Discussion in 'General Ranchero Help' started by 50J03, Oct 20, 2009.
Now the real question is the value....
I'm thinking of building a Ranchero Twister Special Boss GT 500 Talladega California Special Rio Grande Shelby Squire edition.. Because there will only have been one made..Pretty Rare..
That would be worth some money. Not a lot, mind you. But some.
I'll leave the visions in my head, no pics please.
I think you need the "explorer" variant in there as well... then again - it might be too much?
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Is that the 5.0L/AWD variant? Oh, and as far as the car hobby goes, I think Gordon Gekko said it best:
"Too much is never enough."
With a 5.0, not enough is never enough.
I need to work a real engine into my van, the high compression 5.o HO doesn't cut it. Need to get away from the mouse engine.
You know what is enough....... Just a little more
John, if you put any engine bigger than a 'mouse' engine in it, you're gonna have to cut a hatch in the roof to drive it, as it'll squeeze you out the top. You'll look like a Big Daddy Roth creation....
My 429 Ranchero has the "Explorer" package...
The 351 is just an inch bigger, and a 385 is just a few inches bigger.
For a 351 I would have to significantly alter the engine cover, for a 385 I would have to make steering alterations.
A 351 stroked out to 408 with a positive displacement blower would almost fit the bill.
Why not stroke it to 427 inches? Bigger being better and all.
You need space between the oil rings and the wrist pins as well as sufficient piston skirt, shortening the rod is also not a good idea.
A race engine that gets rebuilt every few hundred miles can get away with a lot of things a daily driver can't.
That is why my Ranchero engine is a 521. It will give me long service, and can be bored and rebuilt for more life and more power down the road. not being independently wealthy means I can't afford to keep starting over.
Not going to offer up a 427 stroked 351 Windsor I have been sitting on then. Really don't know how many hours it could run reliably. It was built for dirt track oval racing but got banned in a 300 mile radius so that ended it's short winning career. It followed racing by turning two late 60's Mustangs into ditch magnets, then landing in my shop as a curiosity. Ran it on a stand when I got it and there were no bad noises, good oil pressure and no blow by. Still have no idea about how long such a combo would last. Toying with stuffing it in a 90 Town Car just for the insanity factor. I would go with a modest Windsor or if you're up to the challenge, try a 300HP 302 cid Mercedes v8 from an E class. Similar design to a 4.6 Ford.
Too bad you're all the way in Tennessee. If we were a lot closer, I'd offer Babe as a test bed for that 427W. Build out a 4R70W, do the diff and regear work on the rear axle, the SEFI conversion, etc., then go take it for a spin around town, see if it has road manners for street/strip.
I seem to have had too much time on my hands this weekend. I was playing around with photoshop and came up with something close to it. Didn't have the heart to put a stripe through the wood though...
I kinda' want that to be real.
So after posting that pic, I started wondering if the cobras stripe might not be all that bad after all.
I do think it is a bit "busy" but that is just me...
Minus the wood paneling or black hood it would certainly look less busy. Still it's pretty great looking as is. Props to your photoshop work.
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