This ‘Reformer’ Ford Ranger from Icon is fit for modern roads

As good as when it left to factory
by Tom Harrison | May 7, 2020
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Icon’s Bronco builds may be the stuff of legend, but it’ll work on pretty much any classic that rolls into its Californian workshop. As it happens, its latest creation is another old Ford—a Ranger pickup that might look standard, but on closer inspection is anything but.

That’s the point of the company’s ‘Reformer’ series: old cars and trucks that have been comprehensively re-engineered to make reliable daily drivers, but look just as good as they did—if not better—when they left the factory decades ago.

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Take this Ranger. All the oily bits are new. Power (426hp, to be precise) comes from a brand-new 5.0-liter Ford V8, which is married to an AOD automatic transmission. An Advance Adapters Atlas II transfer case splits power between Dynatrac ProRock axles, while Eibach springs and Fox shocks keep the BF Goodrich all-terrain tires (wrapped around custom forged aluminum rims, designed to look like the OEM steel wheels) on the ground. The brakes are from Brembo, and there’s PSC power steering.

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Inside, there’s A/C, bespoke aluminum switchgear, and digital gauges. No electric windows, though—the owner didn’t want them. Meanwhile the upholstery, hand-stitched in-house, uses special leathers and textiles to match the factory vinyl.

It’s gorgeous, isn’t it?

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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