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1969 Ford Ranger Pickup

After many years of use in loyal farm truck service and living in retirement in the garage, Ron Allan of Lincolnton, NC decided the garage was no place for this 1969 F100 to die. He was ready to get behind the wheel again and burn up the roads! But this time he wanted something that was a little more gentlemanly with comforts, but with a rowdy side that could stay hidden. From the outside of the truck, you would not think much of it at first glance. Of course you would notice the cool Ford tow mirrors and great patina of the stock paint. Then you would start to focus on the square set-up of the Budnik wheels wrapped in 275’s all the way around, then you might start to get real curious.

Hiding in plain sight would be the fully boxed factory rails with a custom Fatman Mustang 2 style IFS and Ridetech Triangulated 4-link to help tame the Ford performance Gen 2 Coyote motor and 6R80 transmission. With the truck being 480lbs lighter than the Mustang the Coyote was built for, it can get rowdy very fast. This is countered by Wilwood discs all the way around and DCE MicroSteer electric power steering to help aim this missile with an impressive weight distribution of 51-49.

The Ranger has a very civilized side just as the Ranger badge symbolized in 1969. All the comforts are still there with Bluetooth radio built into the factory head unit to power the Infinity sound system, or the amazing look and performance of the Dakota Digital RTX gauge system. The Vintage Air keeps Ron cool as he uses the ‘69 for trips for work or takes the boat to the lake. The inside is as refined and comfortable as one can want without losing the charm of an old farm truck. This all while concealing custom touches throughout the project to bring it into the modern world.

Reliability, style and performance.
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