Discussion in 'General Ranchero Help' started by Engelhardt, Dec 21, 2013.
Can someone please tell me what year this is? I owned it in 1976 and can't remember the year model.
Its 2013 for a few more days...
.....the ranchero in the picture is a 74 to 76 year model
I would expect that from Sean.
It's FrenchFan's chero!
I know, Carl is coming around nicely.
Or becoming nicely round.
That goes without saying.
Anyway, that is probably a 74-75 Ranchero, if you owned in it 76, because Ranchero's became totally hideous in 77 until the end of the run.
welcome to the forum.
as you can see, you've met quite the crowd.
I think Carl already chased him off.
Pin me down to a guess and I'll say 76. But as said, definitely a 74-76 generation.
Agreed. And like I mentioned, 100% NOT a hideous 77-79 Ranchero. Those killed the whole model. Stupid Ford!!!!!
LTDII was an OK car, but not an OK half car half truck. Killed it, it did. They should have morphed it to the Thunderbird instead. It could have lived on into the mid 90's.
Maybe the early 90's, but no way past 1995.
Ok you stupid OLD FOOLS the Tbird and LTD II morphed into the same sarly fox unibody platform..........................so it still would have died!
But if they used the T-bird in 77 instead of the LTD II for the Ranchero, it would have remained popular and thus lived on. Man, you just don't get it.
Wasn't the LTD and the T-Bird in 77 essentially the same car with a different front clip?
Having had a 78/79 I can personally attest to their ugliness. I think the thing that really killed it wasn't that though, but Ford's decision to go with that Luxury/Full Size line for the Ranchero, especially with the gas crisis. They should have went back to the Falcon platform and kept that in the states like they did in Australia. Heck, even making a Pinto Ranchero might have kept the line going.
Using the 80 TBird platform for the Ranchero would have just reverted it back into the unitized rust bucket it was in the 60s. What killed it was popularity and cheap operating costs of the little Japanese pickups that invaded the U.S.
I agree Havensoul, they did pile on luxury goodies but those last Rancheros were still midsize cars. Ford was in the process of shrinking all their model lines going for that corporate fuel mileage deal. Look at a 78 LTD v/s a 79. The T-Bird, Cougar, LTD II suffered even more as they landed on stretched Fox body platforms. Why build a Ranchero that couldn't carry a sheet of 4' by 8' plywood ? Sorta' defeats the car/truck idea. Other than conventional pickups, the only things that continued the idea of holding that sheet of plywood were the Olds, Chevy, and Buick wagons that ended their production run in 1996. Funny thing is those last GM wagons are exactly one foot shorter overall than my 93 Lincoln Town Car. And the funky part is that my 93 T-Car is the same size as a 1966 Cutlass. I still remember what made a car fullsize and have a few stashed. Living rooms on wheels, YEAH !
Just pokin' a stick at the LTD II Chero folks.
Same here....and their ugly Ranchero's that killed the brand.
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