The late model used car market goes something like this. We (car nerds) get abscessed with some particular car because it is cool or reliable or interesting — let’s pick the Toyota Hilux and pretend it is 2010. You could get them for next to nothing and they were cheap and easy to maintain and we (car nerds…again) told all of our non-car friends about it. Some of those people turned into car nerds and others started to treat their used cars like some kinda physical version of a crypto-currency and they started hoarding them and then prices started going up and the next thing you know you are paying $60k for a barely running Ford Bronco, or VW Bus, or original Mustang, or…Toyota HiLux…you see where I’m going with this? Okay. Next object of our mass stupidity is…spin that wheel…beep-beep-beep-boop ooohhh, Ford Ranger. Find this 1997 Ford Ranger offered for $2500 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist.
The third generation Ford Ranger was first built in 1998 and lasted all the way until 2012. It wasn’t an earth shattering car when new, but it offered a decent tradeoff of usability versus price. Today’s example is both more useable and more expensive, but in a good way- it has a Cummins 4BT, which is a 3.9 liter inline-4 turbo diesel. Find this 2000 Ford Ranger offer for $17,000 near Huntsville, AL via craigslist.
Trucks are popular (I believe the F150 is still the best selling vehicle in the USA) and they have an interesting history. They started off 100 years ago with the Ford Model T Runabout as a work truck and that was mostly the paradigm for 50 years until the El Camino & Ranchero introduced a […]
This next car comes as a tip from DT tipper SecondMouse who writes: Do you know a Mary Kay lady who needs a new whip? Trying to find a car to match those plastic pink flamingos you put in the yard? Look no further than this 1959 Ford Edsel Ranger, sensibly priced at $12,500 OBO. From […]
Remember that Toyota 22R powered Mercedes-Benz 240D that we posted the other day…that was a strange car…really weird, but I think we’ve discovered where the engine from the Merc ended up…but for the universe not to end in a divide by zero error, there has to be a Toyota pickup with a Ford engine for […]
Compact trucks are a thing of past here in the US despite the ongoing SUV and truck boom. Ford pulled the plug on the Ranger after the 2011 model year. Rangers were made from 1983-2011 and were only available with four cylinder or V6 engines. Ford’s 302 5.0 push rod V8 is a popular engine […]
File this next one under the “what the heck am I looking at folder” — it seems to have started as a Ford Ranger pickup, but is now Chevy 350 V8 powered and equipped with a one-piece clamshell top. Find this 1984 Ford Ranger offered for $5,500 in La Follette, TN via craigslist. Tip from […]
There is something undeniably good about a classic pickup truck. Good to drive? Nah…rough and slow. Good to own? Maybe. Good to look at? Yes! This is the car that you always glance over your shoulder after you park it. Find this 1970 Ford F-250 Ranger XLT Pickup here on eBay bidding for $7,400 with a few hours […]
The sixth generation Ford F-series (1972-1979) featured new boxy-styled sheet metal that wasn’t much different from the car it replaced, aside from the items required for safety — but one of the biggest changes was the extensive use of galvanized thick sheet metal, which is why you see scores of these still driving on the […]
For the last car of the 1950s, take a look at the decade’s biggest failure. Who really knows whether it was due to bad marketing, odd styling, confusing product lines and pricing, or just plain bad timing, but after its disappointing 1958 release, the newly minted brand lasted only (barely) into the 1960 model year. […]