Fenderfab Ranger

FENDERFAB

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Apr 14, 2022
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Whats up guys. Figured i would document my build here for those interested.

Ive been building this truck for a little over 10 years. I learned how to fab on this truck. Alot of my original work was ugly, poorly executed and just overall wrong. Over this journey i have redone things multiple times and finally ended up where Im at today.

Originally i bought this truck and was just going to do a cage/suspension on 35s and keep it as a daily driver prerunner. That quickly snowballed and over the the period of this build ive had 4 different front end kits, 4 different engine setups, 3 rear axles, 2 backhalfs, 3 engine cages, etc. Finally i got it back up and running this season with a new powerplant.

Ill drop some pics and will start posting current updates etc as i continue on.

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the bodj

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I've been following this truck on DR and then IG since the beginning and have loved the way it's turned out. Super clean and it's been cool to see how much it's progressed.
 

theycallmeWALLY

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So rad dude... funny how 'it's done' actually mean's 'I'm ready to not have a retirement fund'.

Can't wait to see this beast in person. Is it carbureted?
 

FENDERFAB

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Thanks! its been a really fun project and been so nice to finally enjoy it this past season!

I guess i should give a quick rundown of the history!

I bought the truck from a highschool buddy it was his daily driver in high school- it was bone stock and he sold it to me for a grand.

I started off with the cage and an unequal camburg kit with 35s, a basic 4 link setup and a trussed 8.8 rear end. Single coilover on all 4 corners. I ran it like this for a couple seasons until i decided to put a v8 in it. I had an old 350 small block sitting in my yard and installed that with a th400 trans and this is where it all went downhill. I upgraded to 9" rear end and a better beam kit, 37" tires, fiberglass dash etc. The 350 lasted me 2 trips and it blew which of course i went bigger and had a 383 stroker built.

Not talking shit on my engine builder but i had nothing but issues with the 383. I ended up having to pull it out to get worked on over 4 times for issues i felt should have been handled the first go around. During this time i slowly upgraded other parts- fully fab rear end, another beam setup, new back half, bigger shocks, new interior etc.

This past year I finally had it with the carbd 383 and went to a built 6.0l ls that i built in my garage running on holley terminator. Along with that i upgraded a few other things.

Heres a few more pics that are current.

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FENDERFAB

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Small update- Doing some work this off season

Originally when i built the truck i kept half of the rear frame rails- i am deleting those and doing a standard tube backhalf. Going to be revising the shock mount locations and moving them up for additional uptravel. Adding a swaybar and other things in the rear.

Front end will be getting new camburg hubs with custom spindles im going to build.

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