Ken Wantland from Scotts Valley, California, sent us these photos of Ruby, his ’67 Ford Ranger longbed pickup, looking great after an eight-year, body-off rebuild. “Every nut, bolt, screw, all wiring and rubber items on the truck were removed and replaced with new,” Ken promises. With the truck disassembled, the frame and everything else that bolts to it was powdercoated. De-arched rear leafs, 1-inch lowering blocks, C-notched ’rails in the rear, cut coils and a 2-inch dropped I-beam in front bring the F-100 closer to ground level. The 18-inch solid aluminum wheels are from Wheel Vintiques, with disc brakes on all four wheels.
A stock 390 Ford with an Edelbrock intake manifold and carb powers the Ranger. The engine is bolted to a C6 transmission with a shift kit. The rearend is a Ford 9-inch.
“The cab and bed were turned upside down and 40-plus years worth of crud was hand-scraped off down to the bare metal. Then they were sprayed with Rhino lining along with the inside of the fenders and hood. We shaved the cab and welded the tailgate closed, adding a roll pan underneath. All seams and joints that could be welded together were. We shaved the front bumper and welded the bolts on the inside for a smooth look up front.” The truck went to Nor Cal Autoworks for paint, with white gold-leaf side spears added by striper Real Ralph. Inside, Finish Line Interiors wrapped the leather around a new 40-20-40 seat.
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