: 80s Beater Trucks [Re: eyeofthetiger] #4712125
03/31/18 08:11 AM
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Cincinnati, OH, USA
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Your '88 looks like my '93 C3500-at least all your paint still seems to be attached! smirk
Those Rangers are simple, bare bones trucks-they make good beaters, but they can't haul much weight. Like the old early 4 cylinder S-10s.


06 Ram 3500 CTD 4X4(FG Venturi), 93 GMC C3500 6.2, 89 F-450 7.3, 98 XJ 4.0(XG8A), 05 xB(XG3600), 18 Transit 3.7, 03 Merc Grand Marquis 4.6 2V(XG2)
Re: 80s Beater Trucks [Re: bullwinkle] #4712127
03/31/18 08:15 AM
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South Carolina
eyeofthetiger Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: bullwinkle
Your '88 looks like my '93 C3500-at least all your paint still seems to be attached! smirk
Those Rangers are simple, bare bones trucks-they make good beaters, but they can't haul much weight. Like the old early 4 cylinder S-10s.


The picture is deceiving due to the lighting. My GMC has what they call "patina". The paint on your truck looks much better!


2017 Ford Fiesta 1.0T - Valvoline SynPower 5W-20, Motorcraft FL910S
1988 GMC K1500 4.3/700R4 - Supertech 15W-40, Fram TG3980
1986 Ford Ranger 2.0 - uhh
Re: 80s Beater Trucks [Re: 01rangerxl] #4712132
03/31/18 08:19 AM
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eyeofthetiger Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: 01rangerxl
Wow, a 2.0 is REALLY bare bones and very rare these days. You do know it has like 70 or 80 HP right?

It is a Lima though, very simple. Good as an around town beater.

Great candidate for a 5.0 swap.

Cool project whatever you decide. Keep us updated.



I hear that a Weber carb will free up another 10-20 hp or something, plus get rid of that mess of emissions junk. Either one of these trucks could end up with a V8. We'll see.


2017 Ford Fiesta 1.0T - Valvoline SynPower 5W-20, Motorcraft FL910S
1988 GMC K1500 4.3/700R4 - Supertech 15W-40, Fram TG3980
1986 Ford Ranger 2.0 - uhh
Re: 80s Beater Trucks [Re: eyeofthetiger] #4712380
03/31/18 12:55 PM
03/31/18 12:55 PM
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Phoenix, AZ
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Sounds like a fun project. I had an 86' Ranger 2.9L when I was 16 for a short while. It was my grandpa's go-to-the-dump-truck. Transmission was slipping and it ran on 5 cylinders. I put some newer Explorer pickup wheels on it.



2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 86k Mobil 1 AFE 0w30 & OEM
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 230k Valvoline 5w30 & Fram Ultra
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 147k Mobil 1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
Re: 80s Beater Trucks [Re: eyeofthetiger] #4712441
03/31/18 02:37 PM
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NY, USA, etc.
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I love clean older trucks. I recently picked up one not as old as yours, but I still enjoy it. V8, 5-speed, 4x4. I'm not afraid to use it like a TRUCK! First day I had it I dented it and took it off road in 4-LO. I love it.

Re: 80s Beater Trucks [Re: eyeofthetiger] #4712473
03/31/18 03:43 PM
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1985 M1009, very slowly restoring from the inside out, for now it's the closest we have to an old beater, mainly used to haul things and plow the driveway. Has 12VDC conversion and gas 350.


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