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Ford Ranger

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Meet the pickup you might want, but can't have. It's the new Ford Ranger, and it's going to be sold in 180 countries -- more countries than any other vehicle to wear the Blue Oval. But tragically, it's not coming to North America, even though it's been built "Detroit Tough."
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Four years ago, a trio of Ford heavy-hitters was sent from Michigan to Australia, the designated homeroom for this new-generation global vehicle, even though it is built in Argentina, Thailand, and South Africa. Before being redeployed Down Under, designer Craig Metros had just finished work on the latest F-Series, vehicle line director Gary Boes had overseen the development of the Mustang and Flex, and engineering director Jim Baumbick had been responsible for more than 20 new nameplates for Ford in North America. In the end, though, the Ranger utilized expertise from all points of the globe. It was tested in the Australian outback, in the jungles of Thailand, and on the ice roads of Sweden, and it spent a lot of time in North America doing altitude, durability, and tow testing.
The compact pickup market may have fallen off locally (more than a decade ago, it represented 8 percent of North American auto sales, but last year accounted for just 2 percent; annual Ranger sales dropped from 350,000 to 55,000 over the same period), but it's booming elsewhere. In Australia, where such vehicles are used as workhorses during the week and as family transportation on weekends, compact pickups are the second-biggest market segment behind small cars. The Ranger will likely become Ford's top seller in Australia in 2012.
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In developing parts of Asia, South America, and South Africa, compact pickups represent up to half of all new vehicles sold. And the market is still growing. It's the reason German giant Volkswagen expedited development of the Amarok as part of its goal to be the global auto sales leader by 2018.
So compact pickups are now big business. And they've come a long way from their crude and humble beginnings. Because these vehicles were primarily designed for developing countries, they were typically built to a low cost and had only the bare essentials. Some even lacked driver airbags and anti-lock brakes. Their model cycles typically stretched more than a decade, and their crash-test performances lagged well behind the standards set for passenger cars. But as the market changed and vehicle use became more mainstream, makers began developing them to modern safety standards -- and made them a lot better to drive.
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In the case of the Ranger, Ford started with a clean-sheet design, putting everything it learned from more than three decades of F-truck dominance into what would become the F-Series' kid brother. Ford's team of experts traveled the globe and examined the primary compact pickup competitors, namely the Toyota Hilux (a rebodied version of the Tacoma), Nissan Navara, and Mitsubishi Triton -- three popular workhorses in sold in Asia, Europe, and South Africa -- and had them on hand during the Ranger's design and development.
The team learned that the Hilux had the roomiest cabin and the best over-shoulder visibility because of its large window area, but the Navara had a wider rear-door opening, and the Triton's rear seat had the most carlike back angle. These are just some of the aspects Ford used for inspiration when defining key elements of the Ranger.
The Volkswagen Amarok went on sale after Ford locked in the Ranger's final design, but Ford says it's happy with how the pickup (offered as regular, extended, and crew cab) compares. In the end, Ford's global resources effectively created a scaled-down F-truck that can handle trying conditions anywhere on the planet.
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Ford says the Ranger is within 10 percent of an F-150's dimensions and capabilities, likely another reason Ford is reluctant to bring the Ranger here. It wants to protect its homegrown hero, given that the F-Series' sales rate is roughly 50 percent of what it was half a decade ago.
The other issue is price. The Ranger will be sold at a premium in most overseas markets, not as a bargain basement model as it had been in North America. Although the new range starts from $AUD20,000 (about $19,300) for a 2WD cab-chassis, the XLT crew cab pictured here starts at $AUD53,390 (about $51,600). That's not a misprint.
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Keep in mind, though, that vehicles are typically more expensive in Australia than in the United States. A Wrangler Rubicon, for example, starts at just over $30,000 in the U.S. In Australia, that same vehicle starts at more than $47,000 American dollars. If the Ranger were ever to be sold in the U.S., market forces would bring the price down. However, even that wouldn't overcome the value of the more capable F-150.
Compared with a four-door F-150 with a regular 5.5-foot box, the four-door Ranger (expected to be the most popular body type) is smaller in every dimension, but still generously proportioned for a compact pickup. According to the tape measure, overall length (231.9 versus 210.6 inches), wheelbase (144.5 versus 126.8), track (67 versus 61), and height (76.2 versus 71.7) all fall in the F-truck's favor. The Ranger's box size is slightly smaller in bed length (67.0 versus 61.4 inches), and in the distance between wheelhouses (50.0 versus 44.8).
Crucially, the relatively narrow distance between wheelhouses means the Ranger tray falls just short of fitting a forklift pallet -- something Volkswagen (and others) have made sure their compact pickups could handle. (The Volkswagen Amarok can handle two pallets, with the second resting on the open tailgate -- the VW's tailgate alone can handle a 550-pound load compared with the Ranger's 500-pound maximum.)
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Ford says a wider box is unlikely in this generation Ranger's lifetime as the wheelhouse placement is dictated by the vehicle's architecture. In terms of workhorse capability, however, that is really the only blot on an otherwise impressive report card.
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Payload capacity is at or near top of the class for a compact pickup, although it is still shy of the F-150's. The Ranger's towing capacity is class-leading (a maximum of 7385 pounds for the pickup, compared with the F-150's maximum rating of 11,300). As impressive as it is, Ford reckons there's still some scope to increase the Ranger's towing capacity on future models.
This is in part due to the all-new 3.2-liter inline five-cylinder turbodiesel (no V-8s or V-6s). With 197 horsepower and 347 lb-ft of torque, backed by either a six-speed manual or six-speed auto, the Ranger makes light work of a heavy load. Smaller engines -- a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine also found in the Escape and Fusion and a 2.2-liter turbodiesel in the European Transit van -- will come on line at the end of 2011, but were not available to sample at launch.
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Although the vehicles were unladen during most of the test drive on and off the beaten track, we did a road loop in a 3.2-powered Ranger with a 1650-pound load in the bed. Understandably, you could feel the weight of the cargo as it blunted acceleration. But the overall dynamics of the vehicle remained intact. Indeed, that is probably an area where the Ranger excels most: its on-road manners.
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Compact pickups have been quite crude. On a recent launch for the face-lifted Toyota Hilux, for example, the company put a 450-pound load in the back of every vehicle to make them drive better and bounce less -- but the Ranger is a game-changer. It would be too generous to say it is carlike to drive, but it's certainly less truck-like than before.
Well-sorted stability control ensures the Ranger stays shiny side up, no matter the surface. Perhaps the most impressive aspect was how well the stability control worked on loose gravel roads, typical terrain in many countries where these vehicles will be driven.
In the middle of the Australian outback, while driving on a gravel road covered in a thin layer of dirt as fine as sawdust, I repeatedly tried to trigger the crew cab 4WD XLT Ranger into a skid by swerving abruptly. But the system worked so quickly and so efficiently that it gathered things up, time after time, without raising a sweat, and long before we were in any danger. It's a credit to the team who did the calibration. The speed and effectiveness of the stability control is as good as any road car I've driven. Interestingly, the stability control works well despite having disc brakes up front (the biggest in the compact pickup class, says Ford) and drum brakes on the rear (typical in this class around the world, including on the VW Amarok and Toyota Hilux).
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Ford has also adapted hill descent control, which inches the vehicle carefully down steep slopes without the driver having to touch the brake pedal. The rate of descent is adjustable using the cruise control switch on the steering wheel.
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If things really go wrong, six airbags are ready to deploy. It may seem odd to point out the inclusion of front, side, and curtain airbags, but until a few years ago side-protection airbags were absent from compact pickups, because they were designed for developing countries that lacked safety mandates.
Fittingly, the interior is more car-like than before. All models come with iPod integration, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and steering wheel-mounted controls, and a rearview camera is available. Mounted neatly behind the Ford badge on the tailgate, it tilts out to reveal a tiny lens when reverse is engaged. The switchgear and steering wheel are borrowed from the Fiesta and Focus. The seat fabrics, however, have been battle tested for workhorse duties. Sharp, modern design -- and liberal use of chrome on the XLT -- means the Ranger won't look out of place in a driveway in an upmarket neighborhood or a flashy hotel.
Indeed, the new-generation Ranger shows just how capable Ford is when it pools its global resources. It's a shame that North America won't get to share in the spoils.

The Ford Ranger for North America campaign starts here!
If you see a new Ranger on American roads, it might be driven by one of Ford's top engineers, Jim Baumbick. He likes Ford's new-generation compact truck so much he wants to bring one home with him as a private import.
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Baumbick joined Ford just four days out of Michigan State University and has worked for the company during the past 19 years. As engineering director for Asia-Pacific and Africa, he oversaw the Ranger project -- known as T6 internally -- from start to finish. The 40-year-old and his young family spent a little over three years in Australia, but after his work with Ranger was done he was promoted to director of global product development in Dearborn.
Baumbick says the Ranger has been built to comply with the toughest safety and government standards -- including those in North America. There is no reason it couldn't be sold in North America, other than Ford's unwillingness to do so.
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Although Ford has made impressive improvements to the fuel economy of the F-150, the Ranger gives Ford an ace up its sleeve if fuel prices go through the roof. The Ranger's average Australian combined cycle fuel consumption is rated between 26 and 28 mpg (depending on transmission) in 3.2-liter turbodiesel guise.
Baumbick wouldn't comment on the likelihood of the Ranger making it to the USA. This is the most we could get out of him: "We're always thinking globally on every product we're working on. But fundamentally in North America we've invested a lot of time and engineering into broadening the F-150's stretch. We're confident in Ranger's global competitiveness, but we feel equally confident in F-Series competitiveness."
2012 Global-Market Ford Ranger
POWERTRAIN
Drivetrain layout Front engine, RWD/4WD
Engine type I-4, alum block/head
Bore x stroke 3.50 x 3.94 in
Displacement 152 ci/2.5L
Compression ratio 9.7:1
Valve gear DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
SAE horsepower 164 hp @ 6000 rpm
SAE torque 167 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
Optional engine I-4 turbodiesel, iron block/head
Bore x stroke 3.39 x 3.72 in
Displacement 134 ci/2.2L
Compression ratio 15.7:1
Valve gear DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
SAE horsepower 148 hp @ 3700 rpm
SAE torque 277 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm
Optional engine I-5 turbodiesel, iron block/head
Bore x stroke 3.54 x 3.97 i
Displacement 195 ci/3.2L
Compression ratio 15.7:1
Valve gear DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
SAE horsepower 197 hp @ 3000 rpm
SAE torque 347 lb-ft @ 1500-2750 rpm
Transmission type 5-speed manual
1st 4.20:1
2nd 2.24:1
3rd 1.37:1
4th 1.00:1
5th 0.76:1
Reverse 3.84:1
Opt transmission 6-speed manual
1st 5.44:1
2nd 2.84:1
3rd 1.72:1
4th 1.22:1
5th 1.00:1
6th 0.79:1
Reverse 4.94:1
Opt transmission 6-speed automatic
1st 4.17:1
2nd 2.34:1
3rd 1.52:1
4th 1.14:1
5th 0.87:1
6th 0.69:1
Reverse 3.40:1
Axle ratios 3.55:1, 3.73:1, 4.70:1
Final drive ratios 2.63:1, 2.82:1, 2.58:1, 3.59:1
DIMENSIONS/CAPACITIES
Wheelbase 126.8 in
Length x width x height 201.2-211.0 x 72.8 x 71.0-72.8 in
Track, f/r 61.4/61.4 in
Turning circle 41.7 ft
Approach/departure angle 28.0-29.0/20.0-28.0 deg
Ground clearance 9.1-9.3 in
Curb weight 4450-4850 lb
Payload capacity 2200-2600 lb
GVWR 7055 lb
GCWR 13,117 lb
Towing capacity 4850-7385 lb
Seating capacity 3-5
Headroom, f/r 40.2-40.3/36.9-38.8 in
Legroom, f/r 41.7/31.3-35.5 in
Shoulder room, f/r 56.7/55.1-56.3 in
Bed LxWxH 61.0-91.2 x 61.4 x 20.1 in
Width bet wheelhousings 44.8 in
CHASSIS
Construction Ladder frame
Suspension, f/r Independent, control arm, coil over shock/solid axle, leaf spring
Steering type Rack-and-pinion
Turns, lock to lock 3.5
Brakes, f/r Vented disc/drum, ABS
CONSUMER INFO
Base price $19,300 (est)
Price as tested $51,600 (est)
Airbags Front, front side, side curtain
Fuel capacity 21.1 gal
Australian fuel economy, combined 25-31 mpg
Recommended fuel Regular unleaded, ULSD
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Carlos LagoOct 13, 2009
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2001 Ford Ranger - Go Rocket Ranger, Go! - News
SPAL, in conjunction with HyperMax Engineering, will attempt to set a new land speed record to claim the title of World's Fastest Diesel Pickup Truck during the Bonneville Salt Flats 2006 World Finals, October 11-14.
Dec 1, 2006
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2001 Ford Ranger - Road Test & Review - Motor Trend
In today's world, everybody seems to want more: more salary, more time, and more bang-for-the-buck.
John KiewiczDec 10, 2003

2000 Ford Ranger

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Construction Zone - 2000 Ford Ranger
Dustin Puzey's 2000 Ford Ranger
John Mata Jr.Mar 1, 2012
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Pre Owned: 1998-2010 Ford Ranger
The Ford Ranger has been with us, in one form or another, since 1983, and is largely unchanged since this generation's introduction for the 1998 model year.
Marc CookSep 22, 2011
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2000 Ford Ranger - A Tale Of Two Rangers
Check out Pascal Barone's custom 2000 Ford Ranger in this Under Construction Special.
Mike AlexanderApr 1, 2010
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Custom 2000 Ford Ranger - Web Exclusive Pictures
More of Pascal's project Ranger
John JacksonFeb 22, 2010
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2000 Ford Ranger - Chopped And Screwed
Check out Mark Zarate's kick-ass '00 Ford ranger!
Mike AlexanderOct 1, 2009
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2000 Ford Ranger - Built To Drive
Jevon Herbert built his '00 Ford Ranger for the mean streets of Georgia and beyond. A truly deserving cover truck to pay tribute to all the driven show trucks out there.
Mike AlexanderMar 1, 2009
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2000 Ford Ranger - Down Range
Sometimes Dreams Require A Detour
Galen ArmentaAug 1, 2008
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2007 Slamfest - Custom Truck Show
Check out pictures from the 2007 Slamfest custom truck show, where dozens of high-end show vehicles took over Tampa!
Mike AlexanderMay 1, 2008
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2000 Ford Ranger & 1991 GMC Sonoma - September 2007 - Construction Zone
Check out these sick under construction mini trucks!
Ashley AlexanderSep 1, 2007
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Custom 2000 Ford Ranger Truck - Lady Luck
The band No Doubt comes to life through Woody Mestas's 2000 Ford Ranger truck, making his unique truck unforgettable.
Harley CamilleriJul 28, 2006
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Custom 2000 Ford Ranger - Green Drag-On
This is one mean green Ford Ranger!
Mike AlexanderJan 1, 2004

1999 Ford Ranger

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22 / 27
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Ridin’ Around Readers' Rides - April 2014
Hometown Local Readers: 1993 Toyota Pickup, 1997 Chevy S-10, and 1999 Ford Ranger
Richard CabezaApr 4, 2014
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July 2013 Final Gear - Editorial
Still Plays With Trucks
Jason GondermanJul 1, 2013
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1999 Ford Ranger - Twice Upon A Time
I couldn't help but notice a brightly colored Ranger with the most vibrant graphics I’d seen in a while.
Chris “Krisko” KnottsApr 9, 2013
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Too Tall, No Balls - 1999 Ford Ranger
And Other Reasons Why Stock Sucks
John Mata Jr.Jul 1, 2012
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1999 Ford Ranger - The Reject
Many owner have come and gone during the life of this '99 Ranger.
John Mata Jr.Dec 1, 2011
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Pre Owned: 1998-2010 Ford Ranger
The Ford Ranger has been with us, in one form or another, since 1983, and is largely unchanged since this generation's introduction for the 1998 model year.
Marc CookSep 22, 2011
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Custom 1999 Ford Ranger - Headstrong
Check out this good-looking '99 Ranger!
Lance MartzOct 1, 2009
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Custom 1999 Ford Ranger - The Retro Ranger
Check out this clean '99 Ford Ranger!
Galen ArmentaNov 1, 2007
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1999 Ford Ranger - Burnt Up
Simmon's Comet
Jun 1, 2004

1998 Ford Ranger

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22 / 27
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Ridin’ Around - February 2014
Hometown - Local - Readers
Richard CabezaJan 3, 2014
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1998 Ford Ranger - Smooth Like Puddin’
Everyone wants a bodydropped truck—that’s the ultimate goal, right? Forget all the trophies, clubs, and everything else, if you’ve got yourself a bodied truck then all is right in the world.
Kevin WhippsJun 28, 2013
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Pre Owned: 1998-2010 Ford Ranger
The Ford Ranger has been with us, in one form or another, since 1983, and is largely unchanged since this generation's introduction for the 1998 model year.
Marc CookSep 22, 2011
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Radical 1998 Ford Ranger
A 5.9L Cummins, 130-mph Top Speed, and a Bed-Mounted Turbo
Jason SandsAug 1, 2011
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1998 Ford Ranger - Construction Zone - April 2011
Razorback Ranger
John Mata JrApr 1, 2011
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1998 Ford Ranger - Killer Four-Cylinder
4BT Cummins-Powered Drag Ranger
Mike McGlothlinJul 1, 2009
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1998 Ford Ranger - The Domino Effect
One Good Thing Leads To Another
Joe GreevesNov 1, 2008
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1998 Ford Ranger Cummins - 4BT Diesel Dream Truck
From Classroom Sketches To A Real Cummins-Powered Ford Ranger
Trevor ReedAug 1, 2008
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Custom 1998 Ford Ranger - 9 Finger Wonder
It's all about planning and safety!
Ernie MaciasOct 1, 2007
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1998 Ford Ranger - Long Overdue
Five years in the making and 17 grand in aftermarket upgrades make one clean Ranger!
Mark HalvorsenFeb 15, 2007
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Custom 1998 Ford Ranger Truck - Freerangin'
Ronnie Amburn drove his 1998 Ford Ranger stock for almost six years before turning it into the panel-dragging custom we see today. And did we hear that there's another truck lined up already?
Joe GreevesSep 1, 2006
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1998 Ford Ranger
In the early 1960s, Henry Ford II was poised to buy the Ferrari company, but Enzo Ferrari decided at the last minute to back out. Dan Webb, owner of Dan Webb Hot Rods in Burton, Michigan, believes that his truck, the Ferrari-flavored 1998 Ford Ranger that he
jim austAug 1, 2000
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A Guide To Ford Ranger Pickups
Being number one in sales doesn't guarantee a First Place popularity rating among modified pickups. Ford builds some excellent trucks and sells 'em by the millions. F-series trucks have outsold all other cars and trucks for so long it's hard to remember who us
Bruce CaldwellApr 1, 2000

1997 Ford Ranger

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23 / 27
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1997 Ford Ranger Splash - Mr. Trump
When building your very first full-custom mini-truck you might not always get it right the first time around. But for Ryan “Mr. Trump” Donaldson from Alberta, Canada, he knew he wanted to take his time and build the perfect cruiser that he could be proud of.
Mike AlexanderSep 24, 2014
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1997 Ford Ranger - The Missing Lincoln
Tony Thompson has always been a fan of the Ford Ranger as this is the third one he has owned. A few years had passed between builds but this gearhead was still busy tinkering on stuff.
Chris “Krisko” KnottsJan 13, 2014
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1997 Ford Ranger - Too Sloww
What you see before you is the product of a 14-year journey filled with love, hate, fun, tears, new friends, and the tying up of a good deal of money.
John Mata JrAug 1, 2011
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1997 Ford Ranger - Construction Zone - July 2010
Mini Truckin' just wouldn't be the same without sick under construction trucks like the following 1997 Ford Ranger.
Mike AlexanderJul 1, 2010
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1997 Ford Ranger - Yellow Fever
A Disease You'd Be Lucky To Catch
John Mata Jr.Apr 1, 2009
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1997 Ford Ranger - One Bolt At A Time
Dustin Scheele's '97 Ranger is truly home-built!
Kevin WhippsApr 1, 2009
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1997 Ford Ranger & 1994 Chevy S10 - May 2008 - Construction Zone
Check out this month's body-layin' minis!
Ashley AlexanderMay 1, 2008
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Custom 1997 Ford Ranger - Rockered Ranger
This stock floor body dropped Ranger graces the February 2008 cover!
Mike AlexanderFeb 1, 2008
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Custom Mini Trucks - Ridin' Around Special - August 2007
This month's Ridin' Around SPECIAL features 12 real road-ruling rides!
Mike AlexanderAug 1, 2007
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Custom 1997 Ford Ranger - Kut 2 Tuck
Check out this low-to-the-ground Ford Ranger!
Ernie MaciasJul 1, 2007
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Custom 1997 Ford Ranger - The DV8 Ranger
This is one clean custom V8 Ranger!
Mike FinneganSep 1, 2005
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Flexin' Ford
A V8 mini worth raving about
Travis NoackAug 26, 2005
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Custom 1997 Ford Ranger - Toxic Beam Dream
Check out this clean Ford Ranger!
Gary BlountAug 1, 2005
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1997 Ford Ranger - A Shore Thing
Kenneth Foley built a killer '97 Ranger during shore leave from the Navy.
Lance MartzJul 1, 2004
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1997 Ford Ranger - Shove It!
This Pebble Pusher knows how to make the grade at shows. Check out this clean standard cab ranger
Lance MartzApr 1, 2003

1996 Ford Ranger

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1996 Ford Ranger - Rest In (one) Piece
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.
Justin WynnFeb 10, 2014
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1996 Ford Ranger - A Tale Of Two Rangers
It's A Long Way To The Top
Mike AlexanderApr 1, 2010
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1996 Ford Ranger - Mutal8d
Greg's 1996 Ford Ranger didn't begin as an expecting project truck, but the mutilation that ensued was well worth the wait.
Mike AlexanderMar 1, 2010
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Custom 1996 Ford Ranger - Feature Shoot Pictures
Light At The End Of The Tunnel
John JacksonFeb 24, 2010
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1996 Ford Ranger - Lime Disease
Check out Lynwood "Woody" Spooner's '96 Ford Ranger.
Brandon BurrellDec 1, 2009
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1984 Toyota & 1996 Ford Ranger - November 2006 Construction Zone
Mini Truckin' just wouldn't be the same without sick under-construction trucks like the following 'Yota and Ranger.
Ashley AlexanderNov 1, 2006
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1996 Ford Ranger - Ridin' Around - April 2003
Check out this month's Ridin' Around section!
Mike FinneganApr 1, 2003
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1996 Ford Ranger Roadster - Platinum Crush
More Mods Than A Porn Star
Mike FinneganSep 1, 2002

1995 Ford Ranger

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1995 Ford Ranger - Rearranged
Gary Donkers was drawn to custom trucks at an early age, and when he was 16, he got his first vehicle—a black second-gen S-10. Within the first 3 months of owning the truck, he lowered it, and threw new wheels on it.
John MataSep 30, 2013
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Before The Feature - November 2013
We have become so wrapped up these days in seeing the completed projects here in the magazine, but we are digging deeper into the builds that live on our pages.
MT StaffSep 27, 2013
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Custom Mini Trucks - Ridin Around - October 2012
Check out this month's winner, a 1995 Ford Ranger, as well as a 1989 Chevy S10, and 2007 Chevy Colorado Xtreme
Richard CabezaOct 1, 2012
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Endangered Ranger: 1995 Ford Ranger
On the Brink of Extinction
John Mata Jr.Jun 1, 2012
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1995 Ford Ranger - All In The Family
Not too often do you see a feature truck that was built with three generations working side by side.
Brandon BurrellJun 1, 2010
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1995 Ford Ranger - Juice It!
A painter by trade, James Seat just needed a few tips to get his ride going.
Wes CadeOct 1, 2009
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1995 Ford Ranger - Endangered Ranger
An Existence Outside The Garage
John Mata Jr.Feb 1, 2009
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1995 Ford Ranger Truck - Sentimental Values
Some Things Are Worth Hanging On To
Galen ArmentaJan 1, 2009
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1995 Ford Ranger - In Range
Three Generations Of The Caldwell Family Came Together To Build This '95 Ford Ranger
Galen ArmentaJun 1, 2008
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Custom 1995 Ford Ranger Truck - All in the Family
Bagged and body dropped, this Ranger is a family project that brought together three generations.
Joe GreevesDec 1, 2006
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The Motivator - Custom 1995 Ford Ranger
We are all presented with challenging situations in life, and the outcomes always depend on how we handle the problems as they arise. You can either roll over and let those problems get the best of you, or you can take action and rise up to turn it around for
Joe GreevesJun 1, 2004
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1995 Ford Ranger - Railin' Ranger
Having all of the good answers to our tech sheet was just the icing on the cake when it came time to photograph Nate Haskovec's awesome Ford Ranger
Mike FinneganMay 1, 2003

1994 Ford Ranger

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Custom Mini Trucks - Ridin' Around - February 2013
1997 Chevy S10, 1994 Ford Ranger, and a 2004 Chevy Colorado
MT StaffFeb 1, 2013
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Custom Mini Trucks - Ridin' Around - December 2012
Check out the 1994 Ford Ranger, 1984 Toyota HiLux, and a 1988 Ford Bronco II we found ridin' around!
Kevante HigginsDec 1, 2012
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1994 Ford Ranger - The Evolution
Tommy Pearson is very methodical when it comes to building a truck. On top of that, the man is patient.
John Mata Jr.Jan 1, 2012
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1994 Ford Ranger - 10-Year Reunion
David Jackman is proud to have another feature 10 years after his first. See you in 10 more!
John Mata JrSep 1, 2010
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Custom 1994 Ford Ranger - Freak of Nature
This '94 Ford Ranger is unbelievably clean!
Ernie MaciasJan 1, 2010
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Custom 1994 Ford Ranger - On Fire
This Ford Ranger is on Fire!
Mike AlexanderDec 1, 2009
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1994 Ford Ranger Splash - De Ranged
Justin Terrell's custom '94 Ranger is homebuilt and badass all rolled into one!
Mike AlexanderJul 1, 2008
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Custom 1994 Ford Ranger - Class Dismissed
This out-of-control Ford Ranger reaches the cover - again!
Brandon BurrellOct 1, 2007
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Custom 1994 Ford Ranger Cover Truck - Online Exclusive Photos
Online exclusive pictures of the October 2007 cover truck Ranger.
Brandon BurrellAug 7, 2007
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1994 Ford Ranger Splash - Bad Influence
Don't ask where this '94 Ranger Splash's Pontiac G6 four glass panel power sunroof came from!
Ernie MaciasApr 1, 2007
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Custom 1994 Ford Ranger Splash - Mighway
Shouldn't every teacher drive a body dropped Ranger, old-school style?
Chad LucasJul 1, 2006
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Custom 1994 Ford Ranger - Balancing Act
Check out this body dropped, hydro'd Ranger!
Lance MartzJan 1, 2005
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1994 Ford Ranger - Speed Dragger
A V-8 Motivated Mini
Mar 1, 2004
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1994 Ford Ranger - Readers' Rides
If you think your truck is worthy of our pages, send your photos to: Sport Truck, Readers' Rides, 774 S. Placentia Ave., Placentia, CA 92870.You can also ship a high-quality digital image of your ride to: sporttruck@primedia.com.
John O'NeillFeb 1, 2004
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1994 Ford Ranger - Ground Hog
More Winter Equals More Progress
Mike FinneganJan 1, 2003
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1994 Ford Ranger
Some trucks sneak up on you. You’re strolling the rows at a show absolutely bursting with multi-hued, striped, paneled, and flamed this and that with neon frame lights, stroboscopic marker lights, and big thumpity subs, all snapping at your ankles, vying
Rick AmadoAug 1, 2000

1993 Ford Ranger

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Edward A. SanchezOct 24, 2013
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Custom Mini Trucks - Ridin' Around - August 2011
Check out what we found this month Ridin' Around.
Chad CooperAug 1, 2011
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1993 Ford Ranger - Construction Zone - December 2010
Mini Truckin' just wouldn't be the same without sick under construction trucks like the following 1993 Ford Ranger
Mike AlexanderDec 1, 2010
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1993 Ford Ranger & 1972 Datsun 620 Pickup - Construction Zone - May 2004
Mini Truckin' just wouldn't be the same without sick under-construction trucks like the following 1993 Ford Ranger and 1972 Datsun 620 pickup.
May 1, 2010
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1993 Ford Ranger - Construction Zone - March 2010
This Ranger Gets Down
Mike AlexanderMar 1, 2010
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1993 & 1994 Ford Ranger - The Construction Zone - March 2003
Mini Truckin' just wouldn't be the same without sick under-construction trucks like the following 1993 Ford Ranger and 1994 Ford Ranger
Mike FinneganNov 8, 2009
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Custom 1993 Ford Ranger - Sheer Effort
Sporting license plate DRGN BDY, this is one smooth Ford Ranger!
Mike AlexanderOct 1, 2009
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1993 Ford Ranger - December 2004 - Construction Zone
This is one SIC RNGR.
Mike AlexanderSep 5, 2009
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1993 Ford Ranger Splash - Splash Of Mercury
Patrick Kennedy's 1993 Ford Ranger Splash went through many different phases, but the end result was worth it!
Mike AlexanderOct 1, 2008
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Truckin' Magazine Editorial - Chamber Revolver
Truckin' Magazine says good-bye to fellow great editor Mark Halvorsen. He is Texas bound and you know what they say about Texas! More, only on truckinweb.com, the official website of Truckinf,,' Magazine
Mark HalvorsenFeb 1, 2008
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Custom 1993 Ford Ranger - First Timer
Check out this bagged I-Beam beauty!
Ernie MaciasJun 1, 2007
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1993 Ford Ranger - Rocket's Red Glare
People were lining up for weeks at the local vendor of weapons of mass destruction. Patriots and pyros alike were waving sheafs of cash for Black Cats, Screaming Cracklers, and Nuclear Meltdowns, gearing up for an evening of gleeful mayhem. Fourth of July celebrations in our town exemplify free ente
Nov 1, 2005
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Custom 1993 Ford Ranger Truck - Third Time's a Charm
Yes! In case you were wondering, this is the same 1993 Ford Ranger as you saw in March 2003 and February 2004! Except this time it's on the cover... What will Patrick Reid come up with next?
Chad LucasSep 1, 2005
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1993 Ford Ranger - Paytience
Patrick Reid's Ranger is proof that practice makes perfect
Mike AlexanderFeb 1, 2004
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Custom 1993 Ford Ranger - Skulldraggery
Reid displays his fiberglass handiwork through his '93 Ranger.
Mike FinneganMar 1, 2003
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1993 Ford Ranger - A Woman's Touch
Imagine yourself walking through a parking lot with a beautiful woman you've just met and spotting a stylish mini laying hard on the asphalt. You stop to check it out, admiring the craftsmanship and the way the paint gleams in the sun. You drool over its custo
Mike FinneganAug 1, 2001

1992 Ford Ranger

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1992 Ford Ranger - The Recluse
Tweed and 17s—the stuff legends were made of, and what Speedy Baudion’s Ranger is all about.
John Mata Jr.Nov 18, 2013
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Rusted Over - 1992 Ford Ranger
The Art of Forced Deformity
John Mata Jr.Jul 1, 2013
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1992 Ford Ranger - Square Roots
This '92 Ranger's clean, boxy lines will draw you in from a distance and smack you upside the head with a truly interesting interior twist.
John Mata Jr.Dec 1, 2012
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Down For Life: 1992 Ford Ranger
This '92 Ranger belongs to Phil Fowler, a lifelong minitrucker hailing from the East Coast who has spent an entire decade prepping it for this moment
John Mata Jr.Jan 1, 2012
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1992 Ford Ranger - Marbleized
Not being one to settle for “normal,” Ronnie Wells has spent the better part of nine years cutting his Ranger up to look like the trucks he first took notice of in our pages back in ’02.
John Mata Jr.Oct 1, 2011
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1992 Ford Ranger & 1999 Toyota Tacoma - August 2008 - Construction Zone
More awesome under construction mini trucks, coming your way!
Ashley AlexanderAug 1, 2008
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Custom 1992 Ford Ranger - Clean and Simple
Richard Thompson's '92 Ranger proves that a clean truck never goes out of style.
Ernie MaciasFeb 1, 2007

1991 Ford Ranger

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Custom 1991 Ford Ranger - Draggin' Doors
This Ranger lays hard thanks to an insane 7-3/4-inch body drop!
Mike AlexanderOct 1, 2009
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1991 Ford Ranger - Work In Progress
This 1991 Ford Ranger owned by Jeff Williams from Louisville, Kentucky, "should be finished next week..."
Brandon BurrellOct 1, 2009

1990 Ford Ranger

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Ridin’ Around - December 2013
Hometown - Local - Readers
Richard CabezaOct 25, 2013
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1990 Ford Ranger & 1986 Mazda B2200 - June 2005 - Construction Zone
Check out some minis with some major mods!
Mike AlexanderJun 1, 2005

1989 Ford Ranger

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1989 Ford Ranger - The Dropout
Luckily for a guy like Aaron Combs, he handled his big plans of having a quickly built show truck derailing from the tracks rather well, and his old lady has been right behind him to help finish his 1989 Ford Ranger—only pushing lightly, of course.
John Mata Jr.Aug 25, 2014
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1989 Ford Ranger - Out Of Control
Eric gave himself $8,000 to build a trustworthy ‘bagged driver out of the slowly decaying truck he had owned for the last 15 years. It had been involved in a few accidents over the years, and it was repaired and thrown right back into the mix every time.
John Mata Jr.Oct 28, 2013
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1989 Ford Ranger - Blood Orange Ford
The Slow Peel
John Mata Jr.Nov 1, 2012
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1989 Ford Ranger - The Railed Ranger
When you want to build a minitruck and the closest shop is hundreds of miles away, the only alternative is to learn how to do it yourself!
Galen ArmentaNov 1, 2008

1986 Ford Ranger

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Construction Zone - 1986 Ford Ranger
1986 Ford Ranger
John Mata Jr.May 2, 2013
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1986 Ford Ranger - Pushin' Pebbles
Flat On The Tarmac
Mike FinneganOct 1, 2009

1985 Ford Ranger

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1985 Ford Ranger - Project Rescued Ranger Part 1
Since rescuing our 1985 Ford Ranger from a field in Kansas and relocating it to Southern California, we’ve been busily working to restore it to the status of a reliable daily driver.
Jason GondermanMay 21, 2014
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Behind The Scenes Of Featured Trucks - April 2014
Well, cover/feature trucks have to start somewhere. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at some of this month’s star players. See how the owners tell their stories.
MT StaffApr 30, 2014
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1985 Ford Ranger - Draggin’ Range
Rollin’ Coal For Dad
John Mata Jr.Apr 18, 2014
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1985 Ford Ranger Rescue Road Trip - Part 2
Picking up where we left off in the December 2013 issue, we were quickly approaching the halfway point of our cross-country journey. Our goal was simple: rescue one of the last remaining factory turbodiesel Ford Rangers from a field in Kansas.
Jason GondermanDec 18, 2013
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1985 Ford Ranger Rescue Road Trip - Part 1
I’ve wanted to own a diesel-powered Ford Ranger, or really any of the oil-burning mini-trucks, ever since I found out they existed. Ford produced these odd little trucks for only five years, from ’83 to ’87.
Jason GondermanxOct 28, 2013
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Not-So-Routine Maintenance - Final Gear
For decades now it would seem that the OEMs have been purposely making it increasingly difficult for the average person to perform even simple maintenance on their own. Most annoying of all is oil filter placement.
Jason GondermanOct 3, 2013
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Construction Zone - 1985 Ford Ranger
Draggin' Range
John Mata Jr.Jul 4, 2013
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1985 Ford Ranger Turbo Diesel: The Plan
Reviving the Ranger
Monica GondermanJun 25, 2013
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1985 Ford Ranger Turbodiesel: The Roadtrip Home
Kansas to Los Angeles in a diesel Ranger
Monica GondermanMay 30, 2013

1984 Ford Ranger

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Custom 1984 Ford Ranger - Red Power Ranger
This stock-floor body dropped Ranger tucks nicely over 19 inch Foose wheels.
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Custom 1984 Ford Ranger - March 2005 - Construction Zone
This is one bad Ranger!
Mike AlexanderMar 1, 2005

1983 Ford Ranger

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Custom Mini Trucks - Ridin' Around - June 2007
Here's what we found Ridin' Around in June 2007!
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