One born every minute! My Rickman Ranger project!-gctid346

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One born every minute! My Rickman Ranger project!-gctid346

Post by Ex_Member » Mon Aug 01, 2011 12:21 pm

Hi all,

I am new to the world of Rickmans, although have seen them many times over the years at various kit car shows.



Its a SWB hardtop Ranger 1600 Kent, bought off Ebay. Please do not laugh too loud, but it is the last Ebay car I buy on spec!! (it is the 2nd...I am a mug)



It was in Cornwall and I am in Newbury, so as he would meet me halfway in Exeter, I thought it cant be too bad. 5 months tax and 9 months MOT.......LOL wish my MOT stations had mute and blind testers!!!



Anyway I have it home now, £590 lighter and already another £300 down. I didnt realise Mk2 escort parts were so hard to come buy (unless competition parts).



So I still cant use it (how I got back is a combination of luck and mystery).



I will start to ask more questions and appreciate all the expertise already shared on this forum.



Progress will be reported as I move forward...it will be my daily driver I suspect...anyone else do that?



Steve :D

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One born every minute! My Rickman Ranger project!-gctid762

Post by Ex_Member » Sun Aug 14, 2011 5:45 am

Sure, we bought our Rickman off eBay too. First couple of weeks were an experience :- screw driver for an ignition key and an alternator that sucked the life out of batteries faster than a vampire. However we then did 8 months as a daily driver. Over the first winter we then did an extensive rebuild and 2 years later we are still Rickmanning.  

Looking forward to watching your project progress.

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One born every minute! My Rickman Ranger project!-gctid1090

Post by Ex_Member » Fri Aug 26, 2011 4:51 pm

Angie's Potting Shed was an ebay bargain and yes, we use it every week if not every day. A few wobbles to begin with but sorting them was definitely worth the work. Now with a 1.8 Ford diesel (the 1.3 crossflow was a bit too lacking grunt) and five speed box it has been our workhorse for nearly five years. Each time I take it for Mot I bless the heavy galvanised chassis and high quality GRP body.

Here it is under battle conditions this spring, with ten bags of cement just collected from the builders' merchant.

Stick with it, Steve. You'll find plenty of support here.

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One born every minute! My Rickman Ranger project!-gctid1363

Post by Ex_Member » Fri Sep 02, 2011 7:05 pm

So, I have been learning about the Ranger 1600 kent 4 speed.....



The rough running and flat spot were a combination of holed accelerator and power valve diaphragms, corroded auto choke and leaky exhaust.

Fitted electronic ignition module in the distributor in the process.



Next came brakes, new shoes and cylinders at the back (leaking) and new bushes in the brake 'tower' improved play in pedal. Still not good but master cylinder are like rocking horse poo.



Learnt all about the front struts, the hard way... 4 types:-

1. Disk brake 217mm separate arms

2. Disk brake 247mm and fixed arms (mk2)

3. Disk brake 247mm, separate arms (mexico/capri) - need new track rod ends to match mk2 rack to steering arms.

4. Drum brake.



Guess what ended up with an assortment via ebay. Still havnt got a good set of the capri/mexico type struts and struggling to find/justifying the £350 for new coil overs.



New TCA's and rubbers as well. Just got a 5 speed box so thats on the cards.



Bought headlining, carpet, sound deadening so a few jobs ongoing.



Pictures will follow of 'Alan'......I know not original, but its better than 'turd'!!! which is where it was heading.



Steve J

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One born every minute! My Rickman Ranger project!-gctid1589

Post by Ex_Member » Sat Sep 03, 2011 2:25 pm

Sounds like you've got a lot of work ahead of you. Keep us all posted. I'll certainly be following your progress with interest. I was very lucky with mine as by kit car standards it's absolutely mint. Just a few minor niggles to sort out and I should have it on the road very soon.

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One born every minute! My Rickman Ranger project!-gctid1780

Post by Ex_Member » Mon Sep 05, 2011 6:40 pm

Attached pictures of 'Alan'.........why do wives want to name cars?



Fitted a door stay as when I was loading up rubbish for the tip, it kept closing and was very irritating! I hope by the time I put a wood floor and rubber in the back it wont appear so proud. (May move to the top at some point) it works great, I need to adjust the door 'stop' so it opens to a full 90degees.

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One born every minute! My Rickman Ranger project!-gctid1942

Post by Ex_Member » Mon Sep 05, 2011 6:42 pm

Started cleaning wheels...look better polished.

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One born every minute! My Rickman Ranger project!-gctid2079

Post by Ex_Member » Mon Sep 05, 2011 7:27 pm

What colour is that?



Love the wheels, very retro.



Also like the door stay idea; will probably copy it as I know what you mean about it irritatingly closing itself.

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One born every minute! My Rickman Ranger project!-gctid2193

Post by Ex_Member » Mon Sep 05, 2011 7:49 pm

Its 'gel coat' blue. I think the wheels are 'supalites'.



This is what I used...ebay 220833179830 £3.49







Cheers

Steve

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One born every minute! My Rickman Ranger project!-gctid2289

Post by Ex_Member » Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:52 am

Thanks, just bought one.

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