We did it. We bought an old truck. Seems like every gear head ends up doing it at some point in their life. For our company it came at the age of 41.
Now our plan is to restore this truck to its glory days and get it back on the road. It’s actually the old truck of a late friend, and with the help of his family, we tracked down the current owner of the truck and bought it off them. Now it sits in our shop ready for its new lease on life.
Our ultimate goal is to have a truck that’s functional, attention-grabbing, and most importantly, awesome. One important point we want to focus on is involving the feedback and thoughts of our community and clients. We’re sharing this project with you as we go, and we want you to influence our decision-making. Make sure you’re checking in on this page often, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates!
We’re posting updates as they happen below:
10/14/20 Update #4 : Bodywork Continues
We’ve spent some time prepping the doors for new mirrors. We had to fill the holes left behind from the original mirrors.
If you’ve been keeping up to date with this build, it’s no secret that the bed of the Ranger is in need of some TLC. We just got our patch panels to repair the rusted out sheet metal.
From the start we weren’t sure if we would replace the entire bed, or repair the original. After talking to our body-shop experts, we decided that repairing the original would be cheaper. We also couldn’t find any suitable donors in the area.
We’re getting closer and closer to finishing up the body work every day. It feels like just the other day we rolled this 84′ Ranger into our shop with no real direction on what the plan was.
10/05/20 Update #3 : Repairing The Body
We’ve been busy wrenching away on the Ranger since our last update. Our guys have spent a ton of time over the past week taking care of all the dents and dings.
The doors that came with this Ranger were a little bit rusty and crusty if we’re being honest. We considered repairing the rust damage but found this mint set of doors from an 85′ Ranger. We went ahead and picked them up off of Facebook Marketplace.
Speaking of the bed, we took it off! We’re having our body shop take care of all the rust and dents on the bed. Don’t worry though, we’re not leaving the rear end of this Ranger naked.
We’ve still got a long way to go with this Ranger before we’re finished, and there are still some big additions to add. The plan as of right now is to add a lift kit, swap the mirrors, and give it a full vinyl wrap! We’ve also got some things up in the air such as interior, side steps, and fender flares.
10/01/20 Update #2 : Color Voting Results
The results were much closer than we expected. The full blackout idea and the classic blue and chrome tied at 31% of the vote. Blue with black trim edged them out at 38% of the total vote. This is a pretty even split on the choices, which means they are all valid route we could take.
We’re agreeing with you and moving forward with the blue exterior with black trim pieces idea. There won’t be any chrome on this build, but we still have several more style choices ahead of us.
The current plan is to wrap the truck rather than repainting it. The build team has been tossing around some ideas to change the stripe on the side, and our wrap film color book is getting passed around like gravy at the Thanksgiving day table. We’ve had countless color comparisons and debates on which finish and hue to run with. Hopefully we’ll know before Thanksgiving…more on that in the next updates.
9/22/20 Update #1 : Finding Direction – Voting on Color
As we continue tinkering with the mechanical components and figuring out what we have, we thought it would be a good time to figure out the direction we want to go with this Ranger build. We’ve formed an internal team to head up this project and we just had our first “official” meeting.
We quickly realized the dilemma in front of us–there’s no limits. It might seem counterintuitive, but the fact that we have no real restrictions on the project means it’s difficult to pick a direction. We’ve spent decades cultivating a space and team that’s capable of nearly anything we throw at them, so where do you start?
The color, that’s where.