This 1983 Ford Ranger Eats F-150s for Breakfast!
It’s not often that we see the smaller truck in the Ford lineup turn out to be bigger and badder, but this Ford Ranger rock-crawler creation can certainly devour F-150s (and more) for breakfast!
Should you stumble upon a 1983 Ranger you most likely wouldn’t think of doing this to it. Chances are that you’d want to use it as a daily driver, as the weekend pickup truck, or perhaps even restore it and make it nice and pretty, and therefore take it to car shows. Not these guys, the two brothers that created this beast didn’t think “nice and pretty,” they thought “big and bad.”
Powered by a Ford 5.0 liter V8 engine similar to what you’d find on a current F-150, this capable crawler puts the torque and speed down via BorgWarner T-19 four-speed manual transmission, and a Dana 60 and Dana 60HD front and rear axle differentials. The rugged body and custom cage and fuel cell sit on custom three-link, 16-in-travel Fox 2.0 remote-reservoir shocks, Fox 2.0 Series bumpstops, limiting straps, and 5-in-lift Pro Comp 63-in-long leaf springs with the same amount of travel in the shocks as the front. The tires are 43×14.5 in the front, and 43×16.5 LT Interco TSL SX in the rear.
The two brothers originate from British Columbia, so having the opportunity to build a rock-crawler for the Californian desert and not a mud-bogger for their native damp land was already a pretty exciting idea. Needless to say, they totally nailed it, and this has got to be one of the most capable Ford Rangers we’ve ever seen.
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Story & Photos via: [FourWheeler]