Owner: Richard Bruner
Ride: 2001 Ford Ranger
Hometown: Bella Vista, OK
Club: Definite Obsessions
This red Ranger belongs to an owner who has never customized a vehicle with a bed on it before. Richard Bruner has built up a T-Bird or two and a VW Bug but has never ventured into the world of minis before.
One modification led to another, and before he knew it, Richard found himself hopelessly entangled in what would become an eight-and-a-half year commitment.
Back in '92, Richard was introduced to custom trucks through his brother, who was in a club called Sharper Images and had friends in Perfect10s, an S-series-exclusive group. Now, Richard's friends must be the inspirational types, or they must've spread the peer pressure on real thick because a guy who's into 'Birds and Bugs just doesn't go out and buy himself a truck on a whim. Whatever the case may be, Richard became the proud key-holder to a pickup and started piecing together an intense hydro setup, but a small fire erupted, which left behind irreparable damages that set progress back a good six months. On top of that, the truck was beaten up pretty bad after getting knocked around in a nasty hailstorm. With a positive rebounding nature, a decent check from the insurance company, and a clear perspective, Richard dove right back into the deep end.
With the help of a supportive circle of friends, the Ranger began its ascent from the ashes and the rebuilding process evolved into a top priority for Richard. With an air-suspension setup now in place and the hail bruises fully healed, fresh modification ideas were quickly drafted and executed to perfection. The fleetside bed was tossed in favor of a stepside, the Ranger's surface was given a close shave before being freshly painted, and the interior was outfitted with clean tweed accents.
Yeah, Richard may have found himself in a web of commitment with his Ranger given the fact that during the rough spots and period of rejuvenation, he was still writing a monthly check to his loan lender. When asked to reflect on the eight-year path to owning a feature truck, Richard offered a heartfelt confession: "Never again will I build something that I'm making payments on. I'm sticking to a solid build plan from now on." That's a great pearl of wisdom, but when the custom bug bites, it's near impossible to side-step the venom's effect.
Check out the Lowdown for more on Richard's infectious Ranger.
Wheels: 18x8 Boss 338
Tires: Nankang Sport ns-II 215/35zr18
Suspension (front): DJM control arms and Slam Specialties RE6 'bags
Suspension (rear): Wishbone three-link
Shocks: Nissan Hardbody
Compressor(s): Two Viair 480s
Frame mods: Custom-built notched boxed rear frame
Misc.: Custom 4-gallon stainless air tank and KP Gauges
Performed By: 3rd Shift Kustoms
Shaved: Cab seams, door handles, taillights, third brakelight, cowl, wipers, rear of cab wall, antenna, and emblems
Suicide Doors: Yes
Bolt-ons: '60-'66 Chevy bumper narrowed 15 inches, flipped, and shaped to bed
Misc.: 35x35-inch Street Beat ragtop, Street Scene mirrors, stepside bed, billet plate frame w/LED third brakelight, one-off web billet steps and stainless web grill
Performed By: Wilson Auto Body
Brand & colors: PPG Bright Red
Performed By: Wilson Auto Body
Seats: First-gen S-10 bench seat
Dash: Stock with tweed accents
Misc.: One-off billet doorsills and billet rearview mirror
Performed By: Hog City Customs
Head Unit: Alpine CDA 9884
Mids & Highs: Sony Xplod
Subwoofers: Two 10-inch Addictive Audio AA10V2D4
Amplifiers: Phoenix Gold Ti 1500.1 for subs and Phoenix Gold ti600.4 for mids
Misc.: Optima RedTop, custom billet web tray
Performed By: Endless Sound
Engine: 100-percent stock
Special Thanks From Owner
"All my club brothers and sisters, my parents for never putting me down, my ex-wife, Ricky from SD, Robert at Hog City Customs, and my children's college fund."