It isn't unusual for a full custom build to extend past the decade mark, but something must be said concerning 10-year-old modifications that remain relevant and are still impressive based on today's standards and trends. Jason Lazarus from Neptune Beach, Florida, has personally witnessed how the hands of time have gently massaged the quality of his Best of Show–quality '95 Ford Ranger. Ever since the tail end of the '90s, this tailor-made mini has been patiently waiting in various garages across the Midwest and finally made its way to the East Coast for its final stages of preparation and a well-deserved life of leisure in the Sunshine State.
The road to glory was, without a doubt, littered with gaping potholes and distracting detours, but it also offered the Ranger exposure to many sets of eyes that shared Jason's vision. During the truck's extended stay in an unnamed Indiana auto shop while it awaited a budget bodydrop in early '99, Shawn Krist of Krist Kustoms happened to catch a glimpse of the lone Ranger and made his interest in creating a completely one-off cockpit known. Jason admits that having the light-colored leather and suede interior work completed before the vast majority of the rest of the build was a logistical mistake. Considering sitting though the paint and prep process and the countless days of sitting idle in a dusty garage, the seats, dash, panels, and the carpet look amazingly well preserved.
After a few more flips of the calendar page, Jason's mini rig was Florida bound, headed to Mad Mods fabrication and paint shop, in Ft. Lauderdale. It was there under owner Robert Bauman that the majority of the Ranger's unique style was created. Everything that could be shaved off the factory Ford body was, and a few substitutions in parts were made to meet the desired appearance and function.
When all has been said and done, the long years Jason spent relocating his truck to and from shops across state lines was prelude to its recent grand unveiling and welcomed reception. The judges at SlamFest '08, the Ranger's first ever public viewing, awarded the truck with the Best of Show award in the mini category. Not bad for a show scene rookie. Apparently its 10-year garage sentence seasoned the truck just right. And as a side note, Jason's truck really hasn't made any more appearances after it was photographed three and a half years ago. It has apparently hibernated back into a dark garage—maybe its most comfortable habitat. Hopefully with the right weather and correct moon cycle, it'll make its way back under direct sunlight where it can win audiences over once again.
Owner: Jason Lazarus
Ride: 1995 Ford Ranger
Hometown: Neptune Beach, FL
Wheels: 20x8 Boyd Impact
Tires: 225/35R20 Falken
Suspension (front): Slam Specialties 'bags
Suspension (rear): Four-link
Control Arms: Chrome
Compressor(s): Viair 280
Frame Mods: Frame notched, rails smoothed and painted
Brakes: Stock calipers chromed and painted
Misc.: Stainless steel hard lines
Performed By: Owner and Mad Mods
Shaved: Everything possible
Bodydrop: 5 inches
Body Mods: Ford Ranger Edge fenders, hood, Explorer front end, rear combo skin, HiTek LED strip under paint
Misc.: Sliding ragtop
Performed By: Mad Mods
Brand & Colors: DuPont Tangerine Metallic
Performed By: Mad Mods
Seats: Wise Guys seats wrapped in suede and leather
Dash: Custom wrapped in leather
Gauges: Dakota Digital
Misc.: Mercedes carpet, Billet Specialties billet wheel
Performed By: Krist Kustoms
Head Unit: Denon
Mids & Highs: Hertz Audio
Subwoofers: 8-inch Hertz Audio
Performed By: Owner
Rearend Type: Stock
Detail Work: Chromed and painted
Performed By: Mad Mods and Hurricane Performance
Special Thanks From Owner
“Thanks to my wife for letting me keep the truck in the garage and Bob from Mad Mods for getting this truck finished."