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1991 Ford Ranger- Zero Dangs

The Elusive Recluse Rides Again

Phil Gordon
Aug 22, 2018
Photographers: Phil Gordon
The most influential time of a man’s life is when he leaves high school: Armed with the knowledge of the last 12 years of education, he sets out into the world to become what he wants. Chris Lindsay has been infatuated with square-body Rangers since before he had his license. One of the most memorable square bodies for him was a ’91 Ranger named the Recluse. While the rest of Chris’ life came together, the Recluse remained out of reach.
Photo 2/12   |   1991 Ford Ranger Zero Dangs Rear
“The Recluse was what dreams are made of,” Chris says. “I have strived to obtain something of that caliber for 15 years.” Chris found that body style quite elusive, so he settled on purchasing similar-style mini-trucks throughout the years. The Recluse had gone through six different owners in that span of time, and Chris noticed it on a social media page and requested friendship with the new owner. Once they started talking, Chris offered anything he could to acquire the truck, but the current owner wasn’t biting. Chris then found a Nissan Xterra that once graced the cover of Mini-Truckin’ and asked the Ranger owner if he would make the trade, and they finally agreed.
Photo 3/12   |   1991 Ford Ranger Zero Dangs Engine
The Xterra was a higher value to most people—but not Chris. The Ranger owner added cash on top to make it even, but in Chris’ eyes, he was the one getting the deal. He finally had the truck he’d been in love with since high school. Unfortunately, when he received the truck via transport, it showed the wear and tear of the past 15 years and six owners. Chris’ goal was to bring it back to its glory, but with a twist.
The first week Chris had it, he brought it to Adam Lovette of Lovettes AutoWorks in Lumberton, North Carolina, where Adam dug out tons of unnecessary body filler and fixed all the rust holes. From there, Adam designed and laid out a completely new paint scheme using PPG Prowler Orange paint and other orange mixes. Michael Hall came in and handled the pinstriping work. Once the Ranger’s bodywork and paint were completed, Chris got started on the motor. Ward Browne at 3B Kustomz polished everything, and the engine compartment was brought back to life.
Photo 4/12   |   1991 Ford Ranger Zero Dangs Wheel
Many maintenance issues needed to be addressed, and Chris and his core group of people did so with perfection. All the gaskets, fluids, hoses, bushings, and joints were replaced. The original air-ride system was swapped out with an updated and more stable Accuair air management system. The next stop was Maryville, Tennessee, where friend David Corn removed the entire cabin of the Ranger that was formerly in black suede and diamond-stitch and designed an updated and softer brown leather interior.
Photo 5/12   |   1991 Ford Ranger Zero Dangs Interior
Chris kept his childhood dream of owning a square-body Ford Ranger alive by purchasing the exact truck that started his love for the model. As a father of two beautiful children, Abram and Lainey, Chris has to modify his language to be more G-rated, so the general statement the truck culture typically uses to describe why they changed things others think they shouldn’t have was changed to Zero Dangs. The name stuck!

Inside the Build

Year/Make/Model: ’91 Ford Ranger
Owner and City/State: Chris “Slinky” Lindsay; Sandston, Virginia
Club Affiliation: Aftermath
Front Suspension: Firestone 2,600-pound airbags, Toyota front clip, color-matched tubular uppers and spindles, color-matched steering components
Rear Suspension: Firestone 2,600-pound airbags, tubular backhalf, chrome Pete & Jakes Hot Rod Parts four-link, Accuair E-Level, two Viair 480s compressors, 5-gallon aluminum tank all done by owner, Mike Williams, and Josh Long
Engine: Color-matched 4.0, race truck exhaust, polished aluminum, electric fan, intake tube done by owner, Mike Bolton, and Ward Browne of 3B Kustomz
Transmission: Color-matched five-speed
Rearend: Color-matched driveshaft, chrome brake drums, chrome differential cover
Body/Paint: 7¾-inch old-school body drop; custom rocker panels; custom-built floor; suicide doors; frenched antenna; entire bottom side of truck color-matched; bedliner; shaved front bumper, emblems, mirrors, door handles, third brake light, stake pockets, and taillights; full skin with LED taillights; cowl hood; Lexan rear window with license plate; color-matched bed floor; shaved firewall; billet grille; electric sunroof; PPG Prowler Orange Metallic, PPG Hot Lava, and Tangelo Pearl Orange painted by Adam Lovette of Lovettes AutoWorks with Michael Hall and Josh Long
Interior: All-brown leather with brown stitching, custom-cut and molded seats, flowing center console with sliding lid, OG ’90s billet shifter, Clayton Machine Works door handles and window cranks, wrapped and shaved dash, billet dash accessories, Daily Grind and chrome foot pedals, loop carpet, Bonspeed Tsunami steering wheel with billet hub adapter done by David Corn
Stereo: Pioneer head unit, Pioneer components
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 17x7; Bonspeed Tsunami
Tires: 205/40R17; Firestone Firehawks
Special Thanks From Owner: My fiancée Ashley; my children, Abram and Lainey; my mom and dad; Mike Williams; Michael Bolton (not that one); Ward Browne of 3B Kustomz; Adam Lovette of Lovettes AutoWorks; Ryan Berringer and everyone who helped put even a finger on this build to assist me; the guys and girls of Twisted Concepts; my Aftermath bromigos; and, of course, Phil Gordon and Truckin for recognizing my creation.



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