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1988 Ford Ranger SuperCab - Awkward To Awesome

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1988 Ford Ranger SuperCab - Awkward To Awesome
Photographers: Mike Finnegan
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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.

SPECIFICATIONS
Owners/hometown : C&D Fabworks (Chris Wrublevski and Danny
Guernsey)/Hesperia, California
Year/make/model : ’88 {{{Ford Ranger}}} SuperCab 2WD
Front suspension : C&D fabricated equal-length I-beams, 1-ton
{{{Ford}}} spindles, 1-ton Ford kingpins, King 3-inch
coilovers, 14-inch stroke, 21 inches of suspension
travel
Rear suspension : C&D fabricated three-link, Ford 9-inch rear axle
with nodular-iron case, 4.88 gears, full spool,
2.5-inch King coilovers, 14-inch stroke, 2.5-inch
King bypass shocks, 16-inch stroke, 25 inches of
suspension travel
Engine : Ford 390 V-8 with ported and polished heads built
by Arringdale’s of Hesperia, California; 400 hp
and 450 lb-ft of torque
Transmission : Ford C-6 with reverse manual valvebody built by
Trans Pros
Paint/body : Hannemann one-piece conversion front clip;
Hannemann bedsides; cut, formed, and beaded
rear enclosure panels by C&D/hoodscoop and
paint by {{{Sierra}}} Paint and Body in Hesperia,
California
Interior : MasterCraft seats and headrests; air conditioner
salvaged from a motorhome, supplemented
with a heater and defroster unit by Vintage Air;
headliner, carpet, and door panels by Angelo’s
Upholstery in Hesperia; GPS Auto Meter gauges; Panasonic satellite radio head unit; {{{100}}} channels; Rockford Fosgate amps; custom rear speaker enclosure by Al & Ed’s Autosound in Ontario, California; PCI Race Radio intercom; Garmin GPS
Special thanks : BFGoodrich, American Racing, Trans Pros, Sierra
Paint and Body, OMF, King Shocks, Al & Ed’s
Autosound

Sources

C&D Fabworks
Hesperia, CA 92345
760-949-3907
http://www.canddfabworks.com/

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