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DEARBORN - Michael Enderson of Pensacola, Florida, loves going to Drifting events, but being a Ford guy he got tired of seeing the same old imports out there. So he decided to buy and build a Drift vehicle that that nobody had – or would even expect. To hear how he created his 1996 Ford Ranger 2.3L Turbo Swap Drift truck, check out his email to us, below:

“Hello, Ford Performance! My name is Michael Enderson and I live in Pensacola, Florida. I found it boring going to Drifting events and seeing the same old 240's, BMW's and Miata's all the time. This is what made me decide to do something different. My goal was to build a Drift vehicle that you would never expect.

“So I found this 1996 Ford Ranger pickup on Craigslist. I have owned this truck for almost two years now and have just about touched every bolt. I have reworked a lot of bad work from the original owner and turned this Ranger into a true performer. It’s running and is sorta competitive but is still far from its true potential. Currently it is running 18 PSI, but future plans include a ported head, a Megasquirt system and turning up the boost up to 22 – 24 PSI. Below is a list of what I’ve done so far:

1996 Ford Ranger 2.3 Turbo Swap Drift Truck

1988 Ford Thunderbird 2.3-Liter Turbo Engine swap
Ron Francis Turbo Ford Wiring Harness
LA3 ECU with Large VAM and 35-lb Injectors
Volvo Front Mount Intercooler
2.5-inch Intercooler Piping
T3 .63AR Turbo with 50 trim
HKS EVC5 boost controller
AEM Wideband O2 with Pillar Mounting
E6 Exhaust Manifold with Stinger performance Exhaust manifold Flip Kit
Stage 3 Clutch with AMS Flywheel
Steve Schlodes - Ported, Polished, and Rotated 90-degree Intake Manifold
Walbro 255 LPH fuel pump
18-inch Spal Electric Fan with relay

DJM Drop Beams with Polyurethane Bushings
DJM Drop Springs
Polyurethane Radius Arm Bushings
1997 Ford Explorer 8.8-in.axle with TracLoc 3.73 LSD
Caltrac Racing Suspension Traction Bars
4-wheel Disc Brakes
18x10-in. alloy wheels with 245/45R-18 tires

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