ELEMENT OF SURPRISE IS WHAT THIS ’69 FORD RANGER IS ALL ABOUT. Most people probably think this is a Ford Bronco, but it is far from it. To achieve this look, it took merging a ’69 Ford Ranger and a ’72 Ford van. Keith Kyker and his Kyker’s Rod and Kustoms crew discussed building this in a garage several times while building a bumpside truck for one of their customers. While having pizza at a local pizza parlor, they finally decided to go for it.
To get the frame on the ground, they started with a Chris Alston’s chassis with a custom 104-inch wheelbase and began chopping it up to achieve the look they were looking for. Slam Specialties RE-6 bags and a rack-and-pinion steering were used to lay the front at the proper ground clearance. Out back, Slam Specialties RE-7s and a Ford 9-inch rearend held in place with a heavy duty four-link complete the rear setup. A complete Accuair system with touchpad controls the adjustability. On the chassis, everything was painted PPG Bronze basecoat with 2021 clear to make it shine. To make this chassis stand out, it has a set of Billet Specialties 22x12 on the rear and 22x10 on the front with Lionhart LH-Five tires all the way around. An 8-inch booster with GM master cylinder controls the Wilwood brake setup with slotted and drilled rotors to make this Ranger stop on a dime.
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