For this year's special Under Construction issue we wanted to do something a little different and dive into the owner's perspective to hear why they do what they do and have them tell us all about their journey first hand.
Many of us go through good times and bad when building a long-term project, but we don't always get to hear all of the behind the scenes stories that go along with these crazy builds.
We searched far and wide to bring you some of the baddest minis in progress for this issue, and these two Rangers are certainly at the top of their class. These two Rangers share a few similarities that are noticeable; they're both extended- cab body-dropped Rangers sporting 20/22 wheel combos, and both are extremely clean, simple, and smooth! And with help from The Little Shop of Horrors, both Rangers are exactly what we look for in near-completed projects for this issue. Some of the obvious differences are; the open engine bay vs. closed engine bay, the new-school motor vs. old-school motor and the sheetmetal bed vs. the wood bed floor. It just goes to show that even owners that share similar taste, styles, and shops, can be original and create their own works of art! So sit back and read what each owner has to say about their long trip on the road to this Under Construction Special.
Owner: Pascal Barone lV
Ride: 2000 Ford Ranger
Hometown: Metairie, LA
Hell Or High Water
Back to the start of this whole deal. This truck has been less about the particulars and more about the experience and friends from the very beginning. In 2003 I picked up this truck as a replacement to one that was rearranged by a drunk driver.
Hoping the truck would be a suitable stand-in, I quickly realized it just wasn't going to fill the void unless it had my fingerprints all over its filthy curves. And so the journey began!
My buddies Jason and Shawn Adams were, at the time, the only friends I had that were into building trucks. After a few fun talks and a lot of coaxing, I convinced them it was a good idea to help me make this sucker right and also let me use their buddy Val's garage. Sometime later, the truck went from a body-dropped, Toyota clipped stepside on 18s to a standard bedside piece of sweet machinery laying on a 20/22 Bonspeed combo. With a revamped and newly back-halved frame, Can Do Specialties custom control arms, and Moser axles for the narrowed rearend. I began to get a vision for the truck and knew for the first time where I felt the truck build needed to be headed.