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Any 70s Ranchero owners/fans on the Forum?
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I am looking at a 1970 GT Ranchero and thought I would ask who on the Forum might also own an early 70s model and would know a thing or two about them. As I look this thing over I might have a question or two.

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#2
I had a 70 Torino GT that was a ton of fun. Not a lot of repo sheetmetal parts for the 70-71 cars, so make sure she's fairly solid.


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(06-11-2018, 05:37 PM)Hemikiller Wrote: I had a 70 Torino GT that was a ton of fun. Not a lot of repo sheetmetal parts for the 70-71 cars, so make sure she's fairly solid.

Thanks. Had a bunch of Mustangs over the years, thinking it's time to try something else. This one is a M code with 3 on the tree. If I get it that will change to 5 on the floor.
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Rich, the closest I can get to that is a 70 M code Torino GT I tried to beat to death. While not an owner, I am a big fan of the Ranchero and came dangerously close to ownership a couple of times. When they were sold new I was more into Torino's and Mustang's to scratch my performance itch. The son of a lady I rented from during my single days had one I wanted. It was a 70 GT with hideaway headlamps, M code with  Shaker Ram Air, bucket seats with console and please arrest me Calypso Coral Orange with laser body side stripes. He still owns it to this day and claims he will be buried in it. So....no sell there. The second was a 71 GT with a "C" 429"and not much else. No bucket seats, console, hide away headlights or look at me stuff. He was more proud of it than I was willing to be and we could not agree on a price!
The good part is that most of the mechanical's and sheet metal from the doors forward are shared with the Torino. Anything involving sheet metal or trim behind the doors could be a challenge. Haven't really checked for Ranchero parts  in a while but hopefully things have improved.   Smile

Steve

No Officer...I really don't know how fast I was going, my speedometer stopped at 140!
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#5
Here is the Marti on it.... Its a Red GT, Manual 351C 4v, White letter tires, the bench seat in a GT and the vinyl roof are interesting. Were all three spd on the column? Not all GTs had the hideaway lights...correct?

0 1970
A Built at Atlanta
48 Ranchero GT
M 351-4V V-8 Engine
01/70 January 1970
66C Ranchero GT
T Red Paint, Ford #2008-A
GA Black Vinyl Bench Seat
9 3.25 Conventional Rear Axle
1 Three-Speed Manual Transmission
25 Richmond DSO (District Sales Office)

Your vehicle was equipped with the following features:
- Black Full Vinyl Roof
- F70X14 Belted Raised White Letter Tires
- AM Radio

Maybe make it look something like this 71...

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1973 H Code Convertible - Medium Copper Metallic - June 8, 1973, Built Ford Marketing Sales Vehicle
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[Image: satellite.png] Proud Space Junk Award Winner!












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#6
I have owned a few Torinos including a 70 429 CJ and a 71 429 SCJ, but only one 70-71 Ranchero. It was a '70 GT model N code auto car. Calypso coral with the side laser stripes. It had white interior. Hood was not blacked out and don't think it was supposed to be. I really liked the car but had issues with the power steering unit always leaking. I did not like that design.
But I did like the car. Someone came by and offered me more than I thought the car was worth - so I sold it. They have become very popular and expensive! Will always appreciate a 1970-71 Tiorino and Ranchero.

Ray

1971 Boss 351  
1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 
1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 
1973 Mach 1 (parts car)
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Mine was a 70GT H-code sportsroof, white with maroon bucket interior, laser stripes & floor shift. P/S. PDB and that was about it. Mine had fixed headlights and the GT hood. I had collected parts to do a 429 4spd swap, but traded it to a friend's cousin to do the paint on my Mustang. He's done a bunch of work to it, but don't think he completed it yet.

Just thinking out loud here, as the 70-71 Torino shares quite a bit in common with the 71-73 Mustang. The front clip is very similar, frt crossmember, even the front aprons. Rear axle housing has the spring pads in a different location, but the axles are the same as a 71-3. The P/S was a PITA on mine as well, always had issues with it. I had considered the idea of grafting the frame section from a 71-73 onto it to use the Saginaw box. Could probably use the Mustang steering bits to make it work.


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(06-11-2018, 10:37 PM)Hemikiller Wrote: Mine was a 70GT H-code sportsroof, white with maroon bucket interior, laser stripes & floor shift. P/S. PDB and that was about it. Mine had fixed headlights and the GT hood.  I had collected parts to do a 429 4spd swap, but traded it to a friend's cousin to do the paint on my Mustang. He's done a bunch of work to it, but don't think he completed it yet.

Just thinking out loud here, as the 70-71 Torino shares quite a bit in common with the 71-73 Mustang. The front clip is very similar, frt crossmember, even the front aprons.  Rear axle housing has the spring pads in a different location, but the axles are the same as a 71-3. The P/S was a PITA on mine as well, always had issues with it. I had considered the idea of grafting the frame section from a 71-73 onto it to use the Saginaw box. Could probably use the Mustang steering bits to make it work.

The car I am looking at has a very solid body and most parts, but no paint, engine or trans.

Thanks for the feedback. I'll keep those thoughts in mind should I pull the trigger.
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#9
Rich, if you got the time and the $$ you can sure get it close to that one.
All 3sp manual transmissions were on the "Tree". 1969 was the last year for the floor mounted 3sp in the Torino/Ranchero line. Sorta strange considering the money Ford had spent on a complete redesign of the 70 Torino. Bucket seats and console were separate options on all models. If a console was ordered for a 3sp manual Ranchero  there was a trim plate to cover where the shifter would normally be.
 The Levant pattern Vinyl roof was an option on all models in white or black.
The hideaway headlights were only standard on the Torino Brougham in the car line, but were available as an option on all Rancheros except the base model. The flat black hood paint was an option only on the GT.
I really enjoyed my 70 Sportroof GT. Mine was plain. Bench seat with auto on the column, dog dishes with trim rings and white letters. Could almost be mistaken for a school teachers car. Only thing it had that stood out was a 351 4bl that pulled like a freight train!

Steve

No Officer...I really don't know how fast I was going, my speedometer stopped at 140!
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(06-11-2018, 11:55 PM)secluff Wrote: Rich, if you got the time and the $$ you can sure get it close to that one.
All 3sp manual transmissions were on the "Tree". 1969 was the last year for the floor mounted 3sp in the Torino/Ranchero line. Sorta strange considering the money Ford had spent on a complete redesign of the 70 Torino. Bucket seats and console were separate options on all models. If a console was ordered for a 3sp manual Ranchero  there was a trim plate to cover where the shifter would normally be.
 The Levant pattern Vinyl roof was an option on all models in white or black.
The hideaway headlights were only standard on the Torino Brougham in the car line, but were available as an option on all Rancheros except the base model. The flat black hood paint was an option only on the GT.
I really enjoyed my 70 Sportroof GT. Mine was plain. Bench seat with auto on the column, dog dishes with trim rings and white letters. Could almost be mistaken for a school teachers car. Only thing it had that stood out was a 351 4bl that pulled like a freight train!

Not thinking of doing a full-on street concourse build this time. I am thinking of a nice restomod, something I would be willing to drive any time. My wife wants to sell the family 2008 Explorer and get a car. So I need something I can use to tow the utility trailer, jet skis, and haul stuff home from Lowes and to the dump.

The more we talk about it the more I am liking the idea of having a Ranchero.
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