Zero Dangs

THE ELU­SIVE RECLUSE RIDES AGAIN

Truckin - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - BY PHIL GORDON PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: PHIL GORDON

The elu­sive ’91 Ranger called Recluse rides again

The most in­flu­en­tial time of a man’s life is when he leaves high school: Armed with the knowl­edge of the last 12 years of ed­u­ca­tion, he sets out into the world to be­come what he wants. Chris Lind­say has been in­fat­u­ated with square-body Rangers since be­fore he had his li­cense. One of the most mem­o­rable square bod­ies for him was a ’91 Ranger named Recluse. While the rest of Chris’ life came to­gether, the Recluse re­mained out of reach.

“The Recluse was what dreams are made of,” Chris says. “I have strived to ob­tain some­thing of that cal­iber for 15 years.” Chris found that body style quite elu­sive, so he set­tled on pur­chas­ing sim­i­lar-style mini-trucks through­out the years. The Recluse had gone through six dif­fer­ent own­ers in that span of time, and Chris no­ticed it on a so­cial me­dia page and re­quested friend­ship with the new owner. Once they started talk­ing, Chris of­fered any­thing he could to ac­quire the truck, but the cur­rent owner wasn’t bit­ing. Chris then found a Nissan Xterra that once graced the cover of

Mini-Truck­inÕ and asked the Ranger owner if he would make the trade, and they fi­nally agreed.

The Xterra was a higher value to most peo­ple—but not to Chris. The Ranger owner added cash on top to make it even, but in Chris’ eyes, he was the one get­ting the deal. He fi­nally had the truck he’d been in love with since high school. Un­for­tu­nately, when he re­ceived the truck via trans­port, it showed the wear and tear of the past 15 years and six own­ers. Chris’ goal was to bring it back to its glory, but with a twist.

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