1971 Ford Ranchero
Other Car for sale in Boise, Idaho 83714
From around 1956 until the mid 1980s, Dodge, Plymouth and even Chrysler squads were the most ubiquitous police cars in North America. In fact, the biggest department, the NYPD, used Plymouth and Dodge squads almost exclusively until the rear-drive M body car was finally axed in 1989.
The no-frills Savoy two-door sedan was home to another engine of considerable repute, the infamous 413 Max Wedge, a Super Stock monster block Chrysler introduced in the spring of 1962.
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1971 Ford Ranchero GT Project Car
I have a 1971 Ford Ranchero GT project car for sale. It is originally from Bakersfield, California and then moved to my shop in Palm Desert. I estimate the restoration is approximately 2/3s completed.
I purchased the vehicle at the Pomona Swap Meet in California 15-years ago. The car was very rough, but drivable. When I arrived home I decided I was going to do a complete “frame-off” (although it is a unibody) restoration. After power washing the complete underside and engine compartment I began my work. I personally removed every nut and bolt from the Ranchero, bagging and labeling all parts. After disassembly I transported it to a paint shop in San Marcos, CA where the two extremely competent owners sandblasted the body (actually, using walnut shells) to bare metal. A very small amount of rust was discovered in the floorboard behind the front seat but was repaired completely prior to priming. No other evidence of rust could be found. A prime coat of DP-90 epoxy primer was the foundation for subsequent coats of primer and finish paint. The unique body panels were “block-sanded” a number of times to insure no “waves” and a flawless paint job. The Ranchero was white when I bought it but I changed the color to the original Ford Medium Blue Metallic, as indicated on the data plate. The paint job on this classic is contours quality.
The following are a number of significant improvements/restorations that have been completed and installed on the Ranchero:
- Rebuilt the original 351 Cleveland engine to standard specs.
- The 2-barrel carburetor is a new “correct” rebuild from Dearborn Classics
- Rebuilt the original C-4 automatic transmission
- Rebuilt the rear axle and driveline
- The front discs and rear drums have been rebuilt
- The front and rear bumpers have been chromed
- The front seat as been restored with the correct blue upholstery
- Various miscellaneous parts/systems, including the front and rear suspensions and gas tank have been restored.
- Every original metal part I reused has been sandblasted, primed and painted with the correct color from Eastwood.
Included in the sale is an extensive file documenting the restoration to date. I also have dozens of additional “hard copy” pictures documenting the disassembly and subsequent work.
Why am I selling this fantastic classic project? Sadly, I have lost interest in completing the restoration and I have other responsibilities that require my attention.
The Ranchero is currently covered and housed in a storage facility in Boise, Idaho where I live. I will consider reasonable offers for this classic beauty.
Classic Car ID101361791
ConditionFull restoration in progress
Custom ColorMedium Blue Metallic
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