Hello From South Carolina!

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  1. SouthCarolinaRanchero

    SouthCarolinaRanchero In Second Gear

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    Hi all.....or maybe I should say "Y'all" :D

    Moved to South Carolina last year.

    Just bought a "Back in Black" 76 Ranchero GT with the 400M C4. from a guy in North Carolina.
    Paint is DEEP Black and looks great! 3 or 4 layers of gloss black and 3 layers of clear according to the guy I bought it from.
    Needs some rear end work as I started to hear noise on the 80 mile or so drive home, was fine during the test drive.
    400M seems to run fine so far....not sure yet if she's using any oil but no blue smoke.

    Tranny doesn't slip but has no downshift at any speed so I'm hoping it's just an adjustment?
    Interior is about 90%, black also and seats and headliner and door panels are in good shape or new but most gauges don't work, have a molded plastic dash cover on order.
    Has new JEGS wheels and COOPER tires.

    Front end isn't real sloppy but can use some work I can tell, does have new shocks in front.
    I'll try to post some pics....let me know what ya think!!

    All i could get to post pics is of the wheel....says "File is too Large" for other pics 20200721_152912.jpg ??

    Thanks!
    Jerry
     
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2020
  2. handy_andy_cv64

    handy_andy_cv64 In Maximum Overdrive SILVER MEMBER

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    Pics are 1 MB max size, so resizing is in order.

    Make sure you look at the steering coupling at the input shaft. The originals used cast urethane, and it would eventually disintegrate. Is the steering like it goes off, and you have to almost oversteer just to get it going straight again?

    As for the trans, make sure it has the kickdown rod, and it's hooked up at both ends. If it's set that way, then yeah, it may need an adjustment.
     
  3. SouthCarolinaRanchero

    SouthCarolinaRanchero In Second Gear

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    How do u resize pics??

    Thanks for the tip on the steering coupling.
    The guy I bought it from said it had a new "Steering Box" would that have included the coupling at the input shaft?
     
  4. PonyExpressRider

    PonyExpressRider In Maximum Overdrive

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    Welc0me to the mayhem!!! LOL

    You will find plenty of information here.

    Almost any picture program will allow you to slim them pics down... I usually use Publisher.
     
  5. SouthCarolinaRanchero

    SouthCarolinaRanchero In Second Gear

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    Ok...Thanks!
     
  6. RancheroRandy

    RancheroRandy In Overdrive

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    I think I remember seeing your car for sale in the Charlotte CL? I bought my AOD (that I thought was a great deal but now not so much) from a guy at Tega Cay not too far from you....
     
  7. Saff54

    Saff54 In Overdrive GOLD MEMBER

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    Welcome to the site!great bunch of folks here ready to keep ya rolling!helped me for sure,I use the image size app,easy to use and free
     
  8. handy_andy_cv64

    handy_andy_cv64 In Maximum Overdrive SILVER MEMBER

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    The coupling's between the box and steering column, so no, it wouldn't be part of it.
     
  9. SouthCarolinaRanchero

    SouthCarolinaRanchero In Second Gear

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    I saw it on Facebook Marketplace......guy lived in Statesville NC.
     
  10. SouthCarolinaRanchero

    SouthCarolinaRanchero In Second Gear

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    Ok Thanks.....steering doesn't feel that bad...just slightly loose so I think it's ok.
     
  11. Jeff B.

    Jeff B. In Second Gear GOLD MEMBER

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    I have a 400M with C6 in my ‘74 500 with about 110,000 miles that I purchased in dry Idaho in 2008. Low compression from the factory and choked with pollution controls. I removed the emissions controls and replaced the stock cam, intake and 2V carb with a cam with a bit more aggressive profile (“RV cam”), an Edelbrock Performer aluminum intake and Holley 4V carb. I also installed Hooker Super Comp long-tube headers. It’s DEFINITELY not a drag car but the increase in straight-line acceleration is VERY satisfying!
     
  12. handy_andy_cv64

    handy_andy_cv64 In Maximum Overdrive SILVER MEMBER

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    Jeff B., do you know what gears are in your rear axle?
     
  13. Jeff B.

    Jeff B. In Second Gear GOLD MEMBER

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    I want to say 3.73’s (is that a Ford gear?) but will have to verify. I won’t be back home until the 7th. It pushes 3,000 RPM at 70 MPH.
     
  14. handy_andy_cv64

    handy_andy_cv64 In Maximum Overdrive SILVER MEMBER

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    With any gearing over 3.00 ratio, you should be able to smoke a tire, if your axle is an open diff, or both rears with an LS diff.
     
  15. SouthCarolinaRanchero

    SouthCarolinaRanchero In Second Gear

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    I doubt it has a 3.73 if it's stock.
     
  16. handy_andy_cv64

    handy_andy_cv64 In Maximum Overdrive SILVER MEMBER

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    Then it sounds like his has the 2.74 ratio. If the engine makes power, but the tire doesn't spin on a blip of the throttle, then that's likely.
     
  17. Jeff B.

    Jeff B. In Second Gear GOLD MEMBER

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    It takes more than a blip to break a tire loose, open diff. I know the gearing in my other vehicles but am having a brain fart on this one for some reason. I thought it was numerically higher than a 2 but wouldn’t bet anything on it.
     
  18. handy_andy_cv64

    handy_andy_cv64 In Maximum Overdrive SILVER MEMBER

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    Well, it had me wondering. And my use of the word 'blip' was in error; what I should've said was "Foot-Stompin' Music."

    My apologies.;)
     
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  19. PonyExpressRider

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    3.50 was pretty common back in the day... particularly with open dif's. :( Like mine. But I don't have a problem torching a tire... sometimes I can even get both going. How I don't know, but it happens.
     
  20. Mycuzinvinny

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    Now that's Funky!
     

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