Drive!|October 2020
A Family Name, a Family Build

THERE COMES A TIME IN LIFE WHEN A PERSON STARTS TO THINK ABOUT THEIR FUTURE IN A DIFFERENT WAY. Sometimes a young man decides it’s time to leave an impression on the people around him and his peers, or maybe start that legacy people will be talking about for years to come. For Ross Nichols, the journey to his family’s legacy was started years ago and in more than a few ways. This sleek black Ranger on these pages is just one of them.

Ross, a dedicated gearhead, has always had a passion for anything mechanical. He found himself spending lots of time with his Grandpa Jack as a kid. This is where his passion and training began. Then it was reinforced through an automotive program in high school and advanced at the Universal Technical Institute in Orlando, Florida. Soon after, Ross spent time turning wrenches and gaining experience in the industry by working for a couple different restoration shops in his hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana. This is where the true desire to become an entrepreneur and a leader in his community came into play. Naming it after his grandpa, Ross started Jack’s Speed Shop in 2015, and ever since he has set out to build that name into something everyone recognizes and trusts.

With a few years of running his own shop and a build or two under his belt, Ross was looking for the next big project to help advertise his shop and his full capabilities. He looked at an old project he picked up from a company he used to work for years ago. It was a ’69 F-100 Ranger that showed potential. So, Ross dragged it into the shop and started brainstorming. It wasn’t long after that he enlisted the advice of Jimmy Bullard from MRC Fabrication to get some insight on a good chassis for the build.

“It wasn’t long after that, when the project just sort of snowballed,” Ross admits.


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October 2020