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Family Built 1983 Ford Ranger

Posted in Features on September 6, 2013
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The Coen brothers are filmmakers with a distinctive style whose work includes Fargo, The Big Lebowski, and Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? The Koehn brothers are fabricators with an equally distinctive style whose work includes the Ford Ranger shown here.

Nathan, Kevin, and Jason Koehn live in British Columbia, where the trees pose as much of a challenge as the rocks and all the obstacles are covered in a generous helping of mud. To get their revenge, the Koehn brothers carry a chainsaw with them on the trail and even made the bed of their Ranger out of wood. “That is my deck!” Nathan jokes. We would probably have a grudge against trees too if they dented up our trucks every time we hit the trail.

Tech Specs
1983 Ford Ranger
Engine: 5.0L Ford V-8
Transmission: T19 4-speed manual
Transfer case: NP203 and NP205 with Northwest Fab Doubler
Front Axle: Ford ball joint Dana 60 with 5.43 gears, 35-spline spool, 35-spline Yukon chromoly axleshafts, CTM U-joints, Dynatrac Dynaloc hubs, and Dynatrac Pro Steer ball joints
Rear Axle: Dana 60HD with 5.43 gears, 35-spline spool, 35-spline Yukon chromoly axleshafts, and disc brakes

Springs & Such: 3-link with Fox coilovers and air bumps (front); Pro Comp leaf springs with rancho rS9000 shocks and Koehn Performance & Fabrication traction bar (rear)
Tires & Wheels: 43x14.50-16.5 Super Swamper tSL/SXs on recentered 16.5x8.5 Hutchinson Hummer beadlock rims
Steering: PSC 21⁄2 -inch double-ended hydraulic ram, Chevy astro van power steering pump, custom reservoir and cooler
Other Stuff: Koehn Performance & Fabrication bumpers, sliders, and skidplates; Warn 8274 winch; custom wood bed

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