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Icon's 1970 Ford Ranger looks original. Isn't

Icon doesn't just do Broncos y'know

Published: 06 May 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 pick-up 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, if not better than when they left the factory decades ago.

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Take this Ranger. All the oily bits are new. Power (426bhp, to be precise) comes from a brand-new 5.0-litre 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 tyres (wrapped around custom forged aluminium rims, designed to look like the OEM steel wheels) on the ground. The brakes are from Brembo, and there’s PSC power steering.

Inside there’s A/C, bespoke aluminium 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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