680 horses, Fox shocks, and 39-inch tires are just some of its attributes

Resto-mod operations are fun, but this one here is some next-level shiz. What started as a third-gen Ford Ranger has been converted into a $350,000 truck that can handle anything thrown at it. It comes with a ton of off-road equipment, massive tires, and a big-block Chevy mill. This build was posted on AutotopiaLA’s YouTube channel and comes from a California-based tuner, RJ Fabrication.

What’s Special About This Off-Roader?

This $350,000 Ford Ranger with a Chevy Big Block is Not For The Faint-Hearted
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RJ Fabrication’s owner, Rob, said that he got the third-gen Ford Ranger from his brother-in-law. Rob spent over four-and-a-half years completing this project, mainly because he worked on it in the nights or over the weekends.

The highlight of this truck is the big-block Chevy mill that sits under the hood.

No, it’s not an LS; it’s an old-school Mark IV Iron. The mill had powered the likes of the 1970 Chevelle, too. A dyno test showed that the engine made up to 680 horses!

This $350,000 Ford Ranger with a Chevy Big Block is Not For The Faint-Hearted
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The truck looks quite radical at the onset. It carries a lot of off-road equipment and the body can’t hide it. Finished in a black shade, this Ranger Luxury Pre-Runner rides on 39-inch BF Goodrich Baja T/A tires. The truck also comes with Summer Brother axles with Fox shocks. The setup has a huge travel range of 20 inches at the front and 28 inches at the back. As for the stopping duties, six-piston, 14-inch rotors take care of that.

The cabin looks quite premium for an off-roader. It comes with Baja XP seats, aluminum dash, leather upholstery, and so on. There is a safety cage that obstructs the entry and exit, but on a truck like this one, it’s always function over form. Rob even mentioned that the roof was ripped off to install the safety cage and was then welded back on.

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The bed carries two full-size spare tires, which takes up the complete space. Underneath the carrier, however, Rob has built a small storage space to carry the essential tools. Since the carrier holds the weight of two full-size spare tires and lifting it access the space below can be a task, RJ Fabrication has installed pneumatic struts that make life easy. Overall, the truck weighs around 6,200 pounds.


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When asked about the price, Rob said that a build like this will cost anywhere around $350,000. That’s an insane amount of money, but this Ranger is an absolute beast of a vehicle and a true-blue off-roader. He also mentioned that the truck is street legal in all 50 states.

Watch the video to see how it drives and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
Associate Editor and Truck Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read full bio
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