Four years later, Travis had read a few stories about some builds being pumped out by The Little Shop of Horrors. He was impressed, to say the least, and decided to pick up the phone and talk to owner Eric Saliba about trying to modify the stock frame to fit the upgraded wheels. The two decided that building a scratch-built frame would ultimately be the best solution, especially since the 18/20 combo was a little outdated at this point as far as pushing the envelope was concerned. In just over 12 months, Travis had a true custom chassis that would easily accept the big V-8 and an even larger set of wheels.

With the Ranger really showing signs of progress, Travis’ soon-to-be wife gave him a four-month deadline to get it finished and driveable so they could ride in it instead of a lame limo on their big day. In that time, Travis and his small army of recruits made the seemingly impossible, possible. The day before the wedding, Travis was still putting in some last-minute work, but he got it handled. “The truck was finally ‘completed’, and the best day of my life was accompanied by a truck that has been with me for almost all of my life.” Now, how’s that for a happy ending?


Owner: Travis Dennison
Ride: 1989 Ford Ranger
Hometown: Delaware, OH

The Lowdown

Rolling Attire:
Wheels: 20x8 Bonspeed Clutch (front) / 22x12 (rear)
Tires: 245/35ZR20 Dunlop SP Sport 9000 (front) / 285 / 30ZR22 (rear)

Chassis Modifications
Suspension Front: ’92 Toyota pickup stock spindles
Suspension Rear: LSOH triangulated three-link
Control Arms: Scratch-built by LSOH
Shocks: Chassis Tech
Compressor(s): Air Zenith OB2
Air/Hydro Accessories: Accuair E-Level system
Frame Mods: Front to rear custom 2x5 square-tube frame
Brakes: Wilwood front six-piston calipers, rear four-piston calipers
Misc.: LSOH 16-gallon fuel cell, frame suspension and components powdercoated silver
Performed By: Little Shop of Horrors, Duffee Powdercoating, and owner

Body Modifications
Shaved: Door handles, cowl panel vents, antennae, emblems, mirrors, stake pockets, driprails, gas door, taillights, tailgate, firewall
Bodydrop: 4 ¾-inch traditional
Body Mods: Sheetmetal bed moved forward 1 1/2 inches
Bolt-ons: 2 ¼-inch fiberglass cowl hood
Performed By: Jody Hall, owner

Paint
Brand & Colors: House of Kolor Tangelo Pearl Metallic
Misc.: Flames painted with House of Kolor Pearl White
Performed By: Marek Horcic of Shark’s Customs

Interior
Seats: ’99 Saturn SC2 seats covered in suede and ostrich
Dash: ’98 Ford Explorer fiberglassed, smoothed, and painted
Gauges: Classic Instruments
Misc.: Billet Specialties steering wheel, window cranks, pedal covers, Bentley-style carpet
Performed By: 2001 Auto Upholstery, A-Tec Upholstery, Wil Shaffer, owner

Stereo
Head Unit: Pioneer DEH-P7600MP
Mids & Highs: Alpine Type-S
Subwoofers: Two Kicker X-XPL
Amplifiers: Kicker ZR-460 and ZR-360
Misc.: Custom fiberglass enclosure
Performed By: Owner, Wil Shaffer

Engine/Performance
Engine: ’95 Ford Mustang 5.0L High-Output V-8
Intake: Spectre
Header/Exhaust: BBK headers, MagnaFlow exhaust
Transmission: Tremec TKO 500 five-speed
Rearend Type: ’99 Ford Explorer narrowed 12 inches
Misc.: Painless Performance wiring, Powermaster alternator, chrome valve covers
Performed By: Ron Hurlow, LSOH, Jon Curry, owner

Special Thanks From Owner
“To everyone who has assisted in any way with the build of my dream truck. I owe a huge amount of gratitude to Jon Curry, who was by my side during the four-month thrash session, Eric Saliba, Marek Horcic, Wil Shaffer, Ron Hurlow, Terry Genre, Cecil Bowers, Travis Parks for selling me the truck, Lindsay Curry, Shelly Hurlow, and my awesome wife, Rachel. Without her overwhelming love and support, the truck would never have been completed.