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'83 Ford Ranger

Here is a custom 1983 Ford Ranger. The owner, nineteen year-old Chris Helle, sent us quite a list of modifications and a short story. First, we'll cover the modifications and restorations.

The truck features four 14-inch American Racing Outlaw 1 Chrome wheels, chrome mirrors, running boards, a chrome rear step bumper, Phillips Color Black headlights, a PPG Paint job, and custom hand pin stripping. The engine is 2.3 liter engine. The real custom work is on the back of the truck, where a custom tilting, wood bed with hydraulics replaced the stock metal box.

Chris spent most of his time (any money) where it counts: on the interior. Inside the cab, you'll find 400 watts of sound controlled with a Kenwood Reciver. A set of cloth bucket seats keep it comfortable while 2 8-inch purple neon tubes, a neon shift knob, and 2 Strobe lights keep things exciting.

The story behind this truck begins 5 years ago. The truck was bought when Chris was 14 years old. It has been a non stop project. When first bought, the truck had no engine, no right fender and no cab corners. The bed was rusted away so bad that a blow torch was used to take it off. The wiring was completely redone and all the lights we replaced. The truck is driven to all truck shows and goes 30 miles to school one way, when there is no salt on the ground. It has also been something the entire Helle family has worked on along with half of the town of Farmington, Illinois.

Chris Helle
Farmington, Illinois
[email protected]

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