Owner: David Jackman
Ride: 1994 Ford Ranger
Hometown: Raymore, MO
Club: Negative Camber

No, David Jackman, owner of this laid-out 1994 Ford Ranger didn't graduate high school in the Y2K, but he did take ownership of it about 10 years ago, and his 1989 Nissan Hardbody was featured here in Mini Truckin' back in 2000.

2010 is a pivotal point in David's adopted lifestyle, since he can sit back and reflect on the mark he's made on the scene he's been an avid part of since 1990.

The main reason David decided to build a Ford mini was the absolute scarcity of customized Rangers on the streets. Even though he thought the front end looked somewhat like a flaming trainwreck, he looked past the truck's flaw and saw nothing but a challenge standing in front of him. Another observation David quickly made about Rangers is just how awkward they are to 'bag. Maybe that's why there aren't too many of them rollin' low, but that was just another hurdle David was aching to take on at full speed. But before he tore into the suspension, he was having nagging second thoughts, so he actually ended up trading his Blue Oval away to his friend, Ty Zito, in return for his Mazda mini. After both parties agreed that they regretted making the swap, they pulled another switcharoo, and the Ranger was once again in David's possession. Ty had already started on the 'bag job, which placed David in a slightly advantageous position. Although he would've preferred to craft the air-ride setup himself, he did finish up the altitude adjustment with a sizeable bodydrop that plummets his Ranger low enough to make the protruding weeds seem like the tallest of sequoias.

With any monumental reunion, showing up looking like a frumpy old chump isn't going to one-up anybody, so David made sure that his Ranger was dressed to impress before stepping out on the dance floor. A fresh shave and some new threads were in order, and after a few years of sitting patiently waiting for the right hands to properly primp the Ranger's metal, David's ride was ready to boogie down.

When asked about the entire decade since his last taste of the spotlight, David offered up a great homecoming acceptance address: "I would've regretted not finishing it, and my kids would've been let down if they never could've gone cruising in it. I'm glad to have so many friends in NC who were willing to help me with advice on a truck I knew nothing about and who were down to get their hands dirty for no other reason than that I'm one of their brothers."

For more info on David's cool blue, rockered Ranger, set your sight on the Lowdown.

The Lowdown
Rolling Attire

Wheels: 18-inch Alba Blaze
Tires: Toyo Proxes 215/35ZR18

Chassis Modifications
Suspension(front): DJM Dream Beams
Suspension (rear): Pete and Jake's reversed triangulated four-link
Air Accessories: 3/8-inch SMC valves, Firestone airbags
Frame Mods: Step-notch
Performed By: Started by Ty Zito, finished by owner

Body Modifications
Shaved: Emblems, antenna, wipers, cowl vents, roof seams, front blinkers/fenders, taillights, tailgate and handle, rollpan, gas door, door handles, bed-stake holes, third brakelight
Bodydrop: 4 inches, by owner
Body Mods: Cowl-induction hood, Ford Ranger Splash mirrors, newer-style front bumper with 3-inch LED blinkers
Misc.: Street Beat sliding ragtop, one-off billet phantom grille by Carriage Works in Grandview, MO
Performed By: All shaving on truck by Kris Carroll in Arkansas

Paint
Brand & Colors: 2003 BMW Laguna Seca Blue
Misc.: Get 'Em Green flames
Performed By: Yo-Bob Graphics & Design in Columbia, IL, and Tracey "Chico" Shaw

Interior
Seats: Dodge Daytona seats with tweed/leather by Bob Sipes
Dash: Smoothed and painted factory dash by Chico
Gauges: Nu-Image white-face gauges
Misc.: Smoothed and painted door panels by Chico, custom-made center console built by Adam Weinrich, B.A.D. steering wheel, carpet kit from ACC, billet rearview mirror

Stereo
Head Unit: Pioneer
Mids & Highs: Rockford Fosgate
Subwoofers: Punch 8-inch
Amplifiers: Rockford Fosgate Punch 500X
Performed By: Owner and Adam Weinrich

Engine/Performance
Engine: Factory 2.3L
Intake: Cold-air intake
Misc.: Smoothed firewall, relocated Kinetik battery to bed, added new inner fenderwells then painted to match, stretched/relocated all of the factory wiring to make it safe to drive
Performed By: Adam Weinrich in St Louis, MO

Special Thanks From Owner:
"Adam Weinrich, LA Dave, Bobby Bell, Ty Zito, Craig Rowley, Joe Benne, Mike Brott, all my NC bothers, Kris Carroll, Robbie Bryant, big thanks to my wife Kellie, and finally to Tracy 'Chico' Shaw for taking my truck and getting it to the finish line!"

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