Turnkey Ranger Drag Truck is Ready to Rock Down the Drag Strip

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Ford Rsnger Race Truck Driver Front Corner

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.

Ranger Blown Big Block V8

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.

Race Ranger Rear End

Stretched Chassis

We have featured a great many Ford race trucks with big engines, but this Ranger has a unique feature.

Race Ranger Rear Corner

The custom chassis is longer than the standard underpinnings, effectively extending the front end and pushing the front wheels forward.

Race Ranger Front

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.

Race Ranger Side View

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.

Race Ranger shifter

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.

Race Ranger Bed Fuel Cell

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.

Race Ranger Seats

Race Ranger Dash

Race Ranger Front Corner

"Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500," says Patrick Rall, a lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years. "He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car – a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16 while I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

"Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group. While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

"Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never “work” a day in your life," adds Rall, who has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now automotive journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular auto websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

"I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

"My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

"Being based on Detroit," says Rall, "I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit's Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.

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