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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-04-2010, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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My best day ever.

So, today i went to pick up my new (86) ranger.

took three different tries at different banks and stores to finally get my paycheck cashed so i could pay for it. finally, got my money.

i go pay for the truck, start driving home.

i go get some gas, buy two bottles of gas treatment since the truck has been sitting so long. then i put 40 dollars on the pump, ends up with about 35 in the front tank before it's full, so i put the other five in the rear tank.

start to pull out, and smoke starts pouring out of the A/C vents and i can smell burning.

i jump out of the truck, run inside the store, grab the fire extinguisher, and pump it into the cowl, sucks it into the vents and puts out the fire, or so i think
i pop the hood and the entire A/C box is in flames, so i give it another hit and put it out.

people stopped to take pictures and videotape this.

so, then, i drive to the car wash and hose out the cabin and blast the cowl untill all the yellow dust comes out.

apparently there were leaves in the condensor and they caught the blower resistor on fire, so now i need a new airbox.

no big deal, i can get one for 10 dollars at the scrap heap.

so, i start driving home, covered in fire extinguisher dust, the truck shuts down on a hill, shit.

i try to drop a gear and restart it, syncro spools up, i let the clutch out, crack. don't know what that was, shit.

so, i get it pulled over, open the hood, i blew a fuel line off the FPR, i cut the cracked end off and cram it back on, engine cranks up, i put it in gear...nothing.

pressure plate is busted.

call my dad, he comes in his f-150, we tow the truck back to the shop i got it from with a tow strap, half way there, the muffler falls off.

**** it, we bungee that sucker back up, and keep going.

i'm torn between demanding a refund or simply letting the guy fix it, i mean hell, all that's gone wrong, there's not much left!

at least the engine runs strong :/
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-04-2010, 12:35 PM
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Re: My best day ever.


I suppose thats what you get for buying a 25 year old truck thats been sitting for a while lol.

Unfortunately, if you bought the truck "as is" you cant expect any sort of warrantee to come with it. I'm sure you probably didnt pay too much for it but that is what happens when you buy old cars. Sometimes they run great and sometimes they run like garbage. Sorry about your luck but it is what it is. If the seller is nice they may give you your money back since it came back the same day in pieces, but by law they dont have to.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-04-2010, 12:48 PM
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Re: My best day ever.

Glad you're ok, however when it comes to used car sales, they don't have to disclose anything. It's nice if they do, but they aren't required to. Did you purchase it via a car lot or private party?

Out of curiosity, did you happen to start the car before you bought it when you initially went to look at it? It's always good to have an independent mechanic have a once over.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-04-2010, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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Re: My best day ever.

I'd driven it before, and it felt like it was bucking a bit, but i figured it was because i hadn't driven standard in a while.

the guy said he'll replace the entire clutch for the price of parts, so i figured that was an okay deal, i'll have it back tomorrow.

I did spend 1200 on it, but it has four brand new tires and it's very rare.

2.9 v6, 5 speed, twin gas tanks, and long bed, less than 2% of trucks made had those options. which, yeah, it's not really a classic, but it's unique nonetheless.
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