1970`s Ford Ranchero prices wanted

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  1. GRUMANIA

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    Many of the American aftermarket parts are forbidden in Germany as the Germans have their own rules for certifications.If everything fails I buy the same set of Cragar wheels that I have on my 65 Mustang.
     
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    This is the maker of the wheels that are on the Ranchero right now
     

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    Per "Ford Ranchero, 1957-1979 Photo History" by James C Mays. (2004)


    1972
    Ranchero was all new this year and what a looker it was! The sports
    car grille had a hungry look about it, that fierce kind that moved
    at lightning speed and ate El Caminos for breakfast. The envelope
    was sharply tucked and raked----the windshield carried a 60-degree
    cant! A high relief midline crease ran the length of the body and
    was further accented by a second crease that flared across the rear
    quarter panel. The long-standing Unibody was dropped in favor of
    full frame construction. Wheelbase was increased to 118 inches and
    tread was widened to 64 inches. Suspension was upgraded to full
    coils. The new body gave designers a chance to create a bigger box.
    This year Ranchero's bed was lengthened to 6.25 feet and was blessed
    with more than four feet of space between the rear wheel wells. With
    the tailgate down, a Ranchero could haul 4x8 sheets of plywood.

    In keeping with ever tightening safety regulations laid down by
    Washington, steel guardrails were integrated into the door panels.
    The base Ranchero was dropped and the entry-level model was now
    the 500. In departure from long standing tradition, its body style
    was designated as 97D and the price started at $2,850. The Ranchero
    GT listed for $3,201 was given the 302-cubic inch V-8 as its standard
    mill. Now priced at $3,330, the elegant Squire was bedecked with
    semi-transparent faux wood tone paneling that allowed the body color
    to show through. The wood trim was believable enough to make any red
    blooded beaver drool in its dreams.

    Alongside the Bronco, the Club Wagon Camper and the F-250 Camper
    Special, the Ranchero was shown on the last page of that year's
    Station Wagon brochure. In other ad copy, Ford's elegant style master
    truck was depicted at the beach, a seaside resort with a boat, a horse
    farm and a racetrack. Last year's successful White Sale Special was
    repeated in 1972. All of the 500's so designated came with flat black
    paint on the lower body and front valance pan. In late February that
    black paint was deleted. Available only in Gold Glow Metallic and
    Green Metallic, the haulers were crowned with a brown or green vinyl
    roof-up to that point vinyl tops for Rancheros had been limited to
    basic black or white. Body side molding carried a black vinyl insert.
    Front bumper guards and a no-cost interior package option upgraded
    the cabin on the special models.

    At the end of the year, Production stood at 23,431 units for the
    Ranchero 500, 12,620 units of the GT and 4,283 Squire units. That
    was part and parcel of a total of 735,370 Ford trucks delivered for
    the year.
     
  4. TestDummy

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    Weld makes US DOT approved wheels, now. Who knows if they did 20-30 years ago. Then again, I could make a wheel that passed DOT tests.
     
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  5. GRUMANIA

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    Still having problems with the wheels.
    My idea is to buy a set of original wheels.Does anyone know the specs, 14" or 15 ", 205 or 215 tires ?
    I still have a set of original wheels from my 65 Mustang, will these fit on the 72 Ranchero aswel ?
    Thanks !
    Ilja
     
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    By the way, does anyone know of a supplier for a tonneau cover ( soft type with press buttons )
    The German saddlers ask for 600 $ for a tailormade one............
    Many thanks
    Ilja
     
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    Based on what I have available... Ford Ranchero, Muscle Portfolio (1957-1979), Brookland Books, ISBN 1 85520 4614,

    Ford used 14 inch rims, either 5.5 or 6 inch, on the 1972 Rancheros, with G70-14 tires, which are available through Coker Tires.
     
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    Thank you !
    Have found the attached "Passenger paper", that came with my car.Lots of codes, including wheels and tires - but I am not able to decode it............ rancherodates.jpg
     
  9. 72GTVA

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    Per the build sheet above your car was originally equipped with 14" standard steel wheels with wheel covers and G78 x 14 Tires.

    Tire size rough equivalents are: G78-14 about equal to P215/75R14 or about equal to P225/70R14, and if you wanted a little more tread width you could go with
    H78-15 about equal to P225/75R15 or about equal to P235/70R15. I personally prefer the wider tread width, your preferences and restrictions on what you are allowed to do in Germany may differ.

    Magnum 500 wheels were available for your car per the chart below and those are available in 14", 15" and now 16" sizes (16" provides a wider range of tires of more modern construction if desired). I personally am running 15" Magnum 500 wheels on my 1972 GT with P235/70R15 with no issues or tire rubs or other interferences but I did mock up one wheel first and checked it on every position before I bought the tires (I had a very patient tire store manager assisting me). Today I would be going with 16" because of the aforementioned wider range of tires of modern construction and speed ratings.

    Wheel&Cover.jpg
     
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    Never fails to amaze me the info some on this forum have . Excellent.
    Denis.
     
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    72 cheats.
    He uses the top secret dead tree technology.
     
  12. GRUMANIA

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    I´m Speechless.......and wonder what more I would find out about my car, if I just could translate the build sheet
    Excellent ! Thank you !!!
    Ilja
     
  13. PonyExpressRider

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    You may need to contact Ford directly to get it deciphered... although I wouldn't be surprised if there isn't someone here that can break it down for you.

    https://www.ford.com/help/contact/
     

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