This was a thing in the late 70's-early 80's. The Europeans did it because it saved a nickel per car on wiring, and Ford did it because it was "European." DMC probably did it because they got a bunch of those switches cheap. » 11/26/14 9:12pm Wednesday 9:12pm

Bear in mind that the 4.8 won't take an overbore. The block castings are too thin. Max oversize is .004 (barely a hone). So you better find a super-low-mileage example at the junkyard. » 11/24/14 7:31am Monday 7:31am

Crawl under there and look at the brake lines. If they're OE chances are they're rusted to shit. My Ranger is an '03 and I replaced them all this summer. A totally un-sexy, pain in the ass job that could save your life. » 11/23/14 6:06am Sunday 6:06am

Way way back when, the Ohio state patrol used to do roadside safety inspections. They'd pull over a whole line of cars, give the decent-looking ones a pass, and check all the others to see if the lights & wipers worked. I failed once due to a cracked windshield. If you passed, you got a windshield sticker. Fail and… » 11/22/14 6:53am 11/22/14 6:53am

Rangers are like that. I don't know why; mechanically they're nothing special, they churned out a quarter million of 'em each year, and they're slow as molasses. Yet somehow very satisfying to drive. » 11/22/14 6:42am 11/22/14 6:42am