I bought my truck brand new as a 23 year old kid on Sept. 30th 2004 from Dean Stallings Ford in Oak Ridge TN. I chose the 2004 over the 2005’s that were available because I really wanted a stepside bed. 2004 was the last year for a stepside bed in a Ford Ranger. Since I wanted a particular color and bed I had the truck transferred from a dealer in Louisville KY.
I immediately started with slight customizations to make it uniquely mine and even began showing it in car shows. It did very well and brought home it’s fair share of plastic.
Fast forward 14 years and 223,000 miles later as a 37 year old, married, father of 2 beautiful children, I still love my truck. It doesn’t get driven as much as it used to but I still love cleaning it and keeping it up and driving it around town. I hope to one day pass it on to my son (who is just 1) just as my father did my first truck for me.