It's taken Phil Fowler roughly 10 years to get his '92 Ranger to where it is today. It has undergone many transformations and changes, but it has finally taken on a shape that Phil can dig for years to come.
And there will be many more years of minitruckin’ left for Phil, as he is one of the most diehard, down-for-his-sh*t, mini lovers you’ll ever meet. And it isn’t solely the trucks that have kept him going this entire time: “I’ve traveled the country and made friends in places I’d never thought I would end up knowing people. I can’t imagine experiencing this kind of lifestyle doing anything else.” Phil continues, “There are many stories I could tell about the many phases of the build, but the times I’ve had with everyone in this community along the way mean more to me.”
Maybe it was all the traveling, all the innovative ideas he has seen at shows, or maybe it was just life’s distractions that got in between Phil and his truck. He does have three kids and a wife, and he has had to move twice during the course of owing the Ford, so spare time and extra spending money are more than likely the culprits. "It’s taken me quite some time to build this truck, but I have been around minis for a lot longer than that. I’ve seen the scene change so much, and fads come and go, but the slower pace helped me dial in my personal taste," Phil explains. It’s hard to argue with solid reasoning like that, since the product of Phil’s patience comes in the form of a Ford that touts ironclad good looks and flawless execution.
This past year at Layd Out at the Park, Phil finally introduced his completed decade-long work in progress. With so many pairs of eyes analyzing the smallest details, Phil’s nerves must’ve been wrecked half way through the show. The redeeming moment though came when his name was called for the Best Debut award—a deserving testament to the years Phil has invested into the minitruck culture.
Owner: Phil Fowler
Ride: 1992 Ford Ranger
Hometown: Clayton, DE
Club: Low Rollers
Wheels: 19x8 (front) / 20x8 (rear) Boyd Coddington Turbine
Suspension (front): ’85 Toyota clip, Firestone 2,600lb ’bags, drop spindles
Suspension (rear): Pete and Jake’s four-link, Firestone 2,600lb ’bags
Control Arms: Modified stock
Air/hydro Accessories: 3/8-inch SMC valves, 1/2-inch line, Viair gauges
Frame Mods: Full-custom frame except for the Toyota clip
Performed By: Owner and Kirk Simmons
Shaved: Handles, gas door, antenna, emblems, stake pockets, windshield squirters, cab seams, rocker seams
Body Mods: Full rear skin, full sheetmetal bed, pop-up gas cap in bed rail
Performed By: Owner, Jason Hurlock, Eric Foelber, and Pete Ryberg of Big Dog Customs
Brand & Colors: PPG Vibrance Series Orange Glow and Sterling Silver
Misc.: Graphics painted with PPG Rattle Snake and Tiger Eye
Performed By: Pete Ryberg, Eric Foelber
Seats: Stock seats chopped and wrapped in black leather and suede
Dash: Pulled and painted
Misc.: Door panels cut, ’glassed, and painted to match, then upper half covered in black leather and suede, center console ’glassed and painted
Performed By: Owner, Pete Ryeburg, Eric Foelber, Brad Wurzbacher of Driven Fab
Head Unit: Pioneer
Mids & Highs: Pioneer 6-1/2-inch in door panels, Boston Acoustics 5x7 in rear
Subwoofers: 8-inch Kicker
Amplifiers: Phoenix Gold XS4300
Performed By: Owner, Pete Ryberg, and Eric Foelber
Performed By: Owner
Special Thanks From Owner
"Thanks to Pete Ryeberg, Eric Foelber, Kirk Simmons, Jason Hurlock, Fred Green, PPG, Tom Warwick, Tim Pennington, and my entire Low Rollers family. Thanks to my wife Danielle and kids Sarah, Emily, and Anna for their support. There isn’t enough room here to mention everyone on my list, but thank you to everyone who helped keep me going along the way."