If we only had more teachers like Rick "Teach" Piomack of Eastpointe, MI. The ways of the mini-trucker could be taught to kids from a young age and Power Wheels would be dragging like mad. Rick's example of choice is his body-dropped '94 Ford Ranger Splash.

Growing up in the Michigan automotive scene, as well as his car seat being situated in the back of his dad's '57 Pontiac Chieftain, gave him an early love for customs. Being in college with his Ranger and not rolling in the dough, the simplest of simple would have to do: static drop, baby. That is, until he graduated.

After graduation and being the newest teacher in the Detroit area, the money situation was finally falling into place. Rick found himself at the Pontiac dealership looking to buy a brand new GTT Grand Prix. With the Ranger keys in hand, ready to pass on, Rick started getting second thoughts. While the salesman went inside to print out those ever-so-important pages ending in x's with dotted lines, Rick came to his senses and took off with no warning.

Now back in his reliable and trusty Ranger, a lower stance was in order. Wanting to go extreme, Rick had his buddy and mini-truckin' mentor Mark Qualls get down on some serious rocker rearranging. Being around hot rods all of his life, but never able to afford one, Rick knew the style his mini would have to be: old school! Mighway does that to a T and then some.

The Lowdown

Rolling Attire
Wheels: 15-inch Vintage Classic Wheels
Backspace: 5 inch
Tires: 2.5 Diamond Back Wide Whites

Chassis Modifications
Suspension type (air, hydros, etc): air
Rear suspension: Art Morrison chrome four-link
Airbag type and size: Airlift 2B6
Control arms: Bell Tech I-beams
Shocks: Bell Tech Nitrodrop shocks
Valves: SMC valves
Compressor(s): Air Lift Commander engine driven and a Viair 450
Frame mods: ART monster notch
Performed by: Mark Qualls of Insane Urethane
City/state: Fraser, Michigan

Body Modifications
Shaved: door handles, antenna, third brake light, emblems, and tailgate handle
Body dropped: 3-3/4 inches
Back end: Sir Michael's roll pan
Exterior bolt-ons: Street Scene Speed grille, Sherman products front bumper, and headlights
Misc: Autoloc poppers and actuators
Performed by: Mark Qualls of Insane Urethane, owner, and Rick's father
City/state: Fraser, Michigan

Paint
Brand and colors: Dupont Ivory, and House of Kolor Sunset Pearl and Cinnamon flames
Style: flames
Pinstriping: Dupont Ivory with Sunset Pearl
Airbrushing: Porsche silver outlining flames
Performed by: Mark Qualls
City/state: Fraser, MI

Interior
Seats: Wise Guy buckets
Material: Adobe Ultraleather and bone
Dash: smoothed, fiberglassed, and painted
Door panels: fiberglasses, painted and upholstered
Center console: custom console painted Sunset Pearl with hidden storage
Flooring: Porsche silver knit carpet
Gauges: Airlift air gauge with APC whiteface gauges
Misc: PS2
Performed by: Shawn Krist of Krist Kustoms
City/state: Fort Worth, TX

Stereo
Head unit: Kenwood Excelon
Mids & highs: all Alpine mounted in stock locations
Amplifier for mids & highs: Alpine
Custom fabrication: TVs in visors
Performed by: Purple Jay at Mickey Shore
City/state: Roseville, MI

Engine/Performance
Rearend type: Ford 8-1/2-inch
Intake: modified '98 Tremor intake
Header/exhaust: Flowmaster
Battery: Optima Yellow Top
Location: console in the rear of extended cab

Special Thanks
Mark Qualls, father (Rick Piornack), Purple Jay, Joe Riti, Michigan Negative Camber, Don Diornack and Cookie at Ritter Metalcraft