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gumby (Forum Supporter)
gumby (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand Dork
2/27/17 10:02 p.m.

I was pulled here thru the book of faces last week with a post about an autoX Ranger. Poking around, I see a few names I know from other forums and a couple local guys too! I see a fair bit of D/EMod action happening, plus the aforementioned Ranger thread; feels like home. Figured I would share my current obsession with you all. After 5 long years of build, my project has reached a level of completion I have been calling stg1. It is fully functional and has completed one autoX thus far. I will condense the most recent build here with a bit of history. If you are so inclined, my complete ego thread is posted on the turborangerforums: RaceTruck build thread
This truck and I have been together many years. I even set her free once, and she returned to me!

From humble beginnings(2002)


And the first time I turbo'd it(2003)


Chopped top and setup for air ride(SOLD in 06)


When I got it back in 2011 many things in my life had changed, but the truck was still the same.


Already having a summer driver that was doubling as my autoX vehicle, there was only one solution. The answer to all things is racecar.


Once all those big chunks were assembled I got my ass kicked repeatedly by details, plumbing, wiring, finish panels, etc. Eventually, with more than one all night thrash, it was together enough to hit the last event of 2016 season.

Stats at this time:

2.3T making 310rwhp/340rwtq,

T5z trans

Modified Toyota pickup SLA

Mix-n-match IRS; mn12, Explorer, Cobra

15x10 Weld wheels with used pavement sprint car front tires(24.5x11.0-15) all around

96" wheelbase

2100lbs, a bit overweight but some easy drops up front once I get to it

But first, a dyno session...




Managed 7th on RAW first time out and found that my L/S was not so limited. That went right to the top of the winter list.


Working on a few other finishing details as well this winter and really itching to get back out at this point!

The_Jed PowerDork
2/27/17 10:20 p.m.

Chadeux Dork
2/27/17 10:25 p.m.

simon_C New Reader
2/27/17 11:17 p.m.

Hey cool! I love me a good turbo 2.3 ford.

classicJackets HalfDork
2/27/17 11:25 p.m.

Man. If this isn't some good motivation for me to keep moving on my own 2.3 turbo truck, I don't know what is.. Thanks for sharing, I look forward to reading the full thread later!

petegossett GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
2/28/17 5:46 a.m.

Hot damn!

Toyman01 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/28/17 6:07 a.m.

That's cool.

dculberson PowerDork
2/28/17 6:07 a.m.

That is one heck of a first post. Welcome aboard and congrats on having an awesome Ranger.

physician Reader
2/28/17 6:23 a.m.

That is a kickass truck! Do you have more chassis pictures so we can appreciate your fab skills?

STM317 Dork
2/28/17 6:36 a.m.


Lof8 GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
2/28/17 7:07 a.m.

More cool Rangers!

RossD UltimaDork
2/28/17 7:12 a.m.

I'm lovin' it.

appliance_racer New Reader
2/28/17 7:13 a.m.

I was , then quickly moved to . Now I'm off to craigslist damn it.

I noticed a very nice looking t-bird in the garage as well.

Gunchsta New Reader
2/28/17 7:28 a.m.

Excellent! Just excellent.

Mini truck turned race truck is a cool story too. I love all the truck threads popping up lately, you guys are great motivation!

edizzle89 Dork
2/28/17 7:35 a.m.

ive never been a fan of the early ranger's but damn it if that thing isn't awesome. GRM has shown me if you make any car into i big tire hot rod it can be awesome

maschinenbau GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
2/28/17 7:35 a.m.

Yes! I've heard so much about this thing terrorizing our local SCCA. Can't wait for the season to start up again so I can see it in person. Welcome to GRM, you'll fit in just fine here.

759NRNG New Reader
2/28/17 7:51 a.m.

Awesome build and check out loosecannons' thread for possible aero mods

gumby GRM+ Memberand New Reader
2/28/17 9:08 a.m.

Wow, thanks for all the kudos! Good to know there are people who enjoy my insanity

For more pics, everything is in the full build thread but I know reading thru 5yrs of build progress takes a chunk of time. It was pretty tough for me to condense it down! If you just want to cruise thru a giant pic dump, my bucket album is here: RaceTruck album

Feel free to link anything back if you find it interesting or questionable.

Aero, yeah! I have followed loosecannon's build on a couple different forums. Aero is on the radar, but I need to get a good feel for where the truck is now and where it needs improvement before I toss even more variables in the mix.

dropstep Dork
2/28/17 9:17 a.m.

Everytime i see a 2.3t build i miss mine! Squarebody rangers are also a weekness. Good thimg they all rusted away in ohio.

Jumper K. Balls
Jumper K. Balls UberDork
2/28/17 9:55 a.m.

Oh my yes!

java230 SuperDork
2/28/17 10:31 a.m.

Oh wow. Bad thoughts....

Burrito Dork
2/28/17 10:39 a.m.

That is fantastic!

Ransom GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
2/28/17 11:33 a.m.

Well that's a heck of a thing. Nice work!

Raze UltraDork
2/28/17 12:22 p.m.

Glad to see another 2.3T around, they're boatload of fun

gearheadE30 HalfDork
2/28/17 12:36 p.m.

Wait, that autox pic is at Walesboro! I'm really going to have to make it out more this year so I can see that thing in action. That IRS setup looks like it turned out really well.

EDIT: upon closer examination...you might live in my neighborhood. . Going to have to do some sleuthing when I get home, haha.

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