Photo: 1320 YouTube Channel
Photo: 1320 YouTube Channel

OK, so this is slightly different than what you will normally see here at Moto Networks. We like to give credit where it’s due. There are all different kinds of gearheads out there and each one has their own style. This LOWn Ranger is a mix between a low rider and a rat rod and at first glance it really just looks like a big bucket of bolts. But as you look more closely you realize there is actually a decent bit of backyard engineering going on here and all kinds of unique touches that ensure that there isn’t another vehicle in the world similar to this.

Photo: 1320 YouTube Channel
Photo: 1320 YouTube Channel
Photo: 1320 YouTube Channel
Photo: 1320 YouTube Channel

Starting with a 1997 Ford Ranger, this guy has chopped a full eight inches off the top and dropped the body at least six inches to where the entire truck is only 37 inches tall! That is barely over three feet tall and that allows him to drive right under a Semi truck trailer with plenty of room to spare. What I thought was interesting was the engine, its an old engine from a Ford Pinto of all things. Of course he couldn’t just leave it as a stock Pinto motor, so he decides to take a supercharger off the old Pontiac 3.8L V6 that powered cars like the Grand Prix GXP and slap it onto this Pinto making it a Frankenstein motor. No idea as to how much power it’s creating, but if I was to make an educated guess I’d say around 250-300 best case scenario. Really though, that’s not the point of this truck. The whole idea was to make the lowest vehicle possible and they have clearly succeeded.

Photo: 1320 YouTube Channel
Photo: 1320 YouTube Channel
Photo: 1320 YouTube Channel
Photo: 1320 YouTube Channel

My favorite part of the truck would have to be the interior. The way he has used old license plates as the floor and how there really isn’t any seats. When you chop the roof eight inches there isn’t room for the standard seat mounts so he ripped all that out and now sits on what appears to be a cushion or old blanket right on the floor. The huge steering wheel and gear shift lever just bring the whole thing together. Its probably one of the more uncomfortable rides that you could get your hands on, but there is no doubt that you would turn heads everywhere you went in this thing. So while this may not be something that we would do with an old Ford Ranger (we’d probably turn it into a pre-runner or something), it’s definitely one of a kind and took a genuine gearhead to build it. And that is something we can appreciate.


 

Photo: 1320 YouTube Channel
Photo: 1320 YouTube Channel

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