Everyone wants a bodydropped truck—that's the ultimate goal, right? Forget all the trophies, clubs, and everything else, if you've got yourself a bodied truck then all is right in the world. At least it seems that way, most of the time.
Adam Carroll of Vandalia, Ohio, wanted to live that dream, but his ride history consisted of multiple 'bagged cars but none of them had a bed. He wanted to change that, and when the deal came along to buy a '98 Ranger that was 'bagged on 18s for just $2,500, he had to make it happen. Once the paperwork changed hands, he was good to go and cruising around with a big smile on his face.
As these things tend to go, however, all was not as perfect as it first seemed. The longer Adam drove the truck, the more he discovered that most of his new ride was either worn out or trashed just from years of use. It's just the type of thing that happens when trucks get sold away from the original owner. Eventually, Adam met Tayfur Demiryapar at Speedway, and the two would become close friends. It was Tayfur who helped Adam realize that his Ranger could be much more than just a neat truck to cruise—it could be a show winner. And, after much debate, Adam decided that it was time to rebuild.
Out with the old and all that. First came some basic maintenance to handle the little things like new 'bags, valves, and so on. Then came the bigger items. The 18s went out the door and were replaced with 20-inch Boss 325s. Then it was time for a big swap—the bed. See, the previous model was just a shell, with no bed floor at all. Once it was cut up into tiny pieces, they bodydropped a new bed and installed a custom floor to boot. Up next was the paint and bodywork, where a few custom touches were performed here and there, and the whole truck was then polished up with a spray job in that oh-so-pretty copper color. The cherry on top of this penny-colored cake was the interior, done in two shades of leather with a few painted accessories.
Today, the truck is complete, and Adam is a lot happier with the end result. Not only is he able to drive a bodied truck every day, but he can also show it and take home a trophy or two. Finally, all is right in the world.
Finally all is right in the world.
1998 Ford Ranger
Adam "Puddin'" Carroll • Vandalia, OH • Aftermath
Wheels: 20X8.5 Boss 325
Suspension (front): Slam Specialties RE7 'bags, DJM upper and lower control arms
Suspension (rear): Slam Specialties RE7 'bags, triangulated four-link
Compressor(s): Viair 550
Air/hydro Accessories: (8) ½-inch SMC valves
Frame Mods: Z'd front frame, rear bridge notch
Misc.: Custom fuel cell
Performed By: Mike Sturgill
Shaved: Handles, antenna, mirrors, tailgate handle, and fuel door
Bodydrop: 2½-inch traditional
Bolt-ons: Ford Edge hood, '00 Ford Ranger bumper and headlights, '06 Ford Ranger taillights
Performed By: Bodydrop by Mike Sturgill, other mods by Tayfur Demiryaper
Brand & Colors: Jeep Mango Tango Pearl
Performed By: Jason Turner
Seats: Stock bench seat wrapped in cream and tan leather with orange stitching
Dash: Stock, dyed factory tan
Misc.: Painted accessories, Auto Meter fuel gauge, Air Lift Easy Street air gauges, Aftermath billet rear view mirror, B.A.D. billet steering wheel
Performed By: Wicked Whips
Head Unit: Alpine IOA X200
Mids & Highs: Alpine 6½-inch mids
Engine: Stock four-cylinder Ford
Detail Work: Optima Red Top
Special Thanks From Owner
"Thanks to my family, Tayfur Demiryaper, Anthony Lesher, Jason Turner, Corey Greenburg, and Itdontstop.com."