I am excited to start this series of blog post. I am back dating this one to when the photos were taken. July 3rd, 2013.
I am NEW to working on vehicles. Pretty sure I just heard several of you say, "This should be good." Yea. I know. We all have to start somewhere. Haha. No one in my family was into cars and I never grew up working on cars. So now I'm 33 and want to figure out how to work on cars. I'm a late starter, but at least I am starting!
What did you drive before this?
- 1999 first car was a 1980 Nissan Datsun 280 ZX GL model straight 6. It was so fast.
- 2000 the little Datsun kept stalling, so we got a new 2000 Toyota Celica turbo four cylinder that I drove into the dirt.
- Then I got a new 2012 Subaru WRX who was pearl black and appropriately named Black Betty. She was sooo sleek and sooo fast. I loved that all wheel drive beauty. I sold it to help pay down the debt.
- Now, 2003 Ford Ranger XLT, FX4 Level II, 4.0 SOHC, dual stick.
Where did I get it?
I purchased the truck from a broker in the north so there is more rust under the truck than I am used to. It had about 156K on it and I paid about $5500 for it after taxes and shipping.
Was there anything wrong with it?
I discovered it wasn't as good as it looked in the photos. But it would get the job done.
What do you want to do to it?
Number 1, I need to fix most of the above. Then I can do some other stuff.
I am a Realtor by trade and this project truck will also be a very recognizable work vehicle around town, so I will have to keep it a little proper, very clean, but I want it to be off road capable. The full list is yet to come. The goal is for the truck to look nice, clean, black, and aggressive and have some accent LEDs. More on the full mod list later.
Did you name it?
Yea. I got the truck shortly after Vince Flynn passed away and the name Vincent just seemed to fit. I realize it is a guys name, but after driving Black Betty, this truck just doesn't feel very lady like.
Take a look at the photos below. I know I am oversharing, but I really wanted to catalog the entire journey. If you notice anything not stock or mods/problems that a n00b wouldn't, please tell me. Thanks for checking out the thread!