Here's my 73 Ranchero 500

Discussion in 'Ranchero Pics' started by vmaxman, Apr 12, 2015.

  1. vmaxman

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    Hey Fellas,

    Here is my 73 Ranchero with the original 400/2V and original C-6 transmission.
    The engine was completely gone through and rebuilt to factory specs.
    I replaced the entire front suspension with new springs from Moog and it rides like new.
    Gets about 15 mpg all around highway and town driving.
    Body work wasn't done to concourse, but me and a friend did it and painted it a 74 torino color.
    It still has hail damage from the whopper storm that hit Oklahoma City in 1999.

    I bought it in 1996 in Oklahoma from a retired man that wanted to keep it away from his
    college student son that would have drove it into the ground. :) Lucky me!

    Here are some pictures I took after I cleaned the dust and pollen off today.... IMG_0963.JPG IMG_0964.JPG
     

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  2. burninbush

    burninbush In Maximum Overdrive

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    Looks nice, vmaxman. Like those wheels too.
     
  3. LSChero

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    Nice job vmax! looks like new.Lot of work,I got the T-shirt..
     
  4. andrewok1

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    That Ranchero 500 looks in great condition, INTERIOR LOOKS LIKE IT WAS DONE RIGHT ,AND THE SHEPARD WANTS A RIDE!!! ANDY
     
  5. Jimbob

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    Looks great, and another '73
     
  6. vmaxman

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    Thanks andrewok1,

    Still lots to do when budget allows it, but I like it; and yes Maxwell definitely likes to go for rides :)
     
  7. vmaxman

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    Thanks LSChero,

    Its a lot of work, but Rancheros are very cool and not everyone has one.
    Now I have a shifter shaft seal dripping on the transmission. I'll probably be taking out
    the trans. and taking it to a guy in town that will go through it with a master kit.
     
  8. vmaxman

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    Whoops forgot to spell check....
     
  9. Huevos

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    Nice truck..
     
  10. dave r

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    Nice job inside and out.
     
  11. ForistellFord

    ForistellFord In Maximum Overdrive GOLD MEMBER

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    73's wear that brown well, nice chero! Do you tow a lot with that hitch?
     
  12. AimlessMoto

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    I am loving the brown! Nice!
     
  13. vmaxman

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    Not doing any towing with it, but I did pull out some maple tree roots that were encroaching the steps around the deck in
    one of the pictures. That thing pulls like a train...pretty much pulled forward just above idle.
    Glad you like the color, I think they call it Sandlemist metallic bronze.
     
  14. davis

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    clean,
    even the dog looks clean!
     
  15. Steve Yewell

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    Beautiful beast vmaxman. That ride radiates a lot of love. And 15 miles a gallon? I'm lucky to get better than 10 miles a gallon from my mistress.
     
  16. grumpy

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    Nice car.
     
  17. 71 Whitesale

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    Looks beautiful! Well done!!
     
  18. Vtxman

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    Very Nice!
     

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