17th Jan 2015, 16:50

Original Poster Update.

Another year later and it is still going strong. A little more rust on the one wheel well, but not bad yet. It past the emissions test with no problems, with the whole original exhaust system still intact. As far as I know, I have never even replaced a light or signal bulb in twenty years. Truly an amazing vehicle.

17th Jan 2016, 23:47

Original Poster Update.

Had to replace the brackets that hold the leaf-spring shackles to the frame. They had rusted out and cracked. I did have 3/4 of a ton of bagged cement on it two years ago; I'm sure that didn't help. Also just replaced the serpentine belt that was 9 years old. Other than that, the truck still runs like new. Rust situation isn't too bad.

3rd Mar 2017, 17:49

Original poster update.

Another year later and still going. Had the front brakes and lines replaced last fall. Exhaust system is getting close to full replacement (never been touched in 22 years). Passenger side is starting to rust more quickly. The cruise control stopped working a month ago; I hope it is just the pressure switch on the front of the master brake cylinder. Other than this it still runs great. Hope to keep it going until the new Ranger is produced.

6th Feb 2019, 16:29

Original Poster Update.

Almost two years later and the truck is still going. Put new rear shocks and drums on the rear. The engine starts and runs like new, even in the very cold weather we just had. The truck is vibrating at highway speed, probably due to an unbalanced driveshaft. Had the universals and hanger bearing replaced by some non-experienced mechanics. But it's good enough for in town driving. Looking at the new Ranger, but don't care for their only one motor option (2.3L Ecoboost). Would prefer a small non-turbo V6.