Due to the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation, our website is currently unavailable to visitors from most European countries. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to visit www.motortrend.com for the latest on new cars, car reviews and news, concept cars and auto show coverage, awards and much more.MOTORTREND.COM

1996 Ford Ranger - Rest In (one) Piece

Creation Turns To Vision

Justin Wynn
Feb 10, 2014
Photographers: Jason “Pugz” Walker
This truck has no name, no identity. What was once a vision by its previous owner has now turned into nothing more than a pristine example of an unfinished dream. In fact, this truck doesn’t even exist anymore and it may be the last time most people will ever see it this way. So in reality, this article is more of an obituary, a homage to the creation of Mike Kendall, its original builder, and a preview of what’s to come after Joshua Robinson, the new owner, has his way with it.
Both Mike and Joshua are Aftermath members, and they live by a standard of quality over quantity, and Mike knew what was to be expected when he started building this Ranger. Starting out with the basics, he built a full frame to fit 20s and a small-block under the hood, and bodydropped 6 inches to the doors. To add a further degree of difficulty, Mike also created a bed floor that is 21 inches deep. While he was at it, why not add a factory GT40 dash and gauges to the interior. The “basics”, right?
Photo 2/6   |   1996 Ford Ranger Suicide Door
"So in reality, this article is more of an obituary…"
And then life happened. For many people, the selling of their pride and joy is often accompanied by the knowledge that there’s a good chance it will be destroyed or ruined. Fortunately enough for Mike, Joshua decided that this truck was just too good to let someone outside of the club have it. At the age of 21, Joshua’s ability to churn out awesome rides has already been proven with several projects already under his belt, including a certain Chevy fullsize ’bodied on 28s nicknamed “Insinerate.” Now with Joshua taking the reins, you can be sure that what lies in store for this Ranger will be nothing short of jaw dropping.
We could go on and on about what this truck is, was, and will be once all is said and done. I could tell you more about the plans for the motor and paint, but we’ll save that for later. For now, let’s all pay our respects to Mike Kendall’s creation, and what it inspired. Nameless, yet never forgotten.
Photo 3/6   |   1996 Ford Ranger With Ford 302 V8
The Lowdown
1996 Ford Ranger
Joshua Robinson • La Marque, TX • Aftermath
Rolling Attire
Wheels: 20-inch Helo Ghost
Tires: 225/30/20 Nitto Neo Gen
Chassis Modifications
Suspension (front): Modeled after a Toyota front clip, whole front suspension has been chromed
Suspension (rear): Custom four-link with Watts link
Control Arms: Chromoly arms with ¾-inch Trunnion ends
Air/Hydro Accessories: CCE turbine kit two pumps, four dumps
Frame Mods: Full frame
Brakes: 13-inch Wilwood disc brakes
Misc.: Sucked in the front so it’s able to turn lock to lock when riding low
Performed By: Mike Kendall, Jonah Martinez, and Jr. Ewing from Area 53 All Metal Fab
Body Modifications
Shaved: Door handles, body line, tailgate handle, gas door, taillights, wiper cowl, third brake light, and stake pockets
Bodydrop: 6 inches to the doors
Body Mods: ’38 Ford taillights frenched in, ’05 Corvette door handle in tailgate, shaved firewall, full sheetmetal bed
Suicide Doors: Suicide 180-degree drivers door, suicide 90-degree barn door tailgate
Misc.: Gas filler flush mounted on the roof
Performed By: Mike Kendall & Jonah Martinez at Area 53 All Metal Fab
Brand & Colors: Flat black
Misc.: Blue tribal graphics pinstriped in lime green
Performed By: Mike Kendall
Seats: Ford tractor seats
Dash: Factory Ford GT40 dash narrowed and molded to fit
Gauges: Factory GT40
Misc.: Fiberglass headliner, gas tank mounted inside behind seat, stainless column, custom steering wheel
Performed By: Mike Kendall
Mids & Highs: Alpine Type R
Amplifiers: Two Alpine digital amps
Performed By: Mike Kendall
Engine: Small-block Ford 302
Camshaft: Comp Cam
Intake: Edelbrock
Header/Exhaust: Custom stainless Borla exhaust, JBA shorty headers
Transmission: C4 auto
Rearend Type: Narrowed Ford 8.8 with disk brakes
Detail Work: Custom aluminum driveshaft, shaved all castings and slicked out block for paint
Performed By: Mike Kendall, Jr Ewing, Owner, Shawn Robinson
Special Thanks From Owner
“I’d like to thank Mike for selling the truck to me, my dad for all the hard work and help he’s put into it as well as keeping me motivated, all my fellow Aftermath brothers, Anthony Carri, Clint Diesburg, Derek “Ranger” Freeman, Megz for helping slick out the frame, Teddy Romero of FS Fabworks, my family, and anyone else that has put a helping hand into getting the truck to where it is now.”



Subscribe Today and Save up to 83%!

Subscribe Truck Trend Magazine

Subscribe to:

Truck Trend

Subscribe Diesel Power Magazine

Subscribe to:

Diesel Power

Subscribe Truckin Magazine

Subscribe to: