Jim Oaks

Jim Oaks

As a Ford Ranger enthusiast who enjoyed modifying my Ford Ranger for off-road use, I quickly discovered that there wasn’t any websites dedicated to the subject. So in 1999, I created TheRangerStation.com.

What started as my own personal desire to help other Ford Ranger owners, has grown into a wealth of online information from numerous contributors.

Almost 20-years later, my commitment to the Ford Ranger, and the Ford Ranger community, is as strong as ever.

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Recent Articles #1

BigBlockRanger’s 1986 545 Powered Ranger
BigBlockRanger's 1986 545 Powered Ranger

BigBlockRanger’s 1986 545 Powered Ranger

Filed in 1983-1988 Ford Ranger 2WD by on November 26, 2010 • views: 2023

Although there have been a number of people to stuff a big block Ford in to a Ford Ranger, the first known person to do it at The Ranger Station was forum member BigBlockRanger. He stroked a Ford 460 V8 to 545 cubic inches, and then stuffed it in to his 1986 Ford Ranger. The […]

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Recent Articles #2

Gwaii 1986 Ford Ranger 4×4
Gwaii 1986 Ford Ranger 4x4

Gwaii 1986 Ford Ranger 4×4

Filed in 1983-1988 Ford Ranger 4x4, Solid Axle Swap (SAS) by on November 25, 2010 • views: 1484

One of the most bizarre Ford Rangers to ever show up on The Ranger Station has been this 1986 Ford Ranger 4×4 owned and built by forum member Gwaii. It actually started out as a 2.3L 4-cylinder 2WD Ford Ranger, but by the second day, Gwaii was tired of only having 2WD. He quickly began […]

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Tim Sockness 1998 Ford Ranger
Tim Sockness 1998 Ford Ranger

Tim Sockness 1998 Ford Ranger

Filed in 1998-2011 Ford Ranger 2WD by on November 27, 2009 • views: 1541

Tim Sockness was looking for a lightweight car he could cut up and use as a “Pro Street go-fast car.” He’d been doing so since the ’80s when he saw a Pro Street Duster wobbling down the freeway. “I thought it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen,” Tim says. So it stayed in his […]

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Ford Ranger Max – Thailand Concept
Ford Ranger Max Concept

Ford Ranger Max – Thailand Concept

Filed in Concept Vehicles by on November 28, 2008 • views: 537

Ranger Max Show Truck Delivers Maximum Capability, Maximum Style and Maximum Impact   High-impact Ranger Max show truck explores future design possibilities for Ford Ranger compact pickup Inspired by power tools and active lifestyle equipment, Ford designers describe Ranger Max’s new look as tough style with power dome and sportsbar as key features Ranger Max amplifies the […]

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Ford 4-Trac Concept Truck
Ford 4-Trac Concept Truck

Ford 4-Trac Concept Truck

Filed in Concept Vehicles by on November 24, 2005 • views: 549

BANGKOK, Thailand, November 24, 2005 Ford Motor Company today forcefully drove home the importance of Asia, particularly Thailand, to its international plans by staging the world premiere of a stunning concept truck at the Thailand International Motor Expo in Bangkok. Ford Asia Pacific Chief Designer Paul Gibson said the concept, dubbed 4-Trac, is a dynamic […]

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Ford Sport Trac Adrenaline Concept Truck
Ford Sport Trac Adrenaline Concept

Ford Sport Trac Adrenaline Concept Truck

Filed in Concept Vehicles by on March 23, 2005 • views: 882

This truck was introduced at the New York International Auto Show in New York March 23, 2005. NEW YORK, March 21, 2005 (Ford has put this vehicle on hold 02/03/2006) At a special New York International Auto Show preview event for journalists last week, Director of Advanced Product Creation and Ford Special Vehicle Team (SVT) […]

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Ford Ranger Performance Concept
Ford Ranger Performance Concept

Ford Ranger Performance Concept

Filed in Concept Vehicles by on November 19, 2004 • views: 1297

Las Vegas – Ford Performance Group is spicing things up in the compact performance segment at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas this year. Using personalized body kits, customized interiors and performance-minded engineering, they’ve transformed an otherwise stock Ranger pickup into a showcase of available and affordable modifications. “Individualization is the […]

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2004 Ford Bronco Concept Vehicle
2004 Ford Bronco Concept Vehicle

2004 Ford Bronco Concept Vehicle

Filed in Concept Vehicles by on January 15, 2004 • views: 586

Ford Bronco Concept: J Mays, Ford Motor Company group vice president, Design and Chief Creative Officer introduces the Ford Bronco Concept Sunday January 4, 2004 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.    Detroit Michigan, January 2004 – The Bronco is back. Unveiled this year at the North American International Auto Show, […]

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2002 Ford Ranger Lightning Bolt
2002 Ford Ranger Lightning Bolt

2002 Ford Ranger Lightning Bolt

Filed in Concept Vehicles by on March 15, 2003 • views: 1096

Now we’re all familiar with the automakers’ practice of building wild, one-off vehicles for the auto show circuit. Most are just flashy come-ons, designed to excite show-goers, while a few are thinly veiled looks at upcoming production models. But still others are hot-rodded versions of existing designs, and it’s often this last type that stirs […]

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Ford EX Concept Vehicle
Ford EX Concept Vehicle

Ford EX Concept Vehicle

Filed in Concept Vehicles by on May 15, 2001 • views: 778

  Ford EX: Taking the outfitter line-up to the extreme edge of adventure The Ford EX concept vehicle stakes its claim in the extreme domain of the “No Boundaries” SUV line-up, promising a unique, no-compromise driving experience for the off-road enthusiast and extreme sports authority. “The EX Concept is the farthest extension of the Outfitters […]

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Ford Explorer Sportsman Concept
Ford Explorer Sportsman Concept

Ford Explorer Sportsman Concept

Filed in Concept Vehicles by on January 9, 2001 • views: 594

DETROIT, Jan. 9, 2001 –  The new Ford Explorer Sportsman concept is designed to fulfill fly anglers’ dreams of finding the calm and unspoiled waters of the perfect, wilderness fishing location. “The Explorer Sportsman builds on the tradition and inherent values of the Ford Explorer and further illustrates innovative ways for us to connect with […]

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1996 Ford Adrenalin Concept Truck
1996 Ford Adrenalin Concept Truck

1996 Ford Adrenalin Concept Truck

Filed in Concept Vehicles by on March 3, 1996 • views: 752

Almost every pickup truck sold in the U.S. today can be configured as a four-door crew cab. In some cases, a crew cab is the only version you can buy, but it wasn’t long ago that crew cabs were few and far between. The 1996 Ford Adrenalin concept truck helped change that, setting the stage […]

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1994 Ford Ranger Sky Splash Concept
1994 Ford Ranger Sky Splash Concept

1994 Ford Ranger Sky Splash Concept

Filed in Concept Vehicles by on August 21, 1995 • views: 148

The Ford Sky Splash Ranger Super Cab is a ‘down-to-earth concept pickup with high flying additions, such as a customer made hang glider with an auto feed towing/launching winch and easily removed cargo box insert with a built in lockable storage compartment. Video:

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1994 Ford Ranger Sea Splash Concept
1994 Ford Ranger Sea Splash Concept

1994 Ford Ranger Sea Splash Concept

Filed in Concept Vehicles by on August 20, 1995 • views: 119

Water sports lover? This truck…….was for you! The Ford Ranger Sea Splash, a concept vehicle especially for those who find their fun shooting the rapids or canoeing the lakes and rivers across North America. The Ranger Sea Splash was the ideal transporter when the river or the lake beckoned. But when it’s not used to […]

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Ford Ranger Hard Court Concept
Ford Ranger Hard Court Concept

Ford Ranger Hard Court Concept

Filed in Concept Vehicles by on November 19, 1993 • views: 400

This was a Ford Concept for the Ford Ranger in 1993. The Ranger was equipped with a basketball hoop so you could play basketball anywhere.

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Ford Ranger Outsider Concept
Ford Ranger Outsider Concept

Ford Ranger Outsider Concept

Filed in Concept Vehicles by on November 19, 1993 • views: 551

This was a Ford Concept for the Ford Ranger in 1993. The Ranger was equipped with a grill guard, nerf bars, and a cage in the bed that held a pair of kayaks and bicycles. It was focused at the ‘outdoor enthusiast’.

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Darren Parsons Ranger Raptor views: 426

Darren Parsons posted his Ford Ranger project in our forum back in 2012. A lot has changed since then. Like many projects, they are always evolving. Looking at this Ranger, it may be confusing as to what it really is. It started life as a 1993 Ford Ranger. It was updated with fiberglass body panels […]

Ford Ranger Storm Concept views: 1407

If it wasn’t bad enough that Ford told us we weren’t going to get the Ford Ranger Raptor here in the United States, Ford has released a new Ford Ranger concept to add to that frustration. Introduced at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show this week, the Ford Ranger Storm is an off-road pickup concept […]

BDS Ford Ranger X views: 1349

One of the 2019 Ford Ranger concepts that really stood out at the 2018 SEMA show in Las Vegas this year was the ‘Ranger X’ built by BDS Suspension. Project Ranger X takes Ranger’s built-in performance and capability to the next level in the form of this ultimate back-country adventurer. The truck features a custom […]

Jeff Simpson’s Duratech Turbo Ranger views: 1477

One nice thing about meeting with Ford Ranger enthusiasts, is that you never know what you’re going to discovered when you start looking at everyone’s truck. Such was the case when I saw Jeff Simpson’s (dangeranger93) 2001 Ford Ranger at the Dearborn Michigan Meet. At first glance, you may simply think this is just another […]