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1990 Ford Ranger 4x4 XLT - Emilie

Posted in Features on October 1, 2010
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You would have a tough time finding a Ford Ranger that has been through more than Rich Hobbs' 1990 4x4 XLT. Rich is the original owner of this beast, and over the past 20 years the truck has been rolled twice, salvaged twice, lifted big with a body lift East Coast style (when he lived in Maryland), and eventually converted into a prerunner. He named the truck Emilie, after his daughter, because in his own words, "Although she can be a pain in the butt, I wouldn't trade her for anything in the world."

When Rich moved his family to the West Coast, his love for Baja and the desert grew leaps and bounds. That meant his truck would also have to grow, as well as his welding skills. Over the past few years, Rich converted the truck himself-a hobby that would eventually lead to the start of his shop, High Definition Motorsports. We like this truck because it shows what the average guy can build in his garage on a budget.


'90 Ford Ranger 4x4 XLT

Rich Hobbs


Having a love for motorcycles, Rich informed us that he built the rear bed cage with enough room to carry his motorcycle where the dual spare tires are mounted. We would have shown you, but we didn't have a bike handy. Both the front and rear fiberglass is from Perry McNeil Fab n Fiber. American Racing 15x8 wheels are wrapped in 32x11.50R15 BFG A/T KO rubber. Rich painted the glass to match with spray paint in his garage, and we have to admit it looked pretty good.

2.9L V-6, K&N, Flowmaster

Dana 28, Dana 44, 4.10 gears

Custom extended I-beams, H&M Shackles, King shocks, Camburg plates, International springs


Stock with SS brake lines

American Racing 15x8, BFG AT KO

CB, PRP seats, Garmin navigation unit

Other Parts:
Hamstar lights, Optima batteries, Fuel Safe cell

Favorite Off-Road Area:
From East Coast to West Coast and south of the border

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