Custom 1997 Ford Ranger - Toxic Beam Dream

Spark-Ragin' Ranger

Gary Blount
Aug 1, 2005
Photographers: John O'Neill
Photo 2/14   |   1997 Ford Ranger custom Wheel
Like most enthusiasts, Kenneth Foley started modifying his truck with a static drop. After that, Kenneth admitted that customizing was much like getting tattoos. With his new-found addiction, he proceeded to form this sweet Ranger. Kenneth says he's always wanted to own a custom truck and that maybe someday it would be cool enough to be featured in a magazine.
It all started when Kenneth bought a house in Jacksonville, Florida, that was a little less than new. Like a good husband, he promised his wife he'd work on the place to make it their own. After strapping plywood and 2x4s to the roof of their family car, Kenneth decided he would just have the material delivered. When he was told the materials would be delivered in a five-hour window, he decided it was time to by a work truck.
He purchased a '97 Ranger that would be perfect for hauling all the materials needed to fix up his new home, yet the bed of his Blue Oval never saw the any materials for the new house, only the needed parts for building this sick-ass Ranger. He also admits that shortcuts only come back to haunt you in the end, and we couldn't agree more. We wonder how Kenneth's new home is coming along. And more importantly, how's his home life?
The 411

Owner/Hometown: Kenneth Foley/Middleburg, Florida
Year/Make/Model: '97 Ford Ranger
Engine: 3.0L V-6
Wheels: high-polish Centerline Mojave rotary-forged 17x8-inch wheels
Tires: Kuhmo 235/45/17s
Suspension: 0.219-inch-wall DOM DJM Dream Beams, custom two-link, and notch out back, with RS 62 slam 'bags and Toxic shocks for a total 13 inches of drop
Air System: 9 gallons of storage and 3/8-inch air line; suspension installation by Sled Shed in Orange Park, Florida
Brightwork: Arlen Ness mirrors with die-cast construction and convex glass, billet grille, all-chrome bumper
Body mods: custom mirror mounts, shaved gate, blended bed, blended roll pan, shaved handles, shaved gas door, shaved cab seams and antenna
Color: Von Jay Gray, HOK Orion Silver, HOK Katch Me Copper
Painter: Jay Crews in Orange Park, Florida
Interior: bucket seats covered in gray leather with carbon-fiber embossed-vinyl inserts and black-gator accents; custom headliner, visors, and center console
Head Unit: Kenwood KDC-MP922
Mids And Highs: Blaupunkt 6-1/2-inch splits
Sub: Rockford Fosgate 8-inch sub
Amps: Audiobahn and Blaupunkt



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