low buck rear suspension?
Here is only a thought.. The 1994 Ford Ranger I bought for the frame section was mecanically sort of 'ok'. Things like a bolt stuck into the front brake line resivore on the M/C and a rusted off front brake line, among a few other interesting repairs I found, however the frt suspension is rebuildable and in decent shape . But The rear and front shackle hangers were replaced in the somewhat distant past, and factory P/N tags are still legible on the front spring hangers.. My thinking is to buy some 2.5" square tubing. cut sections to the longest that I can run ( 36"-40"ish ). Drill holes in the correct location/ angle cut the steel at the ends to mount the tubing into the front spring shackle hangers. For rear axle mounting, take the axle top spring plate ( mounts over leaf spring ), and weld directly to the 2.5" tubing and plate it togther. Then I could use Factory Ranger/Explorer U bolts. Mount coil overs on the inside of the frame.. Frame width will be the same as a Ranger and would retain the same axle mounting pads/ I would need to make locating pins which would be easy after centering up the axle..
My whole thinking with this is, anything that I can use from the Ranger, I will.. I'm sacraficing some 'style' and using the steering column also. It's in good shape. 2 keys and can always make more/ locks and is smooth. not to mention it fits the steering box w/o any aftermarket shafts or u joints