1976 Ford Ranchero Gt Standard Cab Pickup 2-door 5.8l on 2040-cars
Fairfield, North Carolina, United States
I have a 1976 Ranchero GT that I picked up in Angier, NC back in January. It's a 5 digit odometer that reads about 2,800 miles, so we are looking at 102,800 miles. I have done a good bit of work including rebuilding the carburetor, replacing the grille, replacing side marker lights, new door seals (have but not added), new Edelbrock Air Filter, new alternator, new aluminum 3 core radiator, and brand new tires. There have been some other things as well but this gives you a good idea of what's been done. It was a single owner and had set for 13 years before I got it (it was sold to a dealer so officially 2 owners before me). I have gotten it running and enjoyed my time with it but figure I would get something for the family to enjoy instead.
It has a 351m under the hood which is in great shape but my plans were to rebuild a c9ve 429 that is seized I had picked up. I also have a set of bare C9ve 460 heads. It came with air conditioning but that wasn't working and I had no plans to use it so it was removed and placed in a box to clean up the looks under the hood. (The mechanic removed it so it could be easily reinstalled.) the transmission is an fmx transmission but I also have a c9 that I had planned on rebuilding to put in with the 429. The extra engine and transmission is included as well.
There are some rust issues at various spots around vehicle and you can tell the front end had some damage at some point. I have included a few pics of some of the problems. I also have the tailgate although I removed it because it was the worst part of the rust. You can see the work that was done to the bed, this was the worst of the areas and what I did was just a temporary fix. There are some holes and a ton of pitting. Feel free to text or email me any questions you may have as this isn't a very common vehicle for this area. If you have specific questions about what I have in to this as well that's fine too.
There are several things that I know need to be done but by no means is this list all encompassing. It needs a few center caps, I have 2 glove box doors but cannot find the keys and therefore cannot get them installed. I do not know the shape of the pans but will say they feel soft (my next step was going to be stripping the interior), there is rust in various spots, the original philco is just producing static. Like was said this list is not comprehensive but gives you an idea of some of the work to be done.
The buyer is responsible for picking up the vehicle and all the extras. I recommend you coming and looking at the vehicle in person if you are interested. I will be more than happy to answer all questions and send any pics that are needed. I will not try to hide anything.
*I have added some more pictures including a new one of under the hood. One of the pics show the damage to the bottom of where the radiator sits. I also believe the nose of the car was replaced at some point in time but am not positive about that. If anyone needs any other pics feel free to ask, I couldn't get a great one of underneath the car. I would definitely call this a running project.
*I am answering questions as fast as I can and have uploaded additional pictures people have asked for.
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