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'97 Ford Ranger w/ Western Unimount

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by Brandon, Feb 12, 2006.

  1. Brandon

    Brandon Member
    Messages: 99

    Here's my '97 Ranger w/ 6'6" Western Unimount S/U plow. It's a 3.0, 5-speed, with 57K on it. These pics are with 360lbs in the back and nothing done to the suspension. The truck sits low in the front, even without the plow on, but I was amazed when I measured it and it only sags 3/8" with the plow on. I just got this thing together a few weeks ago, so I haven't been able to plow any 'real' snow with it.

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  2. Brandon

    Brandon Member
    Messages: 99

    Here's a few more...

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  3. SnowMatt13

    SnowMatt13 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,559

    Good looking set-up. Driveways and small parking lots will be your best friend. Good truck for that.
  4. ynot_5_0

    ynot_5_0 Member
    Messages: 46

    Wow that truck is probably mad at you with that engine! I work for Ford and built Rangers...I know how much of a dog that engine is. Good luck anyway.
  5. lawnkid

    lawnkid Senior Member
    Messages: 234

    "I work for Ford and built Rangers..."

    If you work for Ford, why you drive a Dodge????:dizzy:
  6. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,202

    Looks Great!! If you don't mind my asking, what did you pay for it and where did you get it from? Also is your truck 2wd or 4wd? I'm planning to put a smaller plow on my dakota and this model plow might be just the ticket!!!
    Do you have any plowing accounts yet???
  7. Brandon

    Brandon Member
    Messages: 99

    Yes, I wanted a 4.0, but found this truck and couldn't pass it up. It's a 5-speed, so it has a little more umph than an auto.
  8. Brandon

    Brandon Member
    Messages: 99

    Of course it's 4wd. I have about $5800 in the truck, including the plow setup. The truck I got locally from a private owner and the plow I bought off ebay, but it was local too. I don't have any accounts yet....just doing my own stuff for right now, but I may take on some stuff for next year.
  9. ynot_5_0

    ynot_5_0 Member
    Messages: 46

    Yeah I know I really have to lie about what I do for a living.
    The reason I bought a Dodge is...
    A. I got it cheaper even with my A plan from Ford. Just a better rate at the time.
    B. I like the Dodge better. For what I have in it compared to an F150 with the same goodies...sticker price would'a been like close to 40 grand less my discount.
    C. It is my daily driver...If I were buying just for plowing I would have gotten an F250.
  10. ynot_5_0

    ynot_5_0 Member
    Messages: 46

    It'll be good for what you want it for....Just don't try and get into traffic with it. I had a '93 3.0...they'll run forever.
    I also has an 04' FX4 Level II with the 4.0 with a 6'8'' Blizzard that I got rid of when I bought my Dodge. Worked great on driveways and small lots. Had to help a buddy out once and plow out the NJ DMV Inspection station....took me forever with that small plow, but it got it done great.
  11. rfed32

    rfed32 Senior Member
    Messages: 473

    i have an old 6'6'' western just like it...used it for the first time yesterday...i only used it for a little bit we got 17inches...what i did was hit my small lots once there is about 3-6 then go back and clean up at the end...i also did a few drives that were 17inches deep and one parkin lot for a buddy of mine got stuck twice b.c of all the snow but let me tell u...5mins of shovelin ur back plowing...good luck with it...ill post pics a little in the afternoon
  12. mreamer

    mreamer Member
    Messages: 86


    Hey Brandon-

    Looks great!

    I just have a question about the plow mount (truck-side). Is that a stock piece? Or did you have to modify it to fit the truck?

    I would like to hang a unimount (just like yours) on my '01 Reg. cab. And I figure I'll have to modify a mount to make it fit.
  13. Brandon

    Brandon Member
    Messages: 99

    Yes, the truck-side mount is stock. I bought if from a guy on here and he had it listed as an '88-'96 mount, but mine is a '97 and it worked. It is Western part #61950. I had to drill a hole in the frame on either side, but no biggie. As far as the newer Rangers....I don't know...I'd have to look at one to see if it's the same. I was also told by the local Western dealer that they didn't make a wiring harness for my truck. Luckily I knew a guy there and he found me the right stuff. If you need any further assistance....let me know.
  14. Brandon

    Brandon Member
    Messages: 99

    Yeah, I'd like to see some pics.
  15. willofalltrades

    willofalltrades Member
    Messages: 97

    Hey, I saw you post this link in another thread. Im looking at a 1997 Ranger exactly like yours with the 4.0. Its an automatic, 4x4, rg. cab, short bed, with 84,000 miles. I can get it for $4000 plus tax... my question is how do you like plowing with the Ranger? how did you handle the bigger storms?
  16. VBigFord20

    VBigFord20 Senior Member
    Messages: 686

    I have a 97 ranger 3.0 in that same color. The 3.0 will run forever with very little done to it. Yes there gutless, but a set of gears helps a lot.

    Good luck with that truck. I could use another small plow truck like that for some of my apartment lots.
  17. Brandon

    Brandon Member
    Messages: 99

    The Ranger plowed very well....don't go try plowing major snow with it, but for what we get around here it worked great. You definitely have to plow with the storm. The 4.0 will be a big plus in order to get into traffic with a plow and ballast weight. The 3.0 pushed fine....it was just pretty gutless on the road when weighted down. The truck handled the plow very well though without anything done up front....only sagged about 3/8".

    Unfortunately this truck got totalled back in January. Working on setting up a new one!

    Any more questions....just ask...

  18. willofalltrades

    willofalltrades Member
    Messages: 97

    Yea actually, Im a little concered with the front end... I'm not a huge fan of the TTB... did you see a lot of front-end parts go bad? Should I invest in some coolers for the tranny and engine?
  19. Pearcelawn

    Pearcelawn Senior Member
    Messages: 368

    I have a Ranger and have had a Sno Way on it for two years. This year I have 61 drives and two small lots. I have had zero front end parts go bad and I do not have extra tranny or engine coolers. If you use it right and don't try any 18" pushes with it you will be fine.
  20. M&P

    M&P Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    hey sweet truck i love the plow, i cant believe the low mileage on that thing. how much was the plow alone? i have a 99 4x4 but i have torsion bars in the front end. i also have he 3.0 with a 5spd. its all in how ou drive it, keep the rpms high and its got power. shift at 2500 and its a dog.