"I've always loved the box body Ranger, especially since there's not many of them around in the scene. People give up on them, but I was determined to get mine done" James Bauer tells us. And he's completely right about there not being many square body Rangers lurking around, but when we see them, especially one with such an oddball interior like James' truck, we take notice.
"Aside from the time spent with my dad and friends, and learning everything I did during the build, my favorite part about the truck has to be the '59 Edsel dash." Inspiration can be drawn from any source, even from one of the worst selling car models in American history to date. But what didn't float 53 years ago seems to work perfectly today in this little Ford pickup. The dash gods smiled down on James the day he decided to go parts scavenging at the local swap meet.
With the exception some upholstery work, James, along with guidance from his pops, built his truck in his parent's garage over the span of 8 years. And since this was his first minitruck build, the learning curve proved to be an obstacle, but nothing that James couldn't overcome. "I had to cut the back half off twice, redesigned the link setup twice, had it 'bagged on beams but holy camber! Didn't take long before I 'Yota clipped it. I really want to work on another one, but I wouldn't take nearly as long so I can drive it, but the build up is half the fun."
Naturally, after completion of any long-term project, there's always that moment of reflection, a moment that James used to share his inspirations with us. "My dad has always been my biggest motivator. He's always wanted to cruise and show with me, and now we can do that. Going to shows without a truck also pushed me to finish as soon as I could, but I still took my time. If you're going to build something, build what makes you happy, not what pleases others."
If you're going to build something, build what makes you happy, not what pleases others. "
Owner: James Bauer
Ride: 1992 Ford Ranger
Hometown: Bright, IN
18x8.5 Foose Nitrous (front) / 20x10 (rear)
225/25/18 Falken (front) / 285/30/20 (rear)
'92 Toyota clip narrowed 3½ inches, Slam Specialties RE6 'bags, Pinto rack and pinion with uniballs
'78 Lincoln Versailles disc brake rearend narrowed 12 inches, Slam Specialties RE7 'bags, two-link with wishbone
Dial chrome Viair 480s
AVS seven-switch rocker, eight 3/8-inch SMC valves
Custom with Toyota front clip, 3x3 under cab with 2x3 back half
Drilled and slotted rotors
Custom crossmember for exhaust routing
Shaved: Doors, fenders, antenna, rear cab light, taillights, rear bumper, door locks
Bodydrop: 3½-inch stock floor
Body Mods: LMC clear headlights, parking lights, and grille, 12-inch AVS spike to spike flush tailights
Performed By: Owner
Brand & Colors: Martin Senour Plymouth Prowler Silver Metallic (exterior) Granite Metallic (interior dash and doors)
Performed By: Owner
Stock bench with black roll and pleat stitching
'59 Edsel with cut ends and grafted to door
'59 Edsel speedo and gas gauges, Sunpro oil, temp, and volts gauges
Roll and pleat door panels, Lokar handles and window cranks
Dash by owner, upholstery by Wanda's Trim Shop
Mids & Highs:
Pioneer 6x8 three-way in rear, 6x9 in dash
Head unit in glove box
'98 Explorer headers, Cherry Bomb exhaust
'69 C4 from Ford Torino with B&M shift kit
'78 Lincoln Versailles narrowed 12 inches
Chrome alternator and underdrive pulleys, Aluminum Ford Racing valve covers, GT40P heads
Owner and father, Bill Bauer
Special Thanks From Owner
"Thanks to my fiancé for putting up with this stuff for 8 years and being there to help, all my friends for helping out when I called on them, you know who ya are, but the biggest thanks needs to go to my mom and dad. They've pushed me to "just do it" since I started and I especially need to thank my dad for getting me into such an awesome lifestyle. I wouldn't have been able to do this without your guidance dad!"