Turnkey Ranger Drag Truck is Ready to Rock Down the Drag Strip
Supercharged big block, dual four-barrel carbs and a stretched wheelbase make for one awesome Ranger.
While flipping through the classified ads on the Hemmings, we came across what might be one of the most unusual Ford Ranger pickups we have ever seen. This compact pickup has been fully outfitted for drag strip dominance with a supercharged big block, but lots of small race trucks have huge engines. What makes this Ranger so unique is the elongated body and chassis, giving it a pro stock look and likely making for a smooth track machine.
Big Block Power
The heart of this 1998 Ford Ranger race truck is the 460-cubic inch big block V8, which is topped by a BDS roots-style supercharger and pair of four-barrel carburetors that poke up through the custom cowl induction hood.
Sending all of that supercharged V8 power to the rear wheels is a “performance built” C6 automatic transmission, with a four-link rear suspension setup helping with traction. That effort is further aided by a set of 18-inch wide Hoosier drag skins that practically fill the entire underside of the rear end.
We have featured a great many Ford race trucks with big engines, but this Ranger has a unique feature.
The custom chassis is longer than the standard underpinnings, effectively extending the front end and pushing the front wheels forward.
Of course, the longer chassis required some body work so that the body fit, so extra sheet metal has been added to the fender between the doors and the front wheels and the hood is longer than a stock design.
In addition to the four-link rear suspension, we can tell from the front end stance that there is some custom suspension work there, too, in along with some skinny front runner wheels.
No Street Driving
The only downside to this slick 1998 Ford Ranger is the fact that it is sold on a bill of sale, rather than with a title. This means that it cannot be registered for street use, but we bet that it is worth every cent for someone who wants a unique drag strip dominator.
In the bed, there is a fuel cell that is mounted under a cool clear tonneau cover. Inside, this truck has two racing seats and a roll cage, as well as the necessary switches and gauges to control the monster big block. Unfortunately, there are no dyno numbers or truck numbers, but this has all the makings of a great drag truck.