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Finally Found One!


85_Ranger4x4

December 2013 OTOTM
V8 Engine Swap
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1985
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Ford
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5.0
We finally tracked one down!

Actually two!

And one was even a Cactus Gray Black Diamond (although a Sasquatch 2dr)



2.3 10spd slushbox just like ours









The hero buttons, ours won't have the front locker but will have the rest of them.



At 6'3" with the seat all the way back or even ahead one notch I was very comfortable. The pump up seat to adjust the height should have happened decades ago!



The handles feel good and are rubberized.





Lassos on the tie downs...



The rock rails look pretty decent



The front bashplate would probably be good to upgrade if you intend on really using it...



I had wondered about it and I do really like how the mesh top can live below the MIC hardtop so you don't have to take one off to put the other on. You just take the hardtop off and the mesh is already there.



I don't know what kind of electro digical spin on 1930's kerosene powered tractor tech I am looking at... but I don't think I like it.



Lots of plastic in places under the hood I would just as soon not have it... sign of the times I guess.



Not sure what is going on with the adhesive to bind the inner hood structure to the outer hood skin. I couldn't get it to move independent of each other so it is still holding but it sure looks like it is separating apart..

 


85_Ranger4x4

December 2013 OTOTM
V8 Engine Swap
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Vehicle Year
1985
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Ford
Engine Size
5.0
And they had a Outer Banks which is probably my least favorite trim.





It had a 2.7/10 speed automatic



And I didn't notice at first but they have a body color patch on the inside of the doors.



I went back and compared with the CG one to confirm it wasn't something tied to the OB interior color scheme. People have made a lot of noise about the Navy Pier interior, at least for white I like it (I could see it clashing with some exterior colors though)




Anyway, initial impressions.

Seats are very comfortable. Everybody raves about how awesome the MGV is... I remain skeptical. It feels pretty thin to me, it reminds me of the padded vinyl on my grandparent's card table we used to eat on during the holidays if you know what I mean. I guess I was expecting something tougher feeling like I guess ag grade vinyl if that is even a thing (like the stuff they make tractor seats out of)

The windshield is weird. It is like they used a normal dash and just hinged the windshield more vertical, the windshield and top edge seems like a long ways away. But looking at pictures of me in it it doesn't really look that far away? Windshield/forward visibility feels like a gunport on a bunker. That is probably the biggest downer I had on the thing, the windshield dynamic just felt weird in ways I couldn't quite put my finger on in the short time I got to play with them. The pump adjustable seat it is an awesome invention to get past the too high/too low debacle.

People make noise about the dash feeling cheap, tapping on it like I will never do in actual ownership I couldn't really get that vibe. The console kind of did, I got to wondering on the way home if a guy pulled it apart and stuck that noise cancelling stuff on the inside if that would kill the echo noise.
 

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