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Re: 87 Gen1 Rebuild in Kansas [Re: Tuxedo_Ranch] #1105268 09/24/19 01:22 AM
Joined: Feb 2019
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Tuxedo_Ranch Offline OP
Getting the Wheeling Fever
Well, I got Fortuetus Eduardo hauled back to his new home, 19 hrs on the road but worth it. Didn't feel safe driving him over 500 miles before I had a chance to check out his health, besides, I didn't have a license plate.

Don't know if the noise is actually main or rod bearings, beginning to think it could be slop in the timing or balance shaft chains. Sounds like the motorcycle I used to own when it's timing chain tensioner block was worn out. Anyone have any information on this that would help me figure it out?


Gonna have to update my "signature" to include him now.


87 GEN1 Raider 5-spd w/ Weber (HAGAR)
87 GEN1 Monty 5-spd stock (LUCKY EDDIE)
88 GEN1 Raider A/T w/ Weber (HELGA)
87 Ford Ranger STX 5-spd 2.9L V6
95 Ford Bronco Eddy Bauer
99 Toyota 4-Runner Limited 3" lift

WELCOME TO MY "USED" CAR LOT
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Re: 87 Gen1 Rebuild in Kansas [Re: Tuxedo_Ranch] #1105270 09/24/19 02:14 AM
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Posts: 73
Tuxedo_Ranch Offline OP
Getting the Wheeling Fever
Been spending my limited time at home working on the 87 Ranger for my youngest son to drive. My middle son exploded the tranny and t-case driving it while the rear drive shaft CV joint was bad (massive counter weight). Broke the complete tranny rear mounting plate off allowing the t-case to slam into its' skid plate, smashing it's case also.

Just gotta get the drive shaft fixed and the motor running better and it will be complete for now. Then it's time to start tearing down HAGAR. Gonna strip all the interior out and pull the body off the frame so the body shop can start working on all his modifications. "Bob" off the rear top, repair all the cancer, make doors removable (like a Jeep), complete with Dark Desert Tan Line-X inside and out. Then I'll install custom roll bar, 4" fender flares and snorkel. Body installed on frame with 2" lift.

While body is in shop I plan to clean up and strengthen frame, then coat with POR-15. Fix all oil leaks and clean up wiring harness removing all un-needed (emissions) connections. Install new front bumper w/ 9000 Lb. winch and new rear pipe bumper.

All this is new to me, any body have some helpful words of wisdom for me?

Thanks!


87 GEN1 Raider 5-spd w/ Weber (HAGAR)
87 GEN1 Monty 5-spd stock (LUCKY EDDIE)
88 GEN1 Raider A/T w/ Weber (HELGA)
87 Ford Ranger STX 5-spd 2.9L V6
95 Ford Bronco Eddy Bauer
99 Toyota 4-Runner Limited 3" lift

WELCOME TO MY "USED" CAR LOT
Re: 87 Gen1 Rebuild in Kansas [Re: Tuxedo_Ranch] #1105310 11/01/19 08:26 PM
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Tuxedo_Ranch Offline OP
Getting the Wheeling Fever
Finally got the '87 Ranger completed and running like a top for now. Finally get to move back to HAGAR, HELGA and Lucky Eddie.

Thanks to Russel's "rxinhed" for his advise about the GEN2 UCA's. What a dramatic difference it made to Hagar. Now he's standing tall and level all the way around.

I've been looking at somethings for the motor (not sure I want to go with the diesel swap anymore) but have a lot of questions about the rest of the drive-train. I'm thinking I may just rebuild the existing motor with upgrades this winter and add a turbo.

How much HP will the drive train in a GEN 1 Raider withstand before it is advisable to upgrade it to something more durable? I found a website (racetep.com) where I can get complete turbo systems specifically for the Raider/Montero 2.6. The smallest upgrade is to 160hp w/ 170 Ft Lbs of torque all the way up to 220hp w/ 200 Ft Lbs of torque. I'm not looking to completely change the drive train at this time, I just want to get the most out of it that I can without causing major headaches.

I'm sure someone out there has figured all this out by now. I looked at the "Turbo Upgrade" on the Tech Page but it all talks about using a donor Starion and it's fuel injection system.

THANKS!


87 GEN1 Raider 5-spd w/ Weber (HAGAR)
87 GEN1 Monty 5-spd stock (LUCKY EDDIE)
88 GEN1 Raider A/T w/ Weber (HELGA)
87 Ford Ranger STX 5-spd 2.9L V6
95 Ford Bronco Eddy Bauer
99 Toyota 4-Runner Limited 3" lift

WELCOME TO MY "USED" CAR LOT
Re: 87 Gen1 Rebuild in Kansas [Re: Tuxedo_Ranch] #1105314 11/05/19 01:56 AM
Joined: Aug 2008
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Body Damage is Cool
I believe the 4cyl 5speed trans is considered to be pretty weak. Input shaft problems as I recall even on original Raiders.

Though I did run 38" tires for a while on mine and didn't have a problem other than a smoked clutch. But your driving makes a huge difference on it's reliability.

The underpowered engine is what makes it fun!


'88 Raider, 33" Maxxis, 2" body lift, 10K winch
Re: 87 Gen1 Rebuild in Kansas [Re: Tuxedo_Ranch] #1105316 11/06/19 02:35 AM
Joined: Feb 2005
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rxinhed Offline
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If you are considering a turbo swap, it's time for you to look for a 4-cyl Montero Sport with the stick....uses the 2.4L Sirius engine and a V5MT-1 or -2 trans. The 2.4L 4g64 block can be matched with a 4g63 head and then you have opened the EVO world. Some of those folks are running 900 rwhp, that you won't need in a SWB. The later trans is good to about 300hp.


1988 Mighty Max turbo 2.6 service body
1980 Power Wagon W400
Out of the parts business now, unless you visit Montero Ranch
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