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1960 Falcon Ranchero 4X4

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  • From: Mesa, AAZ
1960 Falcon Ranchero 4X4
Posted by Ranchn62 on Thursday, August 10, 2017 4:44 PM

Just for giggles, I ordered a early Bronco kit today, which I'll "Marry up" to the '60 Ranchero. I'll have to lengthen the Bronco Frame a scale 19 1/2 inches, and make body mounts. Just like I had to do with the 1:1 version I built using a '62 Ranchero body, and a lengthened '66 Bronco frame. I've been wanting to do this ever since I sold the Ranchero.

Here's a couple of pics of the 1:1   Hope you like!

Not even dry, yet

primeredfresh paintprepping for paint

TnT
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Posted by TnT on Friday, August 11, 2017 2:09 PM

All i can say is" I WANT ONE."  I would love to drive that to work. Was a guy in louisville who had a rolls royce like this, and of course a few el caminos over there like this too. Looks like a nice straight body. Keep us/ me updated.

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  • From: Mesa, AAZ
Posted by Ranchn62 on Friday, August 11, 2017 3:01 PM

Thanks a lot! I wanted one tooo, so I had to build it. I found the Ranchero in an old Mexican man's backyard, piled high with garbage. Bought it anyway. It took a year of searching, but I finally found a '66 Bronco. in pieces, less the body. I wanted to keep it all Ford anyway. All my friends said I would never drive it, but drive it I did. Wasn't a steep hill it wouldn't climb, never broke the welds on the frame, amd it never left me stranded. Drove it for 5 straight years, every day to work. It's in Arkansas now...

I never liked the El Camino 4X4 clones.... the body seemed too narrow, and they were always "jacked up" too high. (my opinion)

REgards,

Dennis     Thanks for your comments!   : )

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Posted by Ranchn62 on Friday, August 11, 2017 3:13 PM

Here's a pic of the 302 I built for the Ranchero 4X4

302

TnT
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Posted by TnT on Friday, August 11, 2017 3:26 PM

Hell yeah. The el caminos did seem to be top heavy. Did you use the bronco driveteain?

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Posted by Ranchn62 on Friday, August 11, 2017 4:10 PM

Yes. The only non Ford item on the truck was the alternator, as it was soo simple to wire.

The rear driveshft was lengthened 19 1/2 inches, and when we were through welding, it was closer to square than factory new. The frame was cut after the trans mount... With the new paint, boy, did it get a LOT of looks!

 

 

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Friday, August 11, 2017 5:35 PM

Too cool I'm a moparman. But I also like others too rancheros torinos falcon Shelby other brands too always wanted the gen 1 falcon with a 429cj looks fun for sure 

Moparlover64

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Posted by Ranchn62 on Friday, August 11, 2017 7:04 PM

If I had been able to have my way when I was 16, It might have been different. My G-Father had a Coronet 440 for sale, and good ole Mom wasn't having it for her only son. First car? '63 Valiant, 225 slant-six, pushbutton auto. I'm the only one that I know of that blew a 225 slant six up. But Buicks were about to step into my life, the 1st being a '70 GS Stage One. Had several over the years, but that Stage One... well, you know.

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Friday, August 11, 2017 7:16 PM

My first was a 66coronet 440 2Dr ht second was a 63 ply belvedere both 225slant 6 I've blown 6of them up the belvedere had so much crank case pressure it sent the oil cap through the hood when it blew

Moparlover64

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Posted by Ranchn62 on Saturday, August 12, 2017 8:20 AM

That's awesome!   LOL!   I must be in good company, then. At the time, it was devastating, as it was my RIDE.... GOt over it with a '67 Cevelle SS Convertable. Sounds great.... wasn't.

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  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Saturday, August 12, 2017 8:53 AM

Nice " Rez Truck " ! ( I have Navajo friends in Kayenta who would have loved that 4X4 ) Why the 'Mopar family' never did a Ranch-amino I never know ( I know Dodge had trucks ) Just imagine a 2 doored '68 - '70 Coronet / Satellite wagon converted to a Pick Up ...? nice 383 / 440 ? Hmmm. Any scale resin wagon bodies anywhere ?? At least it ain't a Daytona clone (cough cough) ! ! ! LOL Whilst on the Daytona thing , I have a 1:18 diecast one with a Viper motor called it the  " Vipona " or ....." Da-iper " OH DAMN IT ! 

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Posted by Ranchn62 on Sunday, August 13, 2017 6:54 AM

Dodge did have a little version.... I can't remember the name offhand. It was small. about the size of a Suburu Brat. But they made one... As soon as I close this post, it'll come to me.

Dennis

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Posted by mikemodeler on Sunday, August 13, 2017 3:43 PM

Ranchn62

Dodge did have a little version.... I can't remember the name offhand. It was small. about the size of a Suburu Brat. But they made one... As soon as I close this post, it'll come to me.

Dennis

 

That was the Dodge Rampage, based on the FWD platforms of the early 80's. Wasn't much to them and not really a truck, IMO.

 

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Sunday, August 13, 2017 8:35 PM

Worked real good with a 340 stuffed in it if you could keep it pointed straight we put a 340 6pk in a rampage went drag racing not legally after wrecking the rampage we put the same engine into a Plymouth arrow we ran that one til the rods went through the block a whole year it lasted longer than it did in the wrecked demon we took it out of was a fun 2yrs

Moparlover64

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Posted by Ranchn62 on Monday, August 14, 2017 3:52 AM

I'm sorry that your're experiencese weere not as mine, but Thank-you for bringing back those names. USPS delivererd my Bonco kit today. Seriously? O n Sunday???? Yup. Taking inventory. and trying to put a build / paint schedle in time. 

It won't mirrir my '62 Ranch 4x4m but it'll be close...

REgards, Denis

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