1991 Ford Explorer Sport - Readers' Rides
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TransplantWho: Joe SimoesWhere: El Cajon, CaliforniaWhat: '91 Ford Explorer Sport
When Joe Simoes lived in New York, he drove lifted trucks out of necessity. However, when he transplanted himself to El Cajon, California, he was able to build his first lowered truck. His Explorer has been dropped 3 inches all around with I-beams and leaves onto a set of 18-inch KMC Venoms. Under the hood, a KKM intake with a K&N filter; a BBK throttle body; a Helix Power tower; and a JET chip, headers, and exhaust have been added to squeeze out some additional ponies. In the cab, a Pioneer MiniDisk head unit, a Power Acoustik cap, a Pioneer 480-watt amp, and a 12-inch JL sub have been added to squeeze the wax out of Joe's ears
Hard-CorpsHaulerWho: Jim and Bonnie SmithWhere: Orlando, FloridaWhat: '01 F-150 Harley Davidson Super Crew
Retired USMC 1st Sergeant Jim Smith of Orlando, Florida, fills his time by working on his newest pride and joy, a Special Edition Harley Hauler. So far, he's added a steel 2-inch cowl-induction hood, dropped the rear 2 inches, and added a slew of Harley Davidson brand accents and a bed carpet with USMC emblems. Inside the cab, a set of billet pedals, a carbon-fiber steering wheel, a Pioneer head unit, a JBL amp, and JBL speakers have all been upgraded. Since we don't know how to do the special Marine Corps grunt, we'll just give Jim a thumbs up instead.
Bouncing BackWho: Ren DominguezWhere: Sylmar, CaliforniaWhat: Ford F-150 XL
Ren Dominguez's V-6 F-150 has gone though a lot in its short lifespan. Ren started by adding 22-inch KMC Venom 2 wheels, a hard tonneau, and a DVD head unit to the truck, Unfortunately, some worthless punks decided to steal the tonneau, break the windows, and jack the DVD player. Once the anger subsided, Ren threw in a Pioneer CD player, 500- and 340-watt amps to power the 12-inch JBL sub, as well as the surrounding speakers so he could still enjoy cruising. Everything happens for a reason; hopefully, the stolen stereo will have a defect and set the thieves' vehicle on fire.
Second ChanceWho: Mike GrilloWhere: Warrensburg, MissouriWhat: '93/'94 Ford Ranger
Mike Grillo of Warrensburg, Missouri, used to have a blue '93 Ranger; that is, until he decided to put it into a highway median and total the front of the truck. The decision was made to pull the bed off of the '93 and bolt it on behind a '94 Ranger cab that was sitting around. The engine from the '93 was also brought over to the newer cab, and the truck was given a fresh coat of black paint. Mike then tinted the windows and threw on a set of 18-inch MKW wheels with Yokohama rubber. A tonneau cover, euro tails, clear corners, and Magna Flow exhaust were also added. Inside, a Sony Xplode head unit and MTX amps push two 10-inch MTX subs and four 6x9-inch Cerwin Vega speakers.
Hawaiian LifeWho: Bryon PonteWhere: Waimea, HawaiiWhat: '03 Ford Expedition
Waimea and the North Shore are generally known for big waves that slam riders from around the world. Bryon Ponte wanted to follow suit, so he grabbed a big Expedition and slammed it to the ground. The 10-switch Air Ride 'bag setup allows the big-ass SUV almost 7 inches of travel, which looks clean when it's laid out atop the 22-inch wheel and tire combo. The near future holds a full audio/video system, a supercharger, and a custom paintjob for the beast.
F-100 Mach 1Who: Rick Furmanick Where: Serling, MassachusettsWhat: '83 Ford F-100 Stepside
Rick Furmanick and his youngest son, Randy, of Serling, Massachusetts, love their Fords. Rick has an F-100 and Randy has a '73 Mach 1; the two vehicles share the pewter paint scheme. The original V-6 that powered Rick's F-100 was ripped out to make room for a built V-8 flathead, bored 1/8-inch over with a Merc 1CM 4-inch stroke crank; Jahns pistons; ported heads; Carter AFB carb; as well as headers and dual exhaust. A Merc pressure plate with a clutch release bearing assembly was mounted on the 8BA truck flywheel, and then the bellhousing was modified to hook up with a four-speed Borg Warner tranny.