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Custom 1997 Ford Ranger - Rockered Ranger

Tyler's Test of Time

Mike Alexander
Feb 1, 2008
Contributors: Josh Fleetwood
Photographers: Josh Fleetwood
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How often do first-time projects turn out the way people initially intend? Tyler Scallorn of Arlington, Texas, will be the first to tell you that if y0u don't stick with it, you will not end up with what you want. During the past five years, Tyler's Ranger has been 'bagged four times, had three sets of wheels, a few different interiors, and countless roll pans. All of this was to get his truck finally done precisely the way he had wanted it.
Throughout the entire build of this truck, Tyler learned something new each time he stepped into the garage. He began the long buildup by learning how to weld for the first time, when he first 'bagged his Ranger to make the frame lay hard on the asphalt. Then, once he got the hang of welding, next came the bodywork. He shaved everything that stood out and took away from the Ranger's overal appearance. With all this completed and the truck starting to take shape, Tyler took on the task of cutting out all of the unwanted frame that was keeping the body off the ground when he stock-floor body-dropped it for the first time and 'bagged it for the second time. When he was done, the rockers were laying flat on the ground, thus giving his truck the well-deserved name of Rockered Ranger.
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Now that Tyler had his Ranger sitting like he wanted, it was time to add a little color. So, he picked up a gun, determined to learn how to paint, and retreated into the garage, which is where he sprayed the Chrysler Electric Blue Pearl that covers the Ranger. When the paint on the outside had dried, he moved on toward the interior and painted some of the interior pieces to match. The rest was quickly covered in leather and tweed. After he was done with the inside, Tyler sent the seats out to Unique Auto Interior to get wrapped in ostrich and black leather.
Soon afterward, Tyler was cruising in his ride, when a piece of wood fell out of the back of a truck, smashed into his grille, and went bouncing down the passenger side of the freshly painted Ranger. And if that wasn't enough, before he could make it back home, he ripped out the sides of his roll pan catching it on a dip in the road. Talk about hard luck!
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With the truck torn back down, Tyler took his truck to Keith Sawyer at NFamus Air Suspension to start the process all over again. This time around, Tyler wanted his truck to be top-notch, so he expected nothing less from his suspension. And so, Keith started by making front 'bag mounts that would catch the straying eyes of any onlookers. Then, the back of the Ranger was where he really began showing off. Keith cut off what was left of the back of the frame that Tyler had drug off, then proceeded to build some really trick framerails and added bent tubing to tie it all together. Keith and Tyler cleaned up some of the abuse that Tyler had put the truck through by cleaning up some of the bodywork that had been destroyed.
Once everything was put back together, yet again, the best part of finishing his truck, Tyler said, was "finally getting to see it in the magazine that you're holding right now."

Rolling Attire
Wheels (Front): 18x8 TSW Mondello
Wheels (Rear): 19x8 TSW Mondello
Tires (Front): 215/35R18
Tires (Rear): 245/35R19
Chassis Modifications
Suspension type: Air
Suspension (Front): Tubular I-beam mounts
Suspension (Rear): Triangulated four-link
Airbag type and size: (Front): Slam Specialties RS 62 (Rear): Contitech 2600s
Control arms: DJM I-beams
Shocks: Monroe
Valves: 1/2-inch SMC
Air line: 1/2-inch DOT
Frame mods: Stock-floor under cab tubular back-half
Frame material: 2/3-inch box tube, 1-inch round tube and 1/4-inch plate
Performed by: Keith Sawyer from Nfamus Air Suspensions
City/state: Mansfield, TX
Body Mods:
Shaved: Emblems, antenna, door handles, gas door, cab seams, third brake light, stake pockets, taillights, and tailgate handle
Frenched: License plate in the tailgate
Body-dropped: 3-inch stock floor
Back end: Grant Kustoms roll pan
Taillights: Cadillac taillights
Exterior bolt-ons: Cowl hood, billet grille, projector headlights, and M3 mirrors
Performed by: Tyler Scallorn and Keith Sawyer
City/ State: Mansfield, TX
Brand and color: Sherwin Williams Chrysler Electric Blue Pearl
Performed by: Tyler Scallorn and Junior Gibbs
City/ state: Arlington, TX
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Interior Mods:
Seats: Stock seats, cut down and recovered
Material: Leather, silver carbon-fiber, and ostrich
Dash: Tweed
Door panels: Tweed and silver carbon-fiber with painted pieces
Center console: Custom center console, tribal flames covered in tweed
Headliner: Graphite tweed
Preformed by: Tyler Scallorn and Unique Auto Interiors
City/ state: Arlington, TX
Head unit: Alpine
Mids and highs: Pioneer
Intake: Custom-made polished intake tube
Header/exhaust: Turbo muffler
Battery: Optima RedTop
Location: Behind the seat
Detail work: Painted fenders and valve cover
Performed by: Tyler Scallorn
City/ state: Arlington, TX
Special Thanks From Owner:
Huge thanks to Keith Sawyer an NFamus Air Suspensions in Mansfield, Texas; Junior Gibbs for the help with the body and paint, the guys at,, my parents, and most importantly, to my fiance, Mary, for putting up with all of the late nights and supporting me all the way.


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