Here is my 2007 Ford Ranger Sport 3.0 V6 auto, A.K.A. project "No Parole". Bought it brand new in 2007 with plans of leaving it stock seeing as how i already had a bagged 87 ranger. But plans changed over time and I ended up turning it into a dedication to my father who passed while it was in the mid stages of construction into what it is now. Let me know what you think and ask away with any questions. Feel free to leave comments or suggestions/tips or ideas you may have for the build. Lets get started shall we...
Here it is the day i bought it and brought it home. I waited 3years to start on it, gotta love deployments lol.
Then I bought the wheels and after extensive researched i took it to a shop in OKC to have it bagged not knowing that i would have to strip it down and do it again myself with the help of my truck club. Here are pics from round1 of bags.
Then due to bad fuel issues and constant rubbing, my truck club and i tore it apart and started over using new parts. We used a 6 valve setup consisting of 6-3/8" SMC valves, 3gallon AVS tank, Viar 480 compressor, 1/2" air line, new relays, wiring, extended the stock harness and ran it threw the notch, fabbed a custom 3link setup with a custom pan-hard bar, installed an aluminum fuel cell, installed 2 35psi fuel pumps (1 pulling and 1 sucking, runs like a top), DJM lowering shocks, Slam Specialties RE5 bags, custom bag brackets for the front and fabbed bars in the back for a bag on bar setup, cut off the exhaust system and installed a flowmaster hush 40 dumping at the muffler, removed the entire torsion bar setup except for the main mounts that double as the tranny cross member, cut out the center of the bed including the wheel tubs to allow the truck to lay in the back without rubbing, and threw some high heat pain on it to protect against rust and add make it look more presentable. Let the carnage begin, here are the pics.
And all this work leads us up to this point. Truck lays on rear bumper and tranny cross member. Started fabbing up the new x-member yesterday using 1 1/4" steel tubing and im making it where it will remain flush with the under carriage and still support the tranny with little or no flex. The front wheel welds are still in place and need to be removed, and im trying to do everything i can to avoid having to "Z" the front of the frame but as the build goes on i get closer and closer to having to do it. All the engine and fuel issues have been resolved. Truck is a great daily driver and turns heads everytime i go down the street sitting inches off the ground or when i park it in a parking lot cali style (front completely raised, rear completely flattened out). Here she is, far from done but yet so fun and I've made so many memories while working on this truck. Let me know what you guys think.
This is still an ongoing project and one day I might be finished with it and ready to hand down to my kids....maybe. It has come along way within the past year and i would like to thank the customer support at Summit Racing Equipment, David Stanley Ford Dealership/Parts and service for all of their "special friend" deals, Street Wise Customs for welcoming me into their shop to let my skills lose, Street Rivals Truck Club who came out on hot summer days and cold winter nights to help and dedicated many man hours and money to help me achieve this dream, OKCMINIS.com, my loving family and friends who helped along the way and supported the long nights and countless hours of work and research that went into this project, my loving girlfriend who puts up with me having another woman in my life lol, and most of all my father who gave me the inspiration to express myself on this build and continued to inspire me even after he passed. This ride is for you Dad.
Thank you for looking at my work and feel free to leave comments.-Dan (Danimal)