Anyone paying attention to this classic will do a double-take. This
1963 Ford Fairlane Ranchero is a custom-built car/truck that makes
sure you're likely the only one at the car show no matter the
crowd. And you will be showing this one with its slick paint,
custom interior, and solid V8 power.
Turning a Fairlane into a Ranchero is not just about unbolting the
trunk lid. It gets the truck proportions correct by shorting the
roof and pushing the interior forward. And this custom bed is
actually quite useful with details like liner paint and step pads
on the bumpers. It's a cool custom style, and there is a true
precedent for a car/truck like this. After, the first-gen Ranchero
was based on the full-size Fords, and the third-gen was based on
the Fairlane. So this one likes to show us what it would look like
if the Ranchero never whent down the compact road. More than just a
unique Ranchero, this Ford is appealing for its overall quality.
The clean lines, straight panels, bright chrome bumpers, radiant
red paint, and premium white roof have the kind of quality that
will have people admiring this a well-kept classic even if they
don't recognize the custom style. And the GT-style wheels and dual
exhaust give it a touch of sporty style.
The interior has a clean and attractive style that gives you a
classic Fairlane mixed with the right subtle custom touches. We
like their eye for detail. For example, the exterior is red with a
touch of white, and the steering wheels and contrast upholstery
stitching carries on this two-tone inside. There's even a center
console with an air conditioning system (it runs modern R134a, but
it will need servicing to blow cold again.) This has rear seats,
and it really shows off the thoughtful quality of this build
because Ford could never accomplish this with its Ranchero. This is
upholstered to match the front, and it even offers good legroom.
And the custom-sized roll-down windows prove how much they were
thinking about details.
Another cool detail is under the hood. 1963 was the debut of the
now-famous 289 cubic-inch V8. So this celebrates this with a very
stock style everywhere from the golden air grabber to the
generation (only found on the early ones.) But if you dig a little
deeper, you see quite a well-upgraded powerhouse. This V8 now has a
Holley four-barrel carburetor, an Edelbrock Performer aluminum
intake, and headers. And as you check out the rather straight pipes
of the dual exhaust in the undercarriage photos, also take some
time to notice the overall clean style that tells you this is a
confident cruiser. Plus, power steering, power brakes, and a
three-speed automatic transmission make this a nice all-around
When you want to be vintage, powerful, and absolutely unique, you
need this exceptionally finished custom Ford Fairlane Ranchero.