Discussion in 'New Member Welcome Center' started by Rancherous, Oct 25, 2004.
Hey everyone. Bought my Ranchero 13 years ago and I'm finally going to start working on it.
Better late than never.Welcome!
just bought my 1st ranchero 400ci big block , im based in london england
so not many about , i build rat rods volksrods and movie car replicas inc blues brothers car
as well as others for charity events & fun
ive been into American cars since i was 7 grew up around custom cars and American cars
only in the last ten years have a moved into classic volks stuff
not getting back into owning another v8
ive owned buick wild cats cameros trans ams chevy blaser caddys
over the years once you have owned a v8 ya cant beat it
Welcome to all new members!
My name is Conner I'm 18 and live in utah. Just bought my first car a 79 ranchero gt that I put a built up 400m in. I previously rode a dirt bike for my dd a 78 yamaha dt175
Welcome aboard Conner! We like to see photos of everyone's new rides. Take care Dan the ranchero man
Hello, I never thought I would be on this site. My senior year, 1971, I owned a '67 El Camino, and have looked for an affordable one ever since, but never found one like my original. Well, I was fixing up a rental and saw a Ranchero in the driveway of a house that was listed for sale. I keep driving by it because I was an El Camino guy, but I finally stopped. They had just pushed it out of the garage, where is had been parked since '99 when it was recovered after a theft. I knew nothing about Rancheros, it looked bad and all flat tires, but the car was complete, and metal in good condition. Turns out it was a '71. The price was ok, so I purchased it. The seller knew nothing about the car, so neither do I. I came here to get ideas of what to do about the 302. Swap, rebuild, improve, new crate, I have no idea. No interest in a race car, but I do want some power. Suggestions?
Welcome Bruce.The old 302 is a reliable power plant.A few bolt on performance goodies,AOD,gears it will pull well with acceptable MPG.
Tear it down,see if rebuildable.Post up some pics please.
Thanks LS, I have been doing a lot of research. I don't want to change more than I have to so keeping the 302 makes sense. I did a search on this site for swaps, and saw some scattered discussions, but not a "do this and it will be great". Sounds like 351w heads are the way to fix the 302. Is that your understanding? I have an engine guy I trust, so as you say, tear it down and see what gives.
Clean the gas tank/lines/carb,change fluids,filters and see if she runs.Maybe a keeper.Summit has 5.0 HO roller long blocks for cheaper than you can build.
Thank you for the tip. I guess it can't hurt to try the easy way first. After all, those fast and loud guys put a car out of a 50 year storage and only connect a battery and it fires up right away. There is a yellow sticker on the valve cover with a code number. Do you know what it means? I'm in CA. Is it some smog info?
Hey, names Dylan and I'm the proud owner of a 1978 Ranchero GT with a 351m infront of a c6 and a 9" with posi.
Hi, I'm new here. Just purchased a 76 Ranchero GT from the original owner's granddaughter in San Ramon, CA. Arizona car until 2009. From what I can tell, all original except 2009 repaint. 400, auto, power everything, 64K documented miles, zero rust. With some minor tweaks here and there, hope to have it in nice running shape for the midwestern summer! (Also have a 66 Mustang coupe, 3-speed, inline 6)
Nice ride and welcome aboard! (from one Midwest ranchero owner to another)
If it's not too much to ask how much did you pay for such a fine ranchero?
Hello everyone, New to the site.Ted here and just I recently aquired a 1972 Ranchero GT, I have a few questions
1) I am looking for a seat for the vehicle
2) I have not seen any cobra emblems on the fenders of any pics here or other pics I've seen, my ranchero has the cobra emblem on each fender. Was this common on the vehicle?
I am looking g to restore the car and all in out would be welcome. Thanks
Welcome Ted!Dont think snake sticker was OE option,but there is a red one here somewhere.
The Cobra emblems were not factory installed in Ranchero nor Torino models, someone added them.
nice ride post up some pictures,welcome to the site/andy
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