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Jun 1, 2016, 2:18 PM

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I have a 1999 Ford Ranger XLT Super Cab 4x4 with the 4.0 OHV motor 145k, salvage title. Bad accident, bent frame pretty good. Can this be fixed easily without a frame machine? Would it be worth it? It is a Michigan truck so the rust is getting to it also.. Any input is appreciated, names of parts and prices, etc. Otherwise Im considering parting it out. THANKS


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Jun 1, 2016, 2:35 PM

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Without a frame machine? What are you going to pull it with, your teeth?
The title states salvage for a reason. It's permanent damage and a future weakness. Most states won't allow you to register that.


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Jun 1, 2016, 2:43 PM

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Salvage vehicle already just hurt value to sell running maybe not even that much now at the age?

Having trouble despite good pics if REAL frame is bent meaning the box beam "horn" of it not just the taps on the front.

How handy are you with this stuff and can you get parts real cheap?

Nice pics but are door seams even and open and close right? Hate to see you waste money and time so it's always up to you on your abilities and cost of parts plus the time to do it otherwise part it out,


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Jun 1, 2016, 3:18 PM

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Thank you for the replies.. I was wondering if I could hook a chain to that front tap and yank it back into place with another vehicle since that's the only part that is bent. Would it work? both driver and passenger doors open and close fine and are even. THANKS

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Jun 1, 2016, 3:52 PM

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It's not my specialty and if this wasn't a basic clunker wouldn't be discussing it for fixing at all. I can't "SEE" anything FRAME bent just a lot of "SOFT" crap that might be ok to do.

I've pulled a real bent frame stronger than that one that DID NOT bent anything to do with alignment of the wheels at all just how it held the bumper with a chain and a utility pole. Told by local frame straighten shop owner to pull or yank the way it was hit and cross fingers it probably would stop where it should be and did!
You may want it checked on where bent if really so you don't really see it well it's measured by laser. The car I did was a wild creation of assorted parts 100% legal and safe and it just worked with nothing to lose it not so it's possible but I was lucky for sure.
Messed up here. The default answer is if in doubt and not going to spend the $$ for pro check and straighten as required then don't and part it out.
Thing look a bit rough as you said. IDK - make a neat yard vehicle if cheap to try and forget road use - 4X4 parts should make this worth some decent bucks to junk it and move on to another vehicle totally unwrecked.

Again - my now suggestion is don't unless you spend some bucks having it checked OR sell it whole a fixer or something as I can't tell from pics 1/4" frame issues that would rule it out,


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