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Big engine in a little truck.
It’s a simple formula dictated by basic physics: High Power + Low Weight = Fun. Â Doesn’t get much easier than that; and when it comes to Ford trucks they don’t come much lighter than a Regular Cab 2WD Ranger. Â Further, we all know that the 5.0 Coyote V8 is the Ford mill of choice for modern motor swappers. Â So the combination of those two would seem to be a logical pairing, though one with some unique challenges.
WellÂ SVTP MemberÂ lowranger96Â (“Chris”) certainly seems up to the challenge. Â Over the past year he has been chronicling the major modification of his 1996 Ford Ranger. Â What started out as a mild-mannered driver has been transformed, through many hours of hard work and skilled fabrication, into a seriously potent street machine.
Of particular interest to me is the expert level metal work required build the custom long-tube headers and create the necessarily intricate steering shaft routing. Â Few things make me happier than custom machine/fab work, and Chris’s rig is chock full of it. Â From the one-off intake and exhaust systems, to the bespoke cooling and mounting solutions the amount of work involved in this build is truly impressive. Â You can check out Chris’s full Coyote Swapped Ranger Build Thread by clicking the link below: