run down: 85 ranger 4cyl.( 5 speed ) 2wd reg. cab burns oil but the body is straight, paint needs a bottle of jergens Straight to the point. I need ideas... I really like this old basterd and don't want to see it go. So this means i need to figure out what I'm gonna do to it. My idea was to do something really different and rice it out. By rice it out I don't mean kit, primer,altezzas..... I mean mini truck meets spo-com. I guess a good example of what I want would be like the Mustang at the end of tokyo drift. It' has been churning in my head and I think I have a good idea for what I can pull off on a limited budget; Obviously the first plan is the engine. I was thinking F20C swap. 9,000 RPM Ranger= ludacris. Heres the problem with that though, $5,000 for a motor and tranny minus ECU, harness, yaddy yadda... is not exceptable. Another power solution would be to drop in an old carbed V8. It would be cheap but wouldn't stick with my theme. My best idea so far ( I think ) is a K swap. Now before you start flamming, I don't mean THAT K motor. I mean KA24DE. They have a healthy after market support, SR20 swappers use them as jack stands and boat anchors so they are readily available and cheap( ECU,tranny, harness included). I've seen a few of them boosted and they make good power even on stock internals. Drive-train won't be a problem, custom drive shaft, motor mounts, and Im ridin' .( save for the weak rear end ) Looks wise, axle flip kit and a set of dream beams would be good for stance, Staggered spo-com influenced wheels, sick fart can exhuast ( drift style kickout to the side of course ), and a ittle JDM flare ... like old yellow block fog lights, maybe amber side markers, hood hinge risers A.K.A bolt washers. Hell it already has a chin spoiler from te factory. Give me some input... good idea? bad idea? something else? Please no flamming though......I'll try to post some pics later.