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9 Things We Want in a US-Spec Ranger Raptor

Respectfully Requested

Custom Tailoring a Mid-Size Off-Roader

By SID297

It’s been about a year since Ford announced that the Ranger would be returning to US roads.  In that time we’ve seen a few prototypes running around, and had a recent introduction at the 2017 North American International Auto Show.  Two days ago we saw the reveal of the Raptor Ranger for foreign markets, but it’s still debatable whether we’ll be seeing that particular Hi-Po Ford on our shores.  However, until we know something more concrete about whether or not we’ll be getting a Ranger Raptor here think it would be a good idea to delve into what we would expect from such a Ford.  This is our TOP 9 (Ain’t nobody got time for 10) List of features we want to see in a US-Spec Ford Ranger Raptor.

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Introducing the Ford Ranger Raptor

Not For You

Asia/Pacific market gets a Raptor

By SID297

BANGKOK, February 7, 2018 – The first-ever Ranger Raptor, Ford’s new off-road, performance pick-up truck, blasted out from behind its camouflage during an reveal event in Thailand today.

The ultimate Ranger is purposefully designed, built and tested to set a benchmark as the only factory-built performance truck across Asia Pacific. Designed by Ford Performance team for the true enthusiast off-roader, Ford Ranger Raptor strengthens Ford’s commitment to deliver “Built Ford Tough” pickup trucks to customers in Asia Pacific.

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Terminator Engine Gets a Little Emotional

Manley Feelings

Engine builder’s mood really shows through.

By SID297

So this is a weird one.  SVTP Vendor, and all around nice guys, Pro-Dyno recently made a somewhat interesting discovery.   While tearing down a Terminator engine for a rebuild they found that a previous engine builder had left them a little surprise in the form of eight smiley faces, one on each rod.

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Livernois Tuned – CobraBob’s Ford Edge Sport

Family Truckster

When you really have to get the groceries.

By SID297

Once you’ve owned a Terminator you’ll never be the same man again.  No matter what car you get next you’re always going to be longing for the raw-untamed fury that was SVT’s final Cobra (at least for the time being).  So what happens when you have to do the responsible thing and buy a new ride that’s a little more family friendly than a Snake Car?  Well if you’re long-time SVTP Member CobraBob (“Bob Arthur”) you turn to the 2.7L Twin-Turbo Ford Edge Sport.

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Father/Son Budget Cobra Build

SVT Power Play

Clean SN-95 with dead motor rescued.

By SID297

Just ask anyone who has talked future classics with me over a couple of beers, and they will tell you that I long believed that SN-95s will be the next popular project car.  For past 10 years or so the venerable Fox-Body has dominated the ground-up Mustang build market.  Alas, clean project Foxes are getting harder to find and more expensive to purchase if you do happen to luck-up on one.  However, if we skip one Mustang model ahead; clean SN-95 Mustangs (even SVT Cobras) can be had at bargain prices.

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