Rock and Roll Over: Boulder Crushes Ford Ranger
Fateful Ford Ranger proves the importance of payload capacities.
A crazy new video from the AutoMotive Society YouTube channel shows a Ford Ranger trying to haul a massive rock only to get unexpectedly rocked like a hurricane by the boulder. The team at Jalopnik brought it to the attention of those car lovers who aren’t into social media, and it is good that it has been spread around because it offers a lesson in the importance of maximum payload capacity.
Payload and Capacities
The Ford Ranger in the video above appears to be from the second generation, which was offered for the 1993 through 1997 model years. We don’t know the exact model year, but the highest payload capacity that we can find online for a second generation Ranger is 1,620 pounds in the 1997 model year.
As for this huge rock, it appears to fill the frontloader bucket side-to-side, so it is likely about five feet wide, sticking up maybe three feet away from the bucket and looking to be about two feet thick. According to a chart on Granite Express, a piece of stone that measures five by three by two weighs right around 3,000 pounds. Since it clearly isn’t a uniform shape, it could be even heavier, and if it weighs 3,240 pounds, it would be double the towing capacity of the Ranger.
Double the Towing Capacity
At some point, many truck owners have hauled more weight than their vehicle was intended to carry, so maybe the owner of this Ranger thought that towing upwards of twice the maximum towing capacity wouldn’t be a problem. However, there is a difference between hauling double the stated payload capacity and dropping a solid mass that weighs more than double the hauling capacity into the bed.
As it turns out, dropping that weight into the bed of a Ranger pretty much destroys the truck.
In the video, the front-loader operator is trying to carefully lower the huge rock into the bed of the Ranger as the owner and one of his buddies watch. They make jokes as the operator takes a surprisingly long time to get the rock into the bed, so after more than a minute of preparation – he drops the rock into the bed.
The rear end of the truck drops with the weight, but it does not rebound as it would with a lighter weight. The Ranger stays pinned to the ground, with the excess weight likely breaking suspension mounts, or the frame.
This should serve as a lesson to all truck owners that if you are going to ignore the payload capacity numbers, you can’t drop the weight from a front-loader.