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1988 Ford Ranger SuperCab - Awkward To Awesome

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Kevin Blumer | Writer
Posted June 1, 2004
Photographers: Mike Finnegan

C&D Fabworks Found A Desert Weapon Inside A Lowly Stocker

You've seen the kid: awkward, pencil-necked, and unsure. Ill-fitting clothes hang loosely over a lanky frame that's more skin and bones than muscle. Lunch money frequently ends up in the wrong hands, and each trip down the hall between classes is a minefield of bullies. Perhaps you are that kid. You've also seen the truck: painfully stock. Original-equipment wheels spin too-tiny rubber donuts with sidewalls accented by an emaciated white strip masquerading as a whitewall. A milk-toast V-6 plopped between stock framerails pumps out Shetlands instead of Clydesdales. The suspension bottoms over parking lot speed bumps and rolled-up newspapers. Perhaps this is your truck.

A look back into the life of many successful people reveals rough goings during a frustrated adolescence. Sooner or later, each found his or her talents and developed them into a force to be reckoned with. The world took notice.

When this Ford Ranger came to life in 1988, it had potential. The SuperCab meant comfort and enclosed, lockable space. The I-beam front suspension offered rugged dependability and long-travel possibilities. The stock framerails' narrow separation was perfect for attaching outboard link pivots to. Finally, the SuperCab's wheelbase meant high-speed stability.

When Chris Wrublevski and Danny Guernsey happened across this '88 SuperCab, they saw a desert weapon in an embryonic stage. More than a decade ago, C&D met through mutual off-roading acquaintances and spent many an afternoon skimming over the whooped-out trails near Hesperia, California, astride dirt bikes. Eventually, the guys interests turned to four-wheeled fun. As with many fabrication shop owners, Chris and Danny got their start working out of their respective garages. When their skills were developed enough and the time was right, they opened their High Desert fab shop in Hesperia. Five years later, C&D's commitment to excellence is as strong as ever.

With 20 years of combined experience between them, Chris and Danny knew the formula for transforming the truck: Mix equal-length I-beams with a long-travel rear three-link, add blue King shocks at all four corners, connect everything with 1.75-inch 4130 chrome-moly tubing, and stir. Since prerunners aren't bound by the engine-size limits of racing classes, the crew added a final ingredient to scorch the mouth of anyone wanting a taste of this pumped-up Ranger: a 390ci Ford V-8.

Look for the C&D Ranger at MDR races; the Off-Road Expo; the SCORE contingency; the BITD contingency; and the fast, unpaved Mojave Desert. This Ranger's talents have been discovered and developed by C&D Fabworks. The world is indeed taking notice.

Sources

C&D Fabworks
Hesperia, CA 92345
760-949-3907
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