Icon 4×4 1970 Ford Ranger Remake is a Stunner

As Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven” comes across the radio, you turn up the volume and take a swig from your can of Tab. You’re in your trusty pickup headed to the drive-in theater for a double-feature. If this nostalgic picture has you yearning for the decade of disco, denim, and Watergate, then chances are good that you’ll love Icon 4X4’s newest addition to their Reformer series. The reimagined 1970’s Ford Ranger screams classic, but a completely re-engineered vehicle delivers modern performance and is ready for the great American road trip. 

A Modern Classic

Icon’s Founder and Lead Designer Jonathan Ward describes the creative process behind their Reformer vehicle series which are all built by hand in Los Angeles, California:

“At Icon 4X4, our Reformer series is a distinctly unique approach to classic restoration, and this new 1970 Ford Ranger is a perfect example of how we work with clients to completely reimagine trucks like this on every level. What we’re doing is rewriting history to a certain extent by creating a bespoke truck that can serve as a daily driver with timeless style, modern engineering, and none of the sacrifices commonly associated with conventional restorations.”

It’s hard to imagine anyone accusing Icon 4X4 of sacrificing on this build. Their 1970 Ranger is outfitted with a 426 horsepower 5.0L V8 Coyote engine, Eibach coil springs, and Fox shocks. Other notable build components include:

  • Twin-stick Advanced Adaptors Atlas II transfer case
  • PSC power steering
  • Four-link rear suspension
  • ICON integrated Dynatrac ProRock axles
  • Custom Hydroboosted sport brakes with Brembo components
  • BFGoodrich all-terrain tires on 18-inch forged aluminum wheels w/vintage hubcaps

Rest assured that the interior finish of the Ranger is also high quality. It’s fitted with bespoke aluminum and chrome knobs and bezels and Dakota digital gauges. A brand-new Vintage Air Gen IV HVAC system keeps things comfortable, but (at the customer’s request) the manual windows retain an authentic 1970’s pickup experience. Maharam textiles and custom leather from Relicate complete the interior finish by perfectly matching the original Ranger’s factory vinyl.

Visit www.icon4x4.com to learn more about their full selection of custom classics.



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Matthew Swartz is originally from Connecticut and currently lives in Denver, Colorado where he passionately pursues rock climbing, trail running, and skiing. Matt’s love of travel has inspired him to through-hike the JMT and part of the PCT, bike across the United States, and explore the West coast of South America from Ecuador to Patagonia. Matt and his partner Amanda have also travelled across much of the Western US in their 1964 Clark Cortez RV, which they lived in, on the road for the better part of three years. Matt has worked for the USFS as an Interpretive Ranger and Wildland Firefighter and Matt's photography and writing has been published in Rova Magazine, the Leatherman blog, 'Hit The Road' by Gestalten Publishing, and Forbes.