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1998 Ford Ranger - Long Nights, Worth It?

Tim Sockness' '98 Ranger

Photography by , Wes AlIison

Tech Notes
Who: Tim Sockness
What: '98 Ford Ranger
Where: Roseville, Minnesota. If you've been paying attention, it's near the Car Craft Summer Nationals. It's the biggest and best car show on the planet.*

Engine: The 351 Windsor was punched to 383 by Gary at Magnum Superchargers in Oak Grove, Minnesota. It was built with SRP forged 8.5:1 pistons to handle the violence of the 6-71 supercharger and has a bumpy 244/254-at-0.050-duration cam. On the dyno, it made 683 hp and 635 lb-ft and was still making power past 6,000 when Tim first thought about purchasing an aftermarket block for the next build. "I really didn't want to blow the stock block apart right there on the dyno, so we stopped at 6,000," he says. The heads are from Trick Flow, the carbs are a couple of Holley 750s, and the headers were handmade and then coated by Jet-Hot.

Drivetrain: Down the line, the Ranger has a C4 transmission built by St. Croix Transmission with a reverse-manual valvebody and an A-1 Transmissions 10-inch converter. The rear is a 9-inch from a mid-'80s, fullsize, disc-brake Lincoln that was chopped to fit. For fun, it's packin' a spool and 4.88s.

Interior: It's almost done. So far, it has a B&M MegaShifter, Summit Racing plastic buckets, and a brace of Auto Meter gauges. There is no rear glass-you're seeing that right.

Body: Nate shaved the emblems, killed the third brake light, and pretty much did away with the stake pockets, tailgate latch, and gas cap door, then molded a roll pan-all while Tim supervised. Nate also took out more than 60 holes in the engine compartment and blocked his way to a straight coat of primer. Paint is next, or so they say.

Suspension: Most of the suspension was built by Tim and his fabricator buddy Dusty Ewing. And by that, we mean they built a jig with the same mounting-point geometry as the factory suspension, then fabbed up some tubular lower front control arms and a four-link. Jounce and rebound are handled by QA1.

Wheels/Tires: You can build your own Pro Street truck with 15x15 and 15x4 Weld Drag Lites, 165R15 tires, and 33x16-15 Goodyears, so get to it.

Thanks to: Dusty, Wendy, Nate, Lindsey, blowers, gasoline, and the CC Summer Nats. OK, we added the last three.

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