We're not in the habit of revisiting past feature trucks, but this situation's a little different. Aside from a few feet of framerail, this truck is a whole new build. It's hard to imagine by looking at the most recent photos, but you've seen this truck before. "Stretching for Success, " August 2006, showcased Shawn Giordano's Toyota, which sported Ranger bedsides, a 22R four-cylinder engine, and a wheelbase stretched to 112 inches.
After that first photo shoot, big changes took hold of the Toy. The 22R was shelved in favor of a 3.4 Toyota V-6. The leaf sprung rear suspension was ditched and a four-link took its place. These upgrades combined with Shawn's driving skill and a little luck took truck and driver to an overall win at an MDR race. It was time to jump up to a bigger league: Best In The Desert.
Best In The Desert (BITD) is a pro-level series that offers competitors the security of racing exclusively in the United States, entry fees that fall midway between MDR and SCORE, and chasing and pitting rules that create the safest racing conditions we know of. There's a lot to like.
Shawn's speed in BITD races raised some eyebrows, most notably those of Ford Motor Co. The Blue Oval approached Mr. Giordano and asked him if he'd be interested in campaigning under its banner. Shawn knew a good thing when he saw it, and the two parties inked a deal.
Since almost everything's been changed, we'll leave the details to the photos and captions. There are times we lose track of feature trucks and their drivers, so it was good to check back in and see that Shawn and his truck are still soaring.
It's all Ford under the hood these days. The 4.0 SOHC V-6 is already good, but this one be
Sometimes it's easy to miss the little stuff, hence the close-up of the custom-fabbed thro
The framerails and front suspension pickup points are still Toyota, so JD Fabrication's To
Giordano TIG-welded his own four-link rear suspension using chromoly tubing and plate. The
Way back when, this truck was a door slammer with a steel cab. It's all fiberglass on the
A custom steering knuckle is part of the JD front end. There's a Desert Specialties hub in
Vehicle: 2008 Ford Ranger built for BITD's Class 7200
Owner: Shawn Giordano, San Marcos, CA
Engine: Ford SOHC 4.0 V-6
Induction: Stock EFI
Exhaust: custom headers by Richards Performance, Magnaflow muffler
Transmission: Turbo 400 built by Culhane Transmissions, TCS torque convertor
Front suspension: JD Fabrication long-travel kit, Fabtech Dirt Logic shocks and bumpstops,18 inches of travel
Rear suspension: Owner-built four-link, Fabtech Dirt Logic shocks and bumpstops, 28 inches of travel
Rear axle: Dirt Tech 9-inch with 3.5 inch axle tubes, full spool, 40-spline shafts, Desert Specialties hubs, Wilwood brakes
Tires & wheels: 35x12.50R15 BFGoodrich Baja T/As on 15-inch Raceline Monster beadlocks
Other: KC Hilites, Momo steering wheel, Lowrance GPS, Mastercraft 3G seats, J.E. Reel driveshaft
You can't have the mother of all pitman arms without having the mother of all idler arms.
The older version of this truck had a Lincoln Versailles Ford 9-inch rearend. Currently, y
Fast then, and faster now.
It's roomier inside now, although ingress and egress have become trickier because you now
The rollcage structure is 1.75-inch, 0.120-wall 4130 chromoly tubing. Sheet metal adds int
Mastercraft 3G seats would never have fit in the old Toyota cab, but there's plenty of roo
Shawn's '86-to-'95 Toyota 4x4 power steering box is plumbed for a hydraulic ram assist bu
Damping duties front and rear are handled by Fabtech Dirt Logic shocks. Coilover and bypas
The truck rolls on 15-inch beadlocked Raceline Monster wheels and 35-inch BFGoodrich Baja