At the end of last year I wrote about a fantastic build to sell on Facebook Marketplace. Someone took a Ford Ranger and made it off-road with a pair of hydraulically steered rear wheels. This was one of the wildest Ranger builds we’ve seen in a long time, and now we know where it went. The truck is now in the hands of YouTubers who make the best use of the equipment.
The Grind Hard Plumbing Co The YouTube channel picked up the truck. The guys who run this channel rose to fame on YouTube in part by being different Power Wheels toys turn into terrifying, awesome go-karts and SUVs were then created funny videos with them. They also make all kinds of other silly off-road designs, like reverse bikes and even Teslaso this ranger is their number one.
Here review the truck we are looking at:
Under the hood is a 4.0-liter Cologne V6. It was good for 160 hp. and 225 lb-ft of torque when new, and the truck is said to have 125,000 original miles. The 4.0-liter engine was the largest available, and even then the truck was poor at best. Looks like he has a lot of work to do in this program.
The two rear axles are said to be from a military vehicle and hydraulically steered. The ad doesn’t say anything, but they could be 2.5-ton Rockwell axles like the ones you see on SEMA trucks and off-road vehicles.
These axles allow him to go around obstacles, and they can also help increase the truck’s turning radius. The seller never responded to my message, but luckily the guys from Grind Hard Plumbing Co are coming over to show everyone how it works.
The rear axles are independently sprung, and the hydraulic ram pushes the plate which rotates the wheels. All-wheel drive occurs through a differential.
And great, through their videos, we can see the thing in action off-road. It looks like a ball of fun.
When it was on sale, I wasn’t a fan of the bulky steel bumpers and diamond plating. It made something extremely sticky to me. Luckily, the guys at Grind Hard Plumbing Co raided eBay for a few parts to turn it into an advance truck.
Now it looks a lot cleaner and a lot cooler.
Other mods came in the form of shaving the frame behind the rear axles and new fenders that extend over the truck’s 37-inch tires. Additional changes await the team in the form of replacing the truck’s 60-gallon fuel tank and adding locking differentials when the going gets really tough.
The truck was presented at the inauguration eBay Motors New York Auto Parts Showwhich includes some other cool builds like Sidney Sweeney’s Ford Bronco.
As for me, I’m just happy to see this truck doing some really great things. It’s great that it ended up in the hands of a group that made it even better, and I hope Grind Hard Plumbing Co does even more with it.