73 Squire project car owner in So Cal

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  1. Monk Daveohue

    Monk Daveohue In Second Gear

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    Well, exactly 8 weeks after I registered, I got full premissions today.
    I guess that is one way to keep out the riff raff. :)
    I want to thank the one member that expedited that for me. Or at least tried to. Handy Andy.
    And for his technical support in the interim.

    I bought a 73 Ranchero Squire at an on line estate auction two months ago.
    It was orginally from the Houston area then went to the So Cal High desert in 1990.
    It's been off the road since 1997.
    I almost didn't buy it. It had the wrong front clip, one from a 74 on it. I was afraid there was going to be
    some problem with the title. But the paper work turned out to be solid.
    I'm going to post pictures on the "Stable Forum"
    But, my luck being the way it is, it appears the 302 engine in it is bad.
    So I'll just mention any help finding me a good engine to get me moving will be appreciated.
    I have a Mercruiser 888 with a 302 four barrel from 1978 that I have been keeping "for just such an occasion" as Foghorn Leghorn used to say. leftfront.jpeg
     
  2. Jeff B

    Jeff B In Maximum Overdrive BRONZE MEMBER

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    Welcome to the forum. We are used to things that have sat for a while and you never know what you will find until you look. Previous owners can be straight up great folks, missing in action or something in the middle. Best of luck with your project.
     
  3. Monk Daveohue

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    Well, the owner passed on. He kept every receipt for the 7 years in the 1990's when he drove it, even the silicone he used to try to seal the windshield. I hope it works. It actually is raining today and tomorrow. The gas mileage calculations show 15 to 18 mpg.
     
  4. handy_andy_cv64

    handy_andy_cv64 In Maximum Overdrive SILVER MEMBER

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    Well, you're quite welcome. And BTW, the MPGs are in the correct range for a 302-2V engine.
     
  5. PonyExpressRider

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    Welcome, looks like a good one to bring back.
     
  6. Monk Daveohue

    Monk Daveohue In Second Gear

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    It had two if these wheels on the car when I got it.
    Covered by the cheap plastic hub caps that look not so bad from a distance.

    They are common on Bronco II's and Astro vans. They are 15 inch. They aren't really TERRIBLE looking. The almost remind me of the Mopar Rallye wheel, The AMC Machine wheel and the "So Rare even Ford Guys Have never heard of it much less seen one" Ford Rally wheel optional on 71 Cylones. I had a chance to buy a set of the latter, new in the box, at an auction.
    I actually have three 14 inch versions of that same Bronco steel wheel .
    One was 7 inch, the others are 6 inch wide.
    I might have used them on the Ranchero if I had not ruined them for Fords by milling the centers about a 1/4 inch bigger in diameter to fit Mopar/AMC larger hubs. And I over did it at that. So now they are not hub centric on anything. :(

    For now I'm using 15x 6 1/2 Crown Vic and Town Car Turbine wheels. I had four that I did not "modify" to fit Mopar/AMC.
    What do you think guys? Are these Astro Van -Bronco II wheels kind of cool, in a way?
    Oh, the hub caps they use do NOT all go on the same way. There are at least two variations.
     
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  8. Monk Daveohue

    Monk Daveohue In Second Gear

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    It had two if these wheels on the car when I got it.
    Covered by the cheap plastic hub caps that look not so bad from a distance.

    They are common on Bronco II's and Astro vans. They are 15 inch. They aren't really TERRIBLE looking. The almost remind me of the Mopar Rallye wheel, The AMC Machine wheel and the "So Rare even Ford Guys Have never heard of it much less seen one" Ford Rally wheel optional on 71 Cylones. I had a chance to buy a set of the latter, new in the box, at an auction.
    I actually have three 14 inch versions of that same Bronco steel wheel .
    One was 7 inch, the others are 6 inch wide.
    I might have used them on the Ranchero if I had not ruined them for Fords by milling the centers about a 1/4 inch bigger in diameter to fit Mopar/AMC larger hubs. And I over did it at that.

    For now I'm using 15x 6 1/2 Crown Vic and Town Car Turbine wheels. I had four that I did not "modify" to fit Mopar/AMC.
    What do you think guys? Are these Astro Van -Bronco II wheels kind of cool, in a way?
    Oh, the hub caps they use do NOT all go on the same way. There are at least two variations.
     
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  9. Monk Daveohue

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    Here is a view of a wheel of that type. Notice the tiny clips and that there is only three and only three holes, not five. Likely a reason so many hub caps disappeared from their wheels. There is often a shadow painted around the holes, but there is none visible here. Bronco_II_15x6.jpg
     
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  10. handy_andy_cv64

    handy_andy_cv64 In Maximum Overdrive SILVER MEMBER

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    Weight savings. Lose two screws, three ounces are saved. It all adds up. The secret is to use a teeny, tiny dollop of blue threadlock on each screw. They'll come undone with a regular screwy stick. Anyway, using the 14" Crown Vic steelies is close enough to the '72-'79 factory intermediate steelies that only the closest Ardent Ford enthusiast can tell the difference. And yes, the wheel rims are different for mounting wheelcovers and hubcaps. Joe's '73 wagon and '76 sedan wheels are very different. Why engineers can't stick with just one steel design, one bolt pattern, one hub center size, is beyond me.
     
  11. Monk Daveohue

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    Ford and Chrysler went to bigger wheel bearings when their venders went to different disk brake rotors in 1973. Other than that, things were pretty consistent. Mopar/ AMC wheels with 4 1/2 inch bolt circle wheels were always about 1/4 inch bigger in the hub than Ford.
    So, my factory Magnum 500 Ford wheels were useless on my other cars because, unlike most wheel, you could not mill out the centers. Now that I have the Ranchero, the perfect car to put them on, it is to hard getting big enough 14 inch tires anyway.
     

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