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Ford Fan Taps Into FTE Forums for Tips on Building Up Tough & Timeless 1970 F-100 Ranger
The world is always changing around us. Some times we may notice it subtly, and other times it’s much more evident. The evolution of the Ford truck falls into the latter category. The exciting change from one year model to the next is auto evolution, and it simply can’t be stopped.
However, one thing that never changes is the spirit of Ford pickups. Whether modern or classic, every one of these beauties is amazing. Ford Trucks Enthustiast forum member three.on.the.tree certainly thinks so, too.
He is the owner of a tough and enduring 1970 Ford F-100 Ranger regular cab short bed. With a swapped, mildly-built 460 cubic inch motor under the hood, automatic transmission, power steering and disc brakes, this beast is ready to roll for another 40-plus years. The active forum member also added long-tube headers with dual three-inch straight pipe exhaust mufflers dumping right before the rear axle. The inclusion of American Baja Racing wheels and Mickey Thompson Tires ensures that is vintage ride stays smooth and fast on any terrain. And the rustic original red paint and chrome body accents gives it character and an extra dose of coolness.
Seeing classic trucks that have not only been well cared for but also magnificently modified is something we don’t come across often. But it’s certainly something we enjoy discovering.
Illinois-based Ford fan three.on.the.tree is an active FTE forums member who often uses the threads to both offer fellow enthusiasts advice on their rides, as well as using the forum to request advice on building up a better ride.
“I’m running the Baja [wheels],” he revealed in one FTE thread, responding to a fellow Ford enthusiast’s inquiry about the best wheel types and brands to use in building up a Ford truck. According to his reply, here’s what he added to his 1970 Ranger:
— The back is 295 65 15, and 275 60 15 in front; they fit perfect
— The rear wheels are 15 x 10 with 3.810 back space and -43mm off set
— The front wheels are 15 x 8 with 3.750 back space and -19 mm off set
— The wheels are American Racing Baja; the tires are Mickey Thompson ET Street S/S