Small Truck: 1987 Ford Ranger STX 4X4 Ext Cab

Production of the compact Ford Ranger started for the 1983 model year (Ford had an Edsel Ranger and later a F-Series Ranger trim, but that was just an options package) as the first compact pickup truck designed and released by North American Ford. Unless you count the original Model T pickup as a compact, but I’m getting ahead of myself. Anyway, the OG Ford Ranger was produced from 1982 through 1992 on a chassis shared with the Bronco II and the original Explorer. It was a great little pickup and most have been bashed into pieces of post-modern art, but today’s Ranger looks nice. Find this 1987 Ford Ranger STX 4X4 Ext Cab offered for $11,000 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist.

From the seller;

1987 Ford Ranger STX
condition: excellent
cylinders: 6 cylinders
drive: 4wd
fuel: gas
odometer: 160000
odometer rolled over
paint color: custom
title status: clean
transmission: automatic
type: truck
This was my dream truck. I bought it early on in COVID as a project and then I had a baby. For a year now, outside of having the truck completely repainted in the original color, I just haven’t had any time to work on it, let alone drive it. It’s been sadly sitting under a car cover for too long – it’s time for someone else to take over and bring this thing to it’s full glory.

The truck has 160k miles – drives perfectly and it’s in amazing condition inside and out. 4×4 works perfectly, A/C does not (I was told by the last owner it just needs a Freon recharge, but I haven’t had it looked at). Since I bought it I’ve only had it serviced at one of L.A.’s premier auto shops, Hi Tech Auto, and I have receipts. I’ve put about $6k into this truck since I purchased it:

• Replaced filter hose
• Replaced valve cover gaskets
• Replaced master cylinder
• Replaced intake manifold gasket
• Replaced rear break shoes, wheel cylinders and drums
• Replaced power steering pump
• Replaced heater hoses
• Replaced thermostat and gasket
• Replaced radiator and cap
• Replaced taillights
• Repainted entire vehicle in original color code.

I have the tailgate, but it’s broken and not painted. They are very easy to find at any junk yard.

See a better way to ranger?