1991 Ford Ranger - Work In Progress

Brandon Burrell
Oct 1, 2009
Photographers: Brandon Burrell
Photo 2/10   |   1991 Ford Ranger left Side View
When you set out to build a minitruck, or any show vehicle for that matter, setting a completion date is like playing the lottery- you hope you hit the numbers, but there is a better chance that you probably won't.
When Jeff Williams from Louisville, Kentucky, started to build this 1991 Ford Ranger, he had full intentions of having it completed in a timely fashion. However, when we asked Jeff during the photo shoot "How long have you been working on it?" he quickly replied "four years." This led to our next question, "How long has it been done?" and Jeff simply replied "next week." We were confused at this point, so he pointed out that there were little odds and ends that he still wanted to tweak. But that comes with the territory of owning a custom minitruck. So, let's get back to the Ranger.
Photo 3/10   |   1991 Ford Ranger rear Right View
The paint on Jeff's truck is the first thing that catches your eye. The bright blue loaded with a ton of pearl and the true silver leaf stripe down the side, really makes the truck jump out at you in the sun. We were told that the custom mixed paint color has been dubbed "Hello Kitty Blue". We're not sure if that is due to Jeff's secret hobby of fine collectables, or if it was to keep anyone else from using the same wild color. The smooth bed and interior draw you even deeper into the truck to check out all the clean lines and smoothed out body. The mods are so subtle that it's actually quite hard to notice all of the little details that make this truck stand out from the other square-body Rangers on the show fields. The addition of the 90-degree suicide doors, the Cadillac taillights, and the custom exhaust outlet in the middle of the roll pan add to the overall custom look of this truck. The painted smooth metal dash with the bevy of white faced Dolphin gauges bring some of the custom blue color into the interior. The seats received a coating of black and gray leather and the floor was covered with some new black carpet. All of this, on top of the super low bodydrop, really makes this truck a one-of-a-kind showpiece.
Now that Jeff's truck is done and he has had a chance to sit back and it over, there are a few things he wishes he would have done during the build. Starting from the frame up and doing a stock-floor bodydrop instead of a traditional would have made his custom truck build journey a better one, but it also might have added to the timeline. But don't fret, from what we hear, now that this truck is done and gracing the pages of Mini Truckin', Jeff is already starting on his next project, a Ford Bronco II. With a Ranger like this under his belt, we can't wait to get our camera pointing towards his new truck upon completion.
Photo 7/10   |   1991 Ford Ranger front Right View
The Lowdown
Rolling Attire
Wheels: 17x7 Boyd Coddington Magnetos
Backspace: 5 inches
Tires: 205/40R17 Falken
Chassis Modifications
Suspension Type: Air
Front Suspension: I-Beams with Slam Specialties RE-5s
Rear Suspension: Four-link with Firestone 2,600s
Valves: SMC 1/2-inch
Compressors: Two Viair 450s
Air Line: Steel-braided hydraulic lines
Air Accessories: Two three-gallon tanks
Frame Mods: Rear bridge, triangulated four-link, and swivel bag mounts
Gas Tank: Handmade 16-gallon fuel cell
Performed By: Boo Lyons in Frankfort, KY
Photo 8/10   |   1991 Ford Ranger front Left View
Body Modifications
Shaved: Antenna, headlights, turn signals, marker lights, cowl, emblems, mirrors, door handles, cab light, bed stake holes, taillights, tailgate, roll pan and gas door
Frenched: Cadillac taillights
Body-dropped: Four inches
Front End: One-piece molded, 1987 Chevy C-10 phantom billet grille modified to fit
Suicide Doors: 90-degree swing
Exterior Bolt-ons: Aftermarket front bumper with billet inserts and custom cowl hood
Performed By: Ernie Barrett in Shepherdsville, KY
Photo 9/10   |   1991 Ford Ranger custom Truck Bed
Paint
Brand and Colors: PPG Hello Kitty Blue with one-off pearl mix
Pinstriping: Silver leaf with pinstripe
Performed By: Jonathan "Big Doe" Fowler in Louisville, KY
Interior
Seats: 1978 Toyota Celica bucket seats
Material: Black and gray leather
Dash: Hand-built sheetmetal painted to match
Door Panels: Black and gray leather
Center Console: Hand-built sheetmetal painted to match
Flooring: Black carpet
Headliner: Gray and black
Gauges: Dolphin
Performed By: Webbs Upholstery and Ernie Barrett in Louisville, KY
Stereo
Head Unit: Kenwood CD player
Mids & Highs: 6.5-inch Memphis Audio
Photo 10/10   |   1991 Ford Ranger rear View
Engine/Performance
Displacement: 3.0 L
Model/Year: 1991 Vulcan V-6
Transmission: Five-speed manual
Misc.: 200-amp alternator
Special Thanks from owner
"My wife Tiffany for putting up with me and the boys. Ernie Barrett for great fab work, Big Doe for laying down the sick paint job, Jamie Barrett, Shawn Prentice and Jason McGlenon for all their hard work and support and all nighters to get it finished. With out them, this build would have never been possible."

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