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    Smile emotions to you Brad. Love your work. I have three RAV4.1's. ..so the simboyot has gotten me already.

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    I hate Toyota Sedans. Those 99% of Gargoyles Look like Bob Todd cars are everywhere.

    Working on the 3SGE RAV4.1''s has shown me how bad Toyota are at making a car serviceable. Even a 5.4 3 valve F150 or Lamborghini Urraco is better than the service nightmares I've had with all my RAV4's. But the transitions to turning a Rear drive Toyota Fun commercial deli wagon into a front drive based AWD cross over with the first RAV4 was totally right. Dyammically, it was like the Ford 221 small block Revolution of 1962, and the Cobra fully independent 260 and 289 cars....in one hit.

    It was Ford that decided to scurry back to the 1996 Explorer update, and then the awesome properly suspended 2002 AWD. Then it plotted the Australian funded T6 program, and that's the current Rangers heiritage. Love me the effort FoMoCo has done, and it's finally paying off. IMHO.....


    What was fun about the 170 hp 5 door 3SGE twin cam RAV4 compared to the 1996-2001 Explorer was having an accident on glare ice and hail in 2012 on the state Highway in my hometown of Dunedin. Im an ex fatality surface friction technician. The advent of Electronic Stability Programs has ensured everyone in every different kind of vehicle has the same chance of emulating the same secondary avoidence safety the air bagged 5 door RAV4.1 possed in 1996.

    Back then, the Independent Rear Suspension and "understeer first" retrofitted front drive to AWD allowed me and a my son to survive a non roll-over event. From that time on, I said no to torsion bar front suspension and live axle rear suspension vehicles. I had a choice. RAV4 or Explorer XLT 4.0 that day doing a road audit, and I made the right choice. I was going to retro fit my XLT with Jag XJ-6 IRS and a short arm long spindle IFS, and then decided....nyet. And I'm a staunch rear drive Intermediate and full size car guy. For the next 3 years, I found the Fox Body 1981 Mustang had everything primary and secondary safety I needed....until I had to have all wheel drive again for traction off New Zealands predeliction for grass berms Everywhere. So I bought a Nissan GTR underpinned Nissan Stage RS4 Station Wagon.

    The car was a rust bucket. Ford has blended 90% of the things I liked in the permanent All wheel drive RAV4.1 and Stagea RS4 into most of its X overs and SUV's.
    I saw each engineering step a move back to pre Jet Age cars. Everything Raymond Lowery and Studebaker and the 49er Ford did was to suit cars to the emerging Rapid Transit System of US cement Highways and Turnpikes.

    Now, everthing is in my opinion....going back to ferrel trail capable automobiles. That kinda Jeepster and F-100 amd M-100 jail bar truck thing...it never went away.

    Anyway, just my opinions.

    When I have the money, only Ford is in my future. They never abandoned ferrets like me and my Mrs. Maverick looks like my next best bet.

    It was long ago in 1980 in Australia. Edsel Ford II said it best...."we need to get our truckin' house in order!".And it may be 2021, but FoMoCo world wide...they've finally done it. Let the Sedan producers bleed red ink....

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    At least you guys got competent RWD V8 sedans lonnnnnnnnnnggggggggg after we did. Maybe you're more satiated in that sense because of that. Ya gotta remember we in the US completely missed that party. What I wouldn't give for a relatively modern Ford V8 RWD sedan. Also, you don't seem to have an issue looking elsewhere if Ford isn't making something that suits you. I'm not accustomed to having to do that. I've been dead loyal, and what did it get me?

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    I hate Toyota's. It's my wife who has been unfaithful. I then figured it out. Just embrace her lewdness, and Hot Rod every Toyota with a Ford 90 degree Vee. Now I'm like Norm MacDonald when he "twigged" to what makes people laugh, or like Royal Blood when the two piece suddenly understood Less is More. I'm hot-roding my old Tojo Chuck wagons because it demonstrates that Closer to Ford is Closer to Dog. Cars are becoming the new Dog Houses.

    Ford always has had great sports sedans worldwide....the RS Sapphire, the Scorpio Cosworth 2.9, the four wheel drive Escorts Cosworths and it's just a re-Focus. You'll find something you like.

    V8 your Mom's Transit Connect.....

    Anyway....just my humble love for the brand. My biggest mistake was not putting the XR4X4 four wheel drive train in my 1981 Mustang. And do a tray back Utilty Conversion to it.....I'm Evil, don't listen to me, no matter what I say.....

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    I would import a Falcon, but I don't know if i could get used to the RHD....

    And maybe I'm just weird this way, but I don't feel like I should tackle another hot rodding project until I get my Zeph sorted out. My intention has always been for it to be a mostly-DD type of build. My favorite builds I see at shows are always RWD conversions to more modern cars. Recently I saw a Mazda 5 with a full chassis, RWD, and V8. Super freakin' cool, but the guy had it all done at a shop. It's pretty serious. I have to wonder how well it rides and if it's suitable for driving a lot. There was a Focus ST same body style as mine a guy put a Coyote in and a S550 rear suspension. Now you're talkin'. But he had to ruin it by supercharging it and ricing it out. No way that thing is manageable on the street. I would never build a car just for drag racing. I just can't do it. Why have it if you can't jump in it and drive it to the store if you want? But then I think any other build I would do like that would be pretty much what my Zeph already is. Man, I wish I could get that thing right. That's why I'd rather go down to the dealer and just buy what I want. It'll never happen now.
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    Not a Ranger, but here's my new daily driver finally!

    Thanks to Ford showing it coming off the assembly line.

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    ​Trey

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    1981 Capri Black Magic Roller Basket Case
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    Saw a new no-option Ranger the other day in White, it was beautiful.

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    I love my new STX!
    2.3L Ecoboost really pulls and the
    10 speed auto goes through the gears so smoothly.
    I'm a manual trans you-shift-it guy....BUT.... this new 10 speed is really slick!
    I got all the options I wanted* and had it 'on the road' for under $29,000.

    *E-lock differential and Tow Package

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    Quote Originally Posted by wraithracing View Post
    Not a Ranger, but here's my new daily driver finally!

    Thanks to Ford showing it coming off the assembly line.

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    How cool is that. Santa came early. Got to be fun to drive something unlike anything out there.
    The line pic is just too cool. Did not know they did that.

    The white STX with that combo looks like a winner too.
    Do they have the new car smell?

    They fit well in this thread as they are both MAP products.
    A plus they were not sitting in a field waiting for parts.

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    I've added the FRPP black tipped exhaust, an AFE Cold Air Intake and a 5 Star 93 Octane tune to my '20 STX.
    I walked a brand new Turdyota 5.7L Tundra the other day......lol
    I'm sure that the owner was scratching his head wondering WTF just happened!
    Now that cold weather is setting in, this little turbo Ranger is really quick.
    I'm adding a Snow Meth injection kit* this winter, mainly to help with keeping the intake valves clean on a DI engine....
    and it also bumps up the octane, lowers the IAT and lowers the EGTs.


    *along with a 50:50 Methanol:Water updated tune
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    Quote Originally Posted by wraithracing View Post
    Not a Ranger, but here's my new daily driver finally!

    Thanks to Ford showing it coming off the assembly line.

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    I like this, for some strange reason lol! Very cool, Trey! Let us know how you like it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Broncojunkie View Post
    I like this, for some strange reason lol! Very cool, Trey! Let us know how you like it!
    I hate the wheels and tires, but have plans in the works to correct that.

    So far I like it. Ride is good, handling is good, nice and roomy interior, the 2.7 Ecoboost has plenty of power, the 10 speed automatic is sweet, the overall interior noise is very tolerable. I only have 2 days of driving, but so far I am enjoying it. Visibility is excellent in the vehicle. Hope to pop the roof panels off this weekend and take it for a spin up on the Grand Mesa. Oh I am not a fan of the instrument cluster/dash gauge setup. It's ok, but they could have done so much more IMHO. Getting plenty of thumbs up and "IS that the NEW Bronco!?" so that is fun. Local Ford dealer has only delivered 8 or so Broncos this year and I have only seen 1 other one on the road here in Grand Junction.
    ​Trey

    "I Don't build it hoping for your approval! I built it because it meets mine!"

    "I've spent most of my money on Mustangs, racing, and women... the rest I just wasted."

    Mustangs Past: Too many to remember!
    Current Mustangs:
    1969 Mach 1
    1979 Pace Car now 5.0/5 speed
    1982 GT Stalled RestoModification
    1984 SVO Still Waiting Restoration
    1986 GT Under going Wide Body Conversion Currently

    Current Capris:
    1981 Capri Roller
    1981 Capri Black Magic Roller Basket Case
    1982 Capri RS 5.0/4spd T-top Full Restoration Stalled in TX
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    Quote Originally Posted by wraithracing View Post
    I hate the wheels and tires, but have plans in the works to correct that.

    So far I like it. Ride is good, handling is good, nice and roomy interior, the 2.7 Ecoboost has plenty of power, the 10 speed automatic is sweet, the overall interior noise is very tolerable. I only have 2 days of driving, but so far I am enjoying it. Visibility is excellent in the vehicle. Hope to pop the roof panels off this weekend and take it for a spin up on the Grand Mesa. Oh I am not a fan of the instrument cluster/dash gauge setup. It's ok, but they could have done so much more IMHO. Getting plenty of thumbs up and "IS that the NEW Bronco!?" so that is fun. Local Ford dealer has only delivered 8 or so Broncos this year and I have only seen 1 other one on the road here in Grand Junction.
    Congrats, Trey. Great color. Have fun
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    nice bronco, but the new 2022 ranger pictures have been released and im liking it
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    Hoping the newly updated Ranger will be available with the manual trans and/or the 2.7 like the Bronco.
    -Randy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt J View Post
    I'd love to see the "real" Ranger brought back, a small light duty regular-cab truck good for running errands and using as an inexpensive second vehicle. The problem is, I don't see that happening. I was looking for a small truck, as I don't need to spend $35,000 on a truck that I'll only need to use as a truck occasionally. The problem is the Colorado and Tacoma are actually longer than a single-cab 1/2 ton, because they're actually family trucksters with a short bed on the back. You can't buy them in regular-cab anymore, it's actually hard to get even a Ford, Chevy, or Dodge 1/2 ton truck in a single cab, though you can get them.

    There are a few reasons for this, some will tell you that it has to do with the environmental standards set and the best way to get around them is to increase the wheelbase of the vehicle. There's some truth to that, but the reality is that it's mostly about MONEY. The Ranger competes with the f150 which is Ford's biggest seller. They phased out the small trucks a few years ago in order to focus on the larger and more profitable ones. The only way they bring the Ranger back, unless it's simply to ward off competition from GM and Toyota, is if the Ranger offers something that the f150 doesn't. My fear is that these will be the same bloated "small" trucks that will be in a similar price point as the f150, which in my opinion defeats the purpose of a real light truck.

    I'll be hopeful, I'd like to be wrong about this. I'd really like to buy an actually small truck!
    How about a new Ford Courier, errr......Maverick (Why Ford ? WHY!! )
    Starts at $19,995 and a 2.0 liter engine is available.

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    One reason for a compact pickup is an open bed, maneuverability, economy, not 4 doors.
    My 7' bed Ranger has done well hauling big stuff, not so good for passengers. That side is for groceries and the cooler.
    Maverick would have a decent bed with a 3/4 or regular cab to cut cost and weight down.
    One more foot is noticeable especially if using a truck box.
    Or does marketing know better? Many own dogs? Future resale better for 4 doors? Less sporty for future customizing.
    Or does Ford use Bronco Sport 4 door side sheet metal to save cost?
    Oh well it looks like a decent product direction.
    https://www.slashgear.com/2022-ford-...ckup-05693914/

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