Matt from Fox Lake, WI

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by 00redranger, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. 00redranger

    00redranger New Member

    Hi all!

    Some of you may know me from other forums, name over there is 94mtx.

    Well, this is my first intro post ever, so I might as well give you all a proper introduction.

    My name's Matt, I'm turning 22 on the 30th of this month, grew up in Wheaton/Sycamore/Dekalb, IL and moved to Fox Lake, WI January 22nd of last year.

    I work at Marlin Technologies as a Mechanical Assembler ( ) where we build electronics for anything from the Jaws of Life to PDU's for million dollar electric lawn mowers (for PGA-style greens.)

    I started off on various Ranger Forums after purchasing a basket-case 1994 XLT 2.3L 5-speed, sold that POS after I put a lot of hard work and money into it, then took out a loan on my current truck.

    I currently drive a 2000 Ford Ranger XL 2.5L 5-speed that has 111k miles on it. It is so much better than my old '94 I can't even begin to describe it, unless you want a huge list of what all was wrong on the 94. haha

    I'll post up my headgasket and timing how-to in the proper section here which should make the 2.3 or 2.5L jobs easy for anybody (only thing that may be different is the torques and the spark plug wire locations.)

    Glad to be a part of another forum! :thumbsup:


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  3. Welcome. I know how ya feel with the hard work. My truck was beaten like a slave before I bought it and I had to dump more than I paid for it into it. But I kept it :D Haha. Your new truck looks good man!
  4. Hurley

    Hurley Superultramegalurker

  5. ZRanger28

    ZRanger28 Got boost?

    hi matt!!!!
  6. klinger86

    klinger86 Moderator

  7. OP

    00redranger New Member

    What do you expect when you used to off-road the thing lol...

    My '94 had absolutely no preventative maintenance done to it, and it was my first truck I looked at, so I got all excited and bought it cause it seemed like a good deal... Boy was I wrong...

    Timing belt
    Timing tensioner
    Water pump
    Slave cylinder
    coolant flush
    cut out rust and filled cab corners with bondo
    billet grille
    aftermarket tails

    Even after I got the slave replaced, they didn't bleed the master, so I had like no peddle. >_<

    what i didn't replace before I sold it:

    Leaking transfer case
    Leaking rear axle seals
    Leaking rear wheel cylinder
    HORRIBLE BALL JOINTS (1" of play)
    HORRIBLE shocks

    and what does my 2000 need? right side ball joints, but I'll do them when it gets warm out (1/2 cm of play)
  8. OP

    00redranger New Member

    Do I get a hug? :rolleyes:

    Hi Colin! :)

    Thanks for the welcome!
  9. Hurley

    Hurley Superultramegalurker

    You gotta buy me dinner first
  10. OP

    00redranger New Member

    K but you're giving me head on the way home.
  11. SalRanger2

    SalRanger2 Ranger Lover

    howdy! do i know you? lol
  12. OP

    00redranger New Member

    Of course you do!

    Glad to see some familiar faces around here! :D
  13. SalRanger2

    SalRanger2 Ranger Lover

    lol. yea man this place is great!
  14. Hooligan

    Hooligan Rangerholic!!

    I know who you are now! Welcome dude!!
  15. Same here man! I was looking for a full size ram, but then thought about the mileage I'd get. Especially with school being a 40 mile trip one But I came across this, guy wanted 4 grand. It was missing a flare, had a few things here and there. Knocked him down to $2800. WHAT A DEAL! Three weeks later, $450 worth of hubs. lol He beat it. But it's alright now. No more hard wheeling, and she's holding steady. Never though I could relate like this lol
  16. buggman

    buggman Do not touch the trim!

  17. OP

    00redranger New Member

  18. machine

    machine Banned

    welcome aboard!

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