93 Ford Ranger

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by mow-man, Jun 21, 2006.

  1. mow-man

    mow-man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    IM 15 and my dad is selling me his old 93 Ford Ranger XL 2.3L truck. I was wondering if it could pull a trailer and what size trailer i should get.

    (It has a manual tranny)
  2. PerennialSuccess

    PerennialSuccess LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    I bet a 5x10 would be a good size trailer for that truck. 48" walk behind and other misc stuff should fit on that fine. 2.3's run forever, but really have zero power. Great on gas though...
  3. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 850

    I'd be careful with the M5OD tranny, replace the rubber shift plugs with brass ones unless you want to drop the tranny and rebuild it when the fluid starts leaking out.
  4. mow-man

    mow-man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Thanks for the suggestions
  5. FearThisDeere

    FearThisDeere LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,154

    I agree with Lawn Masters, the brass shift plugs are the way to go. I had a '95 Ranger with a manual tranny. I beat that thing to death and it worked great for me everyday. I would stick with a 5x10 trailer. don't use the bumper hole for the ball, just get a hitch, it is the smartest way to go. Buying it from your dad, you know he will not screw you over. I'd go for it. with mine I put over 2000 lbs. of shingles in the bed and drove it for a mile down the road. I would never suggest doing this, but the truck held up great. Good luck and post some pics!

  6. brownsallseasonlandscape

    brownsallseasonlandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 240

    Hey the ranger is the best truck going. We just hydroseeded an 1.5 acres today with our '99 with the 2.5l motor and manual trans. 110050 miles and she starts up and pulls a 10' trailer everyday of the week the clutch is just now going but i am going to replace it along with these other parts these guy are talking about. Invest in trailer brakes even if the trailer you buy doesnt have them they will save your ass on a rainy day.:weightlifter:

    P.S. a T-60 finn weighs about 7800lbs. loader and the ranger pulled it at 50 mph no prob.
  7. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,716

    my 85 ranger was a good truck too 2.3 5speed
  8. MTR

    MTR LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,280

    5x8 and 5x10 is max. I still have an 94 ranger with 2.3 , manual, pulling 5x8 with my Gravely 152 Z on it and other 2 cycle stuff. Great on Gas. It is not fast but it gets job done in economical fashion that big truck will be ashamed of. As long as it pulls my Z, my accounts will be done and that matters most.
    My 150 is not doing as good as my Ranger. Next move will be the Toy. sorry.
  9. FearThisDeere

    FearThisDeere LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,154

    How in the world did you ever stop that thing? Are you sure that the front wheels of the Ranger were still on the ground?
  10. brownsallseasonlandscape

    brownsallseasonlandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 240

    You can thank runyon for the trailer brakes and it did end up bending my reese hitch at about 5 degree downward angle.:usflag:

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