Nate Haskovec wrote a few of the most interesting answers we've ever read from one of our tech sheets. His reason for building his '95 Ford Ranger was simply "to drag." How much did it cost him to build his truck? "A small fortune" was his answer. But the most interesting side note on his tech sheet came in the section when we ask feature truck owners to recap their most memorable moment with their truck. Nate wrote about the time the mounting crossmember for the four-link ripped out from under the truck and he slid sideways across four lanes of traffic. We wonder if the nitrous-assisted 4.0L V-6 lurking under the hood of his mini had anything to do with the destruction of his truck's four-link? Surely the 100hp shot of nitrous flowing through ported and polished heads and out of the Flowmaster exhaust system gave Nate a penchant for doing smokey burnouts in his 'bagged mini. You don't get into a club that calls themselves Twisted Koncepts by mercifully driving a stock truck and not having a little fun now and then at the expense of rear tires and a four-link. During the eight-month-long buildup of his mini, Nate seems to have grabbed a hold of the entire mini-truckin' experience and then some. To see what we mean, check out the photos and The Lowdown portion of this story.
Owner: Nate Haskovec
Ride: '95 Ford Ranger
Hometown:Virginia Beach, Virginia
Club: Twisted Koncepts
The Low Down
Chassis/Suspension True to his mini-truckin' roots, Nate 'bagged the front and rear of his Ranger using Firestone bellows. To make sure his truck laid hard, Nate contacted Brislands to score its relocated radius arms and transmission crossmembers. He also installed a Brislands triangulated four-link rear suspension. To damp the newly adjustable suspension, Nate bolted Toxic shocks to all four corners of the truck.
Wheels/Tires Nate chose one of Alba Wheels coolest designs ever, the Blaze wheel, in the 18x7.5-inch size and then stuffed them into 215/40ZR18 rubberbands.
Body Mods The Paint Shop of Virginia Beach, Virginia, performed all of the body massaging. It shaved the door handles, emblems, body molding, and tailgate handle. It also installed a Ford Explorer grille and headlights to update the front end of Nate's Ranger.
Custom Paint/Graphics The Paint Shop also laid down the flamed paintjob using DuPont's Sapphire Blue and Metallic Purple and House of Kolor's Neon Green paints.
Interior Wills Upholstery wrapped a pair of '67 Ford Mustang bucket seats in purple and green vinyl and continued the sensory assault on through the rest of the interior. Auto Custom Carpets supplied the custom floor material and billet accents replaced the stock rearview mirror, AC controls, and shift knob.
Audio System Rockford Fosgate came through with all the equipment necessary to the minds of anyone sitting inside the cab of Nate's truck. An Ocean Audio subwoofer enclosure houses a pair of Rockford 12-inch Punch HX2-series subwoofers that are powered by a Rockford Punch 800a2 amplifier. A Punch 200a4 amplifier powers 5.25-inch mids and tweeters that are mounted in the custom door panels.
Engine/Drivetrain The stock 4.0L V-6 powerplant received a mild porting and polishing job for the heads and a Flowmaster exhaust system. A custom air intake and 100-shot nitrous system, along with fuel delivered from a 16-gallon RCI fuel cell, feed the hungry motor.
Owner's Quote: "I'd like to thank my wife Carli, Karl Neuse at The Paint Shop, Jusin and Ashley Traughber, and the guys in Twisted Koncepts."