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Discussion in 'New Member Welcome Center' started by Kiwi-Guy, Nov 20, 2021.

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  1. Kiwi-Guy

    Kiwi-Guy In First Gear

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    Happy I can now chat with the learned aficionados of the American Ute.

    Current vehicle:
    67 Fairlane 500
    XL Ranchero, 289, Auto, AC, PB, Springtime Yellow, Black interior.
    Recently installed a 'Craftec' tonneau - lid style bed cover.....looks great, no domes on the bed chrome.

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    New chrome effect on the door panel trim, instrument bezel and XL dash lower finned trim, using chrome wrap, black sharpie pen and a sharp modelers knife....and a lot of patience. Sucked up some of that COVID lockdown time nicely.

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    Unfortunately someone must have been waving the cigarette lighter close to the socket and warped the bottom of the bezel... but I'm happy with the chrome finish.

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  2. LSChero

    LSChero In Maximum Overdrive PLATINUM MEMBER

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    Nice XL! Welcome to site kiwi.
     
  3. PonyExpressRider

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    Nice... Welcome!

    It can all be fixed! Its only money. ;)
     
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  4. Saff54

    Saff54 In Maximum Overdrive GOLD MEMBER

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    Welcome to the site,gotta love the 67s!
     
  5. Saff54

    Saff54 In Maximum Overdrive GOLD MEMBER

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    I have the same tonneau cover,not weathertight but looks great! F7AB96E1-62BE-4A5E-B4DF-6FBE45670B0A.jpeg
     
  6. Saff54

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    KG,I have a broken bezel I replaced with a better one a couple years back,ya seem like a handy guys out can maybe cut out your warped part and fit in a better piece?pm me if interested 24D85C8B-D4AB-4D21-B53D-A06CFCBD0EE6.jpeg
     
  7. Kiwi-Guy

    Kiwi-Guy In First Gear

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    Wow your 67 looks immaculate!
    Not sure how I'd PM you.
    Thanks for the offer, I'll try and secure a replacement like you have done rather than cut mine atm.
     
  8. Kiwi-Guy

    Kiwi-Guy In First Gear

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    I see you've blacked out the front grille...looks quite smart.
     
  9. Dyno

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    Welcome and nice looking piece .
     
  10. Kiwi-Guy

    Kiwi-Guy In First Gear

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    Thanks Dyno.
     
  11. Saff54

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    Thanks,I understand you wanting one complete,I do have another complete bezel with AC I’ve been holding on to,if I decide to part with it I’ll post in parts for sale,the pic I posted was from last year,since then I pulled the grille and polished it 737384FF-C290-45C2-AA2A-96309FB73051.jpeg
     
  12. Kiwi-Guy

    Kiwi-Guy In First Gear

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    Thanks, I'll keep an eye on parts for sale.
    Did you also strip the anodising and polish the headlight doors?
     
  13. Kiwirancher

    Kiwirancher In Third Gear

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    Hi Kiwi Guy , nice to see another NZer with a Ranchero join the forum . That’s a good looking Ute. I live in Gisborne and imported my 66 from Ohio in 2015. It has pretty much been my daily driver since. I also looked at fitting one of those Craftec covers but decided against it, mainly because of the restrictions it would impose. Look great though! I haven’t managed to drive my Ranchero to Auckland yet but will sooner or later as my son lives there. I have also met a guy with a 67 from there when he was down here visiting family - maybe you ?
    Denis.
     
  14. Kiwi-Guy

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    No.. the guy that bought it from photos, purchased it from a guy that had owned it from new in San Jose, (still got the black plates). He then decided when it arrived in Wellington that he didn't want it. He had packed the Craftec lid in the vehicle before it was shipped. I flew down, looked at it & drove it back to Auckland, where i've been mucking around with it over lockdown. I was also looking at a 66 in Hamilton, but it was a little beat up and rusty behind the cab, so passed it up.
    I was generally looking for a reliable ride to take down to Beach Hop in March.
    Previously owned a 67 XR Oz Fairmont 289 C4 - 65 Fairlane 4dr 302 4 spd, and a ground up resto on a 68 302 4v auto fastback Mustang, so Fords in general have been in my garage alot.
     
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  15. Saff54

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    I had the headlight and tail light bezels chromed a couple years back,good luck with your chero,I imagine you get a lot of attention when your out and about!
     
  16. Snoopy

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    Welcome Kiwi
    Loverly car. Hope all is well down there
    Regards Snoopy
     
  17. Clark

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    Glad you have joined us.

    Do you in New Zealand have all the terrific new UTE Rancheros like Australia? Gosh I loved seeing those.
     
  18. Kiwi-Guy

    Kiwi-Guy In First Gear

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    Yes we got them as they were released from Ford Australia.
    Both Ford Pursuit, Boss (Ford Performance Vehicles) & the Falcon Styleside Box, FG X, inline turbo 6 cyl models. Ford ceased local manufacture in 2016.
    Now of course, the Ford Ranger series of pickups are the most popular trade-style vehicles in both Ozzy and NZ.

    Check this out if your interested?

    One of the best though was the Oz built 1978 Ford Australia GS ute

    Google it and see!
     
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