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The Legend Lives On -Drool Factor Ranger
Many of you already have heard of the passing of off-road racer and suspension designer\owner Larry Plank of Plank Motorsports (Sept. 17, 2000). We have been bombarded with e-mails, phone calls, condolences, and inquires about the status of Plank's four-link kits. The good news is that Larry's employees have ventured out on their own to form NewLine Products and carry on in the same manner, quality, and trickness that they have been known for.
Nester Berardi, Winter Douglas, and Jake Johnson are the three partners in NewLine Products. All were employees of Plank Motorsports who were handpicked and groomed for top-level fabrication. Larry would be proud - the temperature has been hot for these guys to perform. They have done so with the expertise that they achieved at Plank's. In between prepping race trucks and prerunners for the Baja 2000, they are building one-off tube chassis F-150 prerunners and finishing off this Drool Factor Ranger. The results speak for themselves.
Here's just a little tease of their new bolt-on four-link and the equal-length frontend on the soon-to-be featured Ford Ranger. The Ranger is equipped with a 500hp hopped-up Chevy 5.7L V-8. The chassis and the cab are a '94 with an estimated frontend travel of 20 inches out of equal-length I-beams with equal-length steering.
Their four-link bolt-on rearend achieves 28 inches of travel. These guys are based in Long Beach, California, and can be reached at (714) 269-9664.
You can be sure all of their vehicles will be featured in high-flying action in upcoming issues of OFF-ROAD magazine.
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