Jim Oaks

Jim Oaks

As a Ford Ranger enthusiast who enjoys modifying my Ford Rangers 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.

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

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Brian Barker’s 1993 Ford Ranger
Brian Barker's 1993 Ford Ranger

Brian Barker’s 1993 Ford Ranger

Filed in 1993-1997 Ford Ranger 4x4, Off-Road Racing, Solid Axle Swap (SAS) by on November 27, 2010 • views: 1739

Brian Barker’s 1993 Ford Ranger – 2010 Top Truck Challenge   Results – Finished 7th overall after battling with transmissions problems. Finished 1st in Tow Test Finished 3rd in Mud Pit Specifications: Owner name/city: Brian Barker/Plamondon, Alberta, Canada Occupation: Auto parts sales Vehicle model: 1993 Ford Ranger Estimated value: $100,000 Engine/aspiration: Ford 598ci V-8/EFI Transmission: […]

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Recent Articles #2

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: 3098

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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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: 2658

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: 2492

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: 796

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: 856

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: 1483

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: 1876

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: 1012

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 1998-2011 Ford Ranger 2WD, Concept Vehicles by on March 15, 2003 • views: 2035

Call it trickle down performance. After all the years of attention and engineering paid by Ford to the superb SVT Lightning F-150 muscle truck, some of that high-octane magic has finally reached Ford’s compact pickup in the form of the SVT Lightning Bolt Ranger concept. The idea for the Lightning Bolt Ranger began with Ford […]

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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: 1284

  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: 942

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: 1134

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: 521

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: 482

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: 648

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: 824

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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1993 Ford Ranger Jukebox
1993 Ford Ranger Jukebox

1993 Ford Ranger Jukebox

Filed in Concept Vehicles by on August 22, 1993 • views: 642

This 1993 Ford Ranger Jukebox concept truck featured a 2,500 watt stereo system, flashing neon lights, and a dancing truck bed. I love the chopped top, windows, and wing. Video: More Photos: Click the photos to enlarge

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Overland Expo West – 2019 views: 419

Overland Expo West 2019 – And Why You Should Go To An Overland Expo! I love to travel and discover new areas. I’ve done everything from a random 1-day roadtrip, to a trip that lasted 22-days. These trips always involve me either sleeping in my vehicle, or a tent. There is an amazing sense of […]

PetesPonies 1983 Ford Ranger views: 1464

This 1983 Ford Ranger is the creation of forum member PetesPonies. It was originally brown and tan with a worn out interior, suspension, and brakes. The engine had been replaced, but the wiring was a mess. Pete completely redid the interior, stripped the brown/tan paint, and used a 1965 Ford Tropical Turquoise and Wimbledon White […]

SVT3773’s 1989 Ford Ranger views: 2094

This 1989 Ford Ranger belongs to forum member svt3773. It was voted as Truck Of The Month in 2014, and awarded the 2014 Mini Truck Of The Year by our forum members. Owner: svt3773 Vehicle: 1989 Ford Ranger Specifications: Engine & Transmission: 1997 Ford Explorer 5.0L (306 cid) with a F303 camshaft & MSD ignition […]

‘Fire In The Hole’ Monster Ranger views: 2562

Sometimes bigger can be better. Sometimes you just want to build something ridiculous for the fun of it. Even if it’s not practical to use every day. Forum member ‘parkrangerjeremy’ did just that. He had a 1993 Ford Ranger 4×4 that had a 6-inch lift, 3-inch body lift, and 35-inch Bogger tires, but he wanted […]