The 1999 Project: Ford Ranger

So this morning I picked up a 1999 Ford Ranger, technically an antique (but I guess so am I).

Straight stick (as God intended) V-6, basic little single cab truck. It’s pretty much all original but I love to mod on the inside and a little outside.

I’m really wanting to flat black the whole thing, headlights to taillights, tint the windows, etc.

Right now I’m sitting in the Best Buy bay waiting for the stereo to be installed.

This is what I’m starting with:

Old school. With a cassette player.

Im having a Pioneer touchscreen with CD/DVD, Apple/Android CarPlay installed in place of the stock stereo. I don’t have any cassettes anymore and rarely use a CD or even the radio even. Nope I stream podcasts and music.

I love having my maps on a large screen. The latest iOS update gives me even more options with music and messages plus the phone screen remains in an independent mode where, if needed, it can be used without disturbing anything on the stereo screen.

I’m also having a backup camera installed (because I can).

I spent a good deal of time here today. More than I wanted but I’m not complaining. It’s an older truck and the wiring is coded a bit different than what the tech was used to.

We kind of worked together on it and in the end I got what I wanted so all’s we’ll that ends well.

Jay the Geek Squad Tech that worked on my truck (I have a truck again!) was fantastic. He did a beautiful job.

Jay working on the backup camera.

I certainly can’t complain. He didn’t cut any corners and did his very best to install what I wanted where I wanted.

So if you’re in Columbia, SC and you need a backup camera or a stereo installed go to Best Buy on Two Notch and ask for Jay.

Beginning to end.

Start to finish it was an experience and Jay let me see stuff I didn’t know was in the truck for future installs and such. So the time I spent today was well spent.

Time to drop a review and nice email to the manager. I have to tell them that I was impressed.

This is just the start of this project. I’ll be writing more about it soon.

(Special thanks to Mags for letting this happen. She’s too good to me.)

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