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2009 Top Truck Challenge Competitor: Scott Sidwell's 1983 Ford Ranger

With Drivers
Ken Brubaker
| Senior Editor, Four Wheeler
Posted November 1, 2009
Contributors: Douglas McColloch
Photographers: Sean P. Holman

Sleepless In Salt Lake

Awash in iridescent Chameleon Chrome Illusion paint, the Ranger was "largely constructed from raw materials" using "more ingenuity than money," Scott says. Among the home-fabbed components are the handsome 20-inch steel wheels, though the Smittybilt side steps, Light Force driving lights, and Warn 15000 winch are all stout aftermarket pieces.

If Scott Sidwell looks a little sleepy in this photo, it's small wonder. Halfway to Top Truck from his Minnesota home, his trailer was sideswiped by a passing car, leaving a mangled wheel-and-hub assembly in its wake. Delayed half a day in Utah, he managed to rustle up the parts to patch up the axle, and drove 800 miles nonstop to Hollister a day before the event. He arrived with his Ranger in the dead of night, a few hours before these photos were taken.

Specifications
Owner name/city: Scott Sidwell/Glencoe, MN
Occupation: Shop owner, Sidco 4x4
Vehicle model: 1983 Ford Ranger
Estimated value: $25,000
Engine/aspiration: 514ci Ford V-8, Holley 770cfm Truck Avenger carb, Edelbrock intake, hand-fabbed exhaust w/ 21/4 x 5-in collector
Transmission: Stock 4-spd w/manual valve body, TCI 2,000rpm stall converter
Transfer case: 3:1 hand-fabbed double-row #60 chain-drive
Suspension (f/r): Four-link, 9-in Skyjacker F-150 springs, semitractor-trailer shocks/four-link, 9-in Skyjacker F-150 springs, Gabriel shocks
Axles (f/r): GMC 2 1/2-ton military/GMC 2 1/2-ton military; rear "lead" locker, 4x.0.120-wall driveshafts, pinion brakes
Axle ratio: 6.68:1
Wheels: 20-in hand-fabbed steelies
Tires: 54x20 Interco Super Swamper Boggers

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