Chris Maurer’s 1989 Ford Ranger

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This 1989 Ford Ranger is owned by Chris Maurer of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

It features a front suspension from a Toyota, and uses air bags with custom mounts. The factory frame rails were replaced with 2×4-inch tubing, and allows the cab to sit 6-inches closer to the ground. The rear suspension is a custom 4-link with Firestone air bags.

The fuel cell and air tanks are tucked under the bed out of sight. Chris shaved the emblems, mirrors, gas door, handles, and the inside of the bed smooth. He also molded the license plate into the tailgate. The cab was treated to a Toyota Corolla dash, custom center console, and Hyundai bucket seats.

The truck is powered by a 350ci V-8 Chevy motor, backed by a TH350 transmission, and rides on 20-inch Centerline wheels.

For specific details, check the list below the following photos:


Tires & Wheels:

Wheels: 20×9-inch Centerline Sniper (Backspace: 5 inches)

Tires: 255/35R20 Nitto 555


Engine: ’85 Chevy 350ci small-block engine

Transmission: TH350

Intake: Edelbrock

Header/exhaust: Stock angle-milled to fit around Toyota front clip

Ignition: Mallory

Driveshaft: Custom-made

Suspension / Frame Mods:

Suspension (Front/Rear): Toyota front suspension and parallel four-link with Panhard bar

Airbag type and size: (Front): Firestone 2500 (Rear): Firestone 2600

Shocks: Heim joint race car shocks

Valves: Eight 1/2-inch GC Extreme

Airline: 1/2-inch DOT

Air accessories: Compressed nitrogen cylinder, AVS nine-switch box

Frame mods: 3/4 frame

Frame material: 2x4x1/4-inch tubing

Gas tank: Summit fuel cell

Axle & Brakes:

Rearend type: Lincoln Towncar, narrowed 12-inches overall

Brakes: Toyota disc in front and Lincoln Towncar disc out back

Body Modifications & Paint:

Shaved: Door handles, third brake light, rear cab seams, gas door, stake pockets, tailgate handle, tailgate, and taillights

Body-dropped: Stock-floor

Back end: Sir Michael’s roll pan

Taillights: 4-foot LED

Exterior bolt-ons: Trendz billet grille

Paint: Glasurit Ford White, Jolley Ranger Green Pearl, and BMW Silver Strip.

Inner fenders: Trailer tubs


Seats: Hyundai bucket seats

Material: Synthetic suede with green piping

Dash: ’92 Toyota Tercel shaved, smoothed and painted

Door panels: Stock with black inserts, green piping, and embossed graphics

Center console: ’92 Toyota Tercel smoothed and painted

Flooring: Custom-formed black carpet

Headliner: Black tweed

Gauges: Auto Meter

Head unit: Pioneer CD

Mids and highs: One set Pioneer 5-inch coaxiles


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