1975 Ford Ranchero 500
1975 Ford Ranchero 500
The Ford Ranchero is a coupe utility that was produced between 1957 and 1979. Unlike a standard pick up the Ranchero was adapted from a two-door station wagon platform that integrated the cab and cargo bed into the body. A total of 508,355 units were produced during the model's production run. Over its lifespan it was variously derived from full-sized, compact, and intermediate automobiles sold by Ford for the North American market. in 1972, a radical change occurred in the Torino and Ranchero lines. The sleek, pointy look of the previous year's model was replaced with a larger, heavier design. The 1973 Ranchero had a redesigned front end to meet new federal standards for front impact protection. Aside from slight cosmetic differences, the Ranchero remained basically the same until the Torino's final year, 1976.
It's not often that you see any of the mid to late 1970's classics restored back to their showroom glory, let alone a Ford Ranchero. Most were used as intended then passed on to eager teenagers who slapped on the best parts they could afford from the local speed shops and drove them into the ground. For consignment, a lightly restored and never thrashed on 1975 Ford Ranchero 500. Wearing a respray in its original color, very groovy 1970's upholstery, original sales invoice, a Marti report, and even an ownership history log through the years this Ranchero will be sure to be far out for years to come.
The beneficiary of a restoration sometime post summer 2011 this Ford just gleams in a nice respray of the factory applied Light Green and it's holding up well these 10 years later. While the car was fairly "beaten up" prior to its restoration no rust was present, and no body filler was used during the redux. Dual headlights sit outboard of a Vee canted eggcrate grille which floats in a sea of Light Green that is the header panel and lower filler. The big chrome NTSB mandated crash bumper sits below with the only flaw being a slight dimple in the center. Clean correct brightwork adorns the long slab sided body and include belt molding trim, correct script emblems and blingy wheel well moldings. This molding motif follows suit on the inset rear window and the entire bed is framed in more stainless. Speaking of the bed, a sprayed-in liner was added during the restoration and is still looking great. Correct emblemed dog dish caps and beauty rings adorn the wheels and are wrapped in thin whitewall Hankook rubber. As an added bonus a set of Ansen Sprint wheels with correct center caps and lugnuts are included with purchase. Good vibes man!
With a swing of the long well balanced door we are greeted with a dark green vinyl door panel with a vertical tuck and roll pattern. A chrome window crank and door release adorn this panel and a carpeted lower section brings it all together nicely. Moving inside we see a recovered split bench seat in vinyl that sprawls from door to door. Smooth green bolsters frame yellow tuck and roll inserts and not a tear is to be seen, (you just can't beat 1970's color choices). The original green two spoke steering wheels fronts a crack free dash which encompasses a 5 pod gauge cluster in black plastic framing. We note an aftermarket air shock gauge has been added to the far right pod. Just below are the heater controls and a new AM/FM stereo to the left and right respectively. Green deep pile carpet floods the floor and a tight green headliner hangs above. Can you dig it?
Lifting the miles long hood we see the original 351ci Windsor V8 in 2bbl carburetor form. Blue valve covers and a blue air cleaner assembly stand out in a sea of mild patina and a multitude of hoses. Bolted to the back of the mill is a C4 3-speed automatic transmission which sends power back to a Ford 9" 3.00 conventional geared rear axle.
A solid steel frame supports factory floor pans all showing just slight surface rust. Independent coil spring suspension is on the front and a 4 link with coil springs is on the back to provide the ride and haul the loads. Power front disc brakes work in conjunction with rear power drums to bring things safely to a stop. A new looking dual exhaust system sends spent gasses to the rear of the car and the Smithy's mufflers give it just the right sound. Air shocks have been added and are controlled from inside. All buttoned up and looking good, do you copy?
Sliding into the groovy 70's interior a twist of the key brought the car/truck to life. Performance was adequate, braking was smooth, and handling was good on our drive. We didn't make any trips to Lowes so we can't speak to performance with a full load but who's going to use this Ranchero to haul anyway. The air conditioning has been converted to R134A and blows ice cold. All functions were performing swimmingly at the time of our drive, just keep on truckin'.
A well sorted, lovingly cared for iteration of a truck that is rarely seen these days. Add in some vital paperwork, a recorded history of ownership, extra wheels, spare upholstery, the factory AM radio, and tons of fab 70's charm. With all the plusses and nearly no minuses this Ranchero 500 won't be idling long in our hallowed halls, catch my drift?
A-Atlanta, GA Assy Plant
H-351w V8 2bbl 143hp
149452-Sequential Unit Number
BODY 97D-Ranchero 500
COLOR 47-Light Green
TRIM CG-Green Vinyl Bench
TRANS W-C4 3 Speed Automatic
AXLE 6-Ford 9" 3.00 Conventional
DSO 53-Kansas City
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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