Not being one to settle for “normal,” Ronnie Wells has spent the better part of nine years cutting his Ranger up to look like the trucks he first took notice of in our pages back in ’02. Even though there wasn’t another custom mini anywhere in sight in his hometown, Ronnie slowly started to craft his Ford to look like the trucks in the magazine and like nothing else in his neighborhood.
Ronnie has never built any sort of custom vehicle before his Ranger. The truck was actually given to him for his sixteenth birthday, and since then, it has undergone many phases before finally ending up looking the way it does today. “Being young and not knowing how to modify a truck the way I wanted, I realized I needed help from friends so I could learn. The truck was lowered 3/4 in the first year and ’bagged shortly after. It still didn’t lay frame, so over the next five years, the suspension was torn apart, redone, and bodydropped to get the rockers on the ground like I always wanted,” says Ronnie on the progress of his nearly decade-long project.
To further distance his ride from the mass of boring vehicles on the streets of his city, Ronnie chose a paint scheme that would carry a sense of sheer individualism. “I wanted the paint to look like a marble-patterned bowling ball, and I also wanted a set of wheels that would match right along with the color. Being traditionally bodydropped, having the type of paint that it does, and rolling on a set of 17-inch wheels, my truck might be considered old-school compared to others being built nowadays.”
There’s no question that Ronnie’s Ranger is different, and after spending nine years learning how to customize his own truck, he has since gone on to take on paint and bodywork as his full-time occupation. “Looking at everyone else’s minitrucks in the magazines motivated me to build mine the way I did. I spend hours at shows looking at all the trucks, and in my opinion, there isn’t a bad looking mini out there. Each has its own unique style.”