Owner: Greg Salatino
Ride: 1996 Ford Ranger
Hometown: West Middlesex, PA
Club: Exceeding Limits
Back in 2002 Greg Salatino was looking for an extra-cab minitruck and even though this one wasn't quite the one he was looking for, Greg struck a bargain and hit the road in his new Ranger.
At the time Greg was in the market for an Extra Cab 4x4 but due to his budget he settled for this standard cab 2WD. As his birthday present to himself and his very first vehicle purchase, Greg now looks back and is happy with his decision. Although he had zero intentions of customizing this truck in the beginning, eventually he grew bored with the truck's stock appearance. Greg came across a bunch of laid-out minis in this very magazine and he was instantly hooked. Greg was bitten by the same bug that gets us all and keeps us spending countless hours and money building these cool little trucks.
Greg made it out to Indy Truck Bash for his first show with the truck static dropped and after attending the show he realized he wanted to go much further and compete with the big dogs on campus. He vowed that he wouldn't settle for less than firmly planted on the floor, so he came home from the show and tore the truck down to the frame and started 'bagging his very first truck. Armed with only a few tools, and what knowledge he had read about, Greg laid his truck out in his garage. With a simple paintjob and basic interior he was ready to show for awhile more. After two years Greg saved up a little coin and decided it was ready for yet another facelift. Under the knife again this time a body drop, sheetmetal bed, full interior, and new paint, most of which was performed by Greg himself.
Building this truck meant a lot to Greg; the journeys it has taken him through have given him memories that will last a lifetime. He has made a ton of friends along the way and realizes that this truck and these shows made all of that possible. Greg would like to thank his dad, mom, and brother for putting up with him and supporting him while he built the truck. Also his buddy John for the first paintjob, CJ and Jeremy for the second, and everybody who helped lift and move the cab and bed 1,000 times. Greg is happy that his dream is finally complete and he can enjoy the fruits of his labor. We're sure we will see more from Greg in the near future. For more information on the mods completed, check out the Lowdown.
Wheels: 17-inch Limited 665s
Tires: 245/45R17 Kumho Ecsta 711
Suicidedoors.com 'bag mounts, Slam Specialties RE-6 'bags, DJM 3-inch lowering I-beams
Custom-made cantilever setup, Suicidedoors.com four-link, Slam Specialties RE-7 'bags
York 210 engine driven compressor
1/2-inch GC 450 valves, 3/8-inch air line
Custom-built frame from firewall back
Handles, wiper cowl, emblems, third brake light, taillights, roll pan, tailgate, cab seams, stake pockets, gas door, antenna, inside of the bed, firewall
AIM hood, APC headlights, custom-made grille
Brand and Colors: Valspar custom blue
Performed By: CJ Pettit and Jeremy Cyphert
Chopped and reupholstered stock Ranger seats
Handbuilt by owner and painted to match the body
Summit speedo and Air Lift air gauges
Raised tranny tunnel four inches, custom carpet, handmade center console, custom steel door panels, AVS switchbox
Head Unit: Pioneer DEH-P4000
Mids and Highs: Pioneer 6x8 three-ways
Misc.: Relocated door speakers under the dash
Performed By: Owner
Custom-made and relocated
Custom-made true dual exhaust from the headers back
Painted everything and relocated all wiring to under the dash
Custom-made core support
Special Thanks From Owner:
"Greg would like to thank his dad, mom, and brother for putting up with him and supporting him while he built the truck. Also my buddy John for the first paintjob and CJ and Jeremy for the second paintjob, along with everybody who helped me lift and move my cab and bed 1,000 times, and anyone else who helped along the way."