Chris Johnson from Pompano Beach, Florida, is new to the minitruckin' scene, having attended his first show only 2-1/2 years ago. Amazingly, he is now featured in his favorite magazine, in large part thanks to the domino effect.
Shortly after attending his first event, Chris set his sights on building a truck that would become a magazine-quality ride. As luck would have it, he met Jeremy Miranda from Miranda Built in Fort Lauderdale. Not long after, the pair worked out a comprehensive list of chassis mods to his '98 Ford Ranger. Once the frame was 'bagged, slammed, and four-linked, Jeremy introduced Chris to Clint Jack at The Shop in Pompano Beach. Clint, an upholstery 'wiz and stereo expert, stitched the orange suede and charcoal vinyl interior, then installed the custom JVC, JL Audio, and Focal stereo system; complete with elaborate fiberglass center console and a sub enclosure.
Owner: Chris Johnson Ride: '98 Ford Ranger Hometown: Pompano Beach, FL Club: Aftermath
Next, Chris' good friend, Eddy Rodriguez, who is from E Rod Customs and the Body Spot in Pompano Beach, added his expertise. Eddy smoothed the truck and accomplished the multiple body mods, then shot the PPG Deep Atlantic Blue paintjob. Once the paint was complete, Clint connected Chris with airbrush artist Al Capone at Capone Designs in Deerfield Beach, who sprayed the intricate tribal orange graphics inside and out, along with the crosshatched pinstriping. The final step was minimizing the remaining daylight underneath the Ranger with Scrape-N-Customs from Edgewater, which came to the rescue by Z'ing the front clip.
Each one of these talented craftsmen was able to implement Chris' designs together, thereby creating the truck of his dreams. Now that it's done, besides having an award-winning Ranger, we asked what Chris liked best. Chris replied, "The truck is great, but one of the best parts of the build was making all the great friendships along the way."
We know what you mean, Chris. Welcome to the minitruckin' lifestyle.