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2000 Ford Ranger - Down Range

Sometimes Dreams Require A Detour

Galen Armenta
Aug 1, 2008
Photographers: Dan Davis
Owner: Ryan "Rizzo" McFadden
Ride: '00 Ford Ranger
Hometown: Taylor, MI
Club: Vertically Challenged
We are all presented with challenging situations in life, and the outcomes always depend on how we handle the problems as they arise. We can either roll over and let those problems get the best of us, or we can take action and rise up to turn it into a more positive result. Ryan McFadden from Taylor, Michigan, found that some obstacles actually hold a few surprise benefits.
This '00 Ford Ranger happens to be Ryan's first mintruck that he started working on as soon as he got it. His first efforts with the static-drop and a few bolt-ons got the truck looking decent. He thought it was enough to take home a trophy or two at some local shows. However, it was not in the cards, and Ryan found himself going home empty-handed. This caused him to take yet another look at the way his truck had been completed to that point. His Ranger was taken off the road, and Ryan was more determined than ever to turn disappointment into success.
Over the years, Ryan has taken the buildup of his truck one step at a time. In doing so, he's taken his ride to a whole new level of modified. This time around, he gave the truck a completely new persona by an airbag suspension and a stock-floor body-drop that laid the truck out harder than a Ronnie Lott open-field tackle, courtesy of PMA Motorsports. The body of his Ranger received the same type of treatment with the shaving of the emblems, cowl vent, door handles, gas door, and tailgate. He also molded in a roll pan, frenched in the license plate box and '89 Caddy taillights. After several hours of sanding, the Ranger was ready for a few coats of color; an eye-blinding yellow from House of Kolor. From there, tape was laid down to form a cool set of flames that was filled in with candy blue. After Ryan swapped out the factory seats with a set of racing buckets from Summit, installed a Pioneer-based stereo system, and finished up the last touches here and there, it was time to reap the rewards from all his efforts.
Proud of its new look, Ryan decided it was time to see how his truck would make out on the show scene. He took the truck to a show at Ford's world headquarters in Michigan, where a Ford representative asked him why he did this to a suspension that Ford spent millions of dollars to design. Ryan's response was, "Well, if you designed something cool, I wouldn't have had to modify it." Without knowing what to say, the representative just kind of walked off, which left a smile on Ryan's face.
Since then, Ryan has been to several shows, collected a bunch of trophies, and now has a feature for his efforts. Not too long ago, Ryan met a member of Ford's design team and was told that certain features and aspects of his truck were used in the design of one of Ford's concept vehicles. Not only has he achieved the new look he was hoping for, but the truck is also featured in his favorite magazine.
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The Low Down
Rolling Attire
Wheels (Front/Rear):
20x8.5-inch Eagle Alloy 025s, +14mm offset
Tires (Front/Rear): 255/35ZR20 Kumho ECSTA 712
Chassis Modifications
Suspension type:
Suspension (Front/Rear): Modified Mustang II front clip, Airlift Easy Street air over shock, and triangulated four-link
Airbag type and size: (Front) Bellow style air shock (Rear) Airlift sleeves
Control arms: Custom-made by PMA Motorsports
Spindles/springs: Spindles Mustang II
Shocks: (Front) Air Lift shocks (Rear) Rancho shocks
Valves: Eight 3/8-inch SMC air valves
Compressors: Two Viair 480c
Airline: 1/2 inch
Air accessories: 8-gallon tank
Frame mods: Stock-floor body-dropped over a custom frame by PMA Motorsports
Gas tank: RCI 15-gallon fuel cell
Misc.: Mustang II front disc brakes and '00 Ford Explorer rear disc brakes, rear axle is from an '00 Ford Explorer, and narrowed 5 inches
Performed by: PMA Motorsports
City/state: Lapeer, MI
Body Modifications
Door handles, fenders, third brake light, tailgate handle, gas door, stake pockets, and antenna
Body-drop: Stock-floor
Exterior bolt-ons: Street Scene mirrors, billet grille, clear corner lights, and '03 front-end swap
Misc.: Rear inner fenders were sectioned and tubbed, firewall was tubbed, '91 Cadillac tails frenched into the bed, and molded in roll pan
Performed by: Owner Ryan McFadden and friends
City/state: Taylor, MI
Brand and colors:
House of Kolor Chrome Yellow, Marbleized Oriental Candy, and Lime Green
Style: Yellow base with candy blue flames
Performed by: Owner Ryan McFadden and X-treme Customs
City/state: Taylor, MI

Summit Racing buckets
Material: Carbon fiber and yellow vinyl
Dash: Stock with color-matched trim pieces
Door panels: Stock with color-matched trim pieces
Flooring: Stock
Headliner: Stock
Misc.: '00 Ford Explorer center console, U.S. Speedo stainless steel gauge face, one-off steering wheel adapter by Billet and Acrylic, and a Colorado Customs steering wheel
Performed by: Owner Ryan McFadden
City/state: Taylor, MI
Head unit:
Ford Ranger Tremor Edition Pioneer CD player
Mids and highs: Pioneer three-ways
Amplifier for mids and highs: Pioneer four-channel
Subwoofers: Four 12-inch Kicker Comp subs
Amplifier for subwoofers: Crunch P1500.1 amplifier
Wiring/accessories: Kicker
Custom fabrication: Custom-made sub enclosure behind the front seats
Performed by: Owner Ryan McFadden
City/state: Taylor, MI
182 ci
Model/year: '00 Vulcan V-6
Number of cylinders: Six
Transmission: Five-speed 5R55E automatic
Header/exhaust: JBA dual headers, two 3-chamber Flowmaster mufflers
Ignition: JBA plug wires
Driveshaft: Polished stock driveline
Rearend type: '00 Ford Explorer narrowed 5 inches with 3.73 posi gears
Battery: Optima YellowTop
Detail work: Chrome alternator
Performed by: Owner Ryan McFadden, PMA Motorsports
City/state: Taylor, MI
Special Thanks By Owner:
My wife, Crystal, my family, my club Vertically Challenged, PMA Motorsports, Tuff Stuff, Billet and Acrylic Fantasies, JBA Headers,, Dan Davis ... Oh, and I want to thank my Dad.


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