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  1. C_garabedian89

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    Let's show off the second to last generation.



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  2. HuevosRanchero

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    This Pic lies so well..car looked horrible paint wise....now in half primer.....76GT fall2013.jpg
     
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  3. C_garabedian89

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    Digging those rims man. Looks good in white. Can't decide what color I want mine yet.
     
  4. HuevosRanchero

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    light colors seem to work well for this body style IMHO. Mine was originally the same color as yours judging by the paint code and the paint underneath the white. Hope to paint next year....maybe with a brighter silver or would really like a metallic white pearl but I understand that paint is expensive!
     
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    Sharp lookin ride
     
  7. C_garabedian89

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    What's grafted on go the hood?
     
  8. HuevosRanchero

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    would you believe Nova/Camaro SS hood grilles....? ...have since gone to the square style of the '69 Camaro. I just couldnt find a scoop to suit me and I don't have the skills some others here have to graft a 72 scoop onto my 76 hood.
     
  9. C_garabedian89

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    It looks good though. Gives it a little more muscle car look.
     
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    history shows 2nd to last 72-76


    1972–1976[edit]
    Sixth generation
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    1972 Ford Ranchero GT
    Overview
    Production
    1972–1976
    Assembly Lorain, Ohio, United States
    Body and chassis
    Related
    Ford Elite
    Ford Torino
    Mercury Montego
    Mercury Cougar
    Powertrain
    Engine
    250 cu in (4.1 L) I6
    302 cu in (4.9 L) V8
    351 cu in (5.8 L) V8
    400 cu in (6.6 L) V8
    429 cu in (7.0 L) V8
    460 cu in (7.5 L) V8
    Transmission 4-speed manual
    3-speed automatic
    Dimensions
    Wheelbase
    118.0 in (2,997 mm)[16]
    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. Most prominent was a wide semioval grille reminiscent of a jet intake and a new body-on-frame design. Three models were still available; the now-standard 500, the new Squire with simulated woodgrain "paneling" along the flanks, and the sporty GT. Engine choices remained basically the same beginning with the 250 cubic-inch six-cylinder and a selection of V8s that ranged from the standard 302 to Cleveland and Windsor series 351s, plus the new-for-1972 400. The 385-series V8 (the 429 for 1972-73; the 460 for 1974-76) was still available. However, all suffered from lower compression ratios to better meet new emissions standards. The 351 cu in (5.8 L) Cleveland could still be obtained in tuned 4-V Cobra Jet form through 1974. A four-speed manual transmission was available on Cobra Jet-powered GT models.

    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.

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      1972 Ford Ranchero GT

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      1973 Ford Ranchero 500

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      1974-1976 Ford Ranchero

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    I know what it says but the front clip is drastically different between 72 and 73, but I do appreciate your 72.
     
  13. 5.0 Chero

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    73 Ranchero Squire

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  14. C_garabedian89

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    That thing really got a 302 in it?
     
  15. Dan the ranchero man

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    yes it does. Mustang 5.0 with efi.
     
  16. C_garabedian89

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    Pretty quick?
     
  17. Dan the ranchero man

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    He would have to answer that. We have never met formally so I have never driven the car.
     
  18. C_garabedian89

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    I'm just not sure if I should keep the 351m in my 76 or switch it to something. I'm not sure what else to switch it to is the other thing.
     
  19. L.C.Gray

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    Gather a few off the shelf parts and turn that M into a 400. Get CHI aftermarket heads and intake and you'd wake it up a bit.
     
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  20. Dan the ranchero man

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    The 460 was an option in 76 and it would bolt up to your existing transmission. Even stock would make that beast get up a scoot. (Just a thought)You might want to ask yourself what you want to do with the car. Race, cruiser, show. that will help you really determine what you want to do with it before spend one dime on it. It also helps if you actually have a place to do the work. If not you might want to just get it running with the set up you have and enjoy it. Nothing it worse that taking all apart and not being able to get to it because of lack of a place to work on it (i.e working on it in a driveway) and it never comes together. basically what I am saying it put together a plan before digging in.
     

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