For Sale: 1976 Ford Ranchero in Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Vehicle Description

1976 Ford Ranchero Squire

The Ford Ranchero is a coupe utility that was produced between 1957 and 1979. Unlike a standard pick up the Ranchero was adapted from a two-door station wagon platform that integrated the cab and cargo bed into the body. A total of 508,355 units were produced during the model's production run. Over its lifespan it was variously derived from full-sized, compact, and intermediate automobiles sold by Ford for the North American market. in 1972, a radical change occurred in the Torino and Ranchero lines. The sleek, pointy look of the previous year's model was replaced with a larger, heavier design. The 1973 Ranchero had a redesigned front end to meet new federal standards for front impact protection. Aside from slight cosmetic differences, the Ranchero remained basically the same until the Torino's final year, 1976.

It's not often that you see any of the mid to late 1970's classics restored back to their showroom glory, let alone a Ford Ranchero. Most were used as intended then passed on to eager teenagers who slapped on the best parts they could afford from the local speed shops and drove them into the ground. For consignment, a lightly restored and never thrashed on 1976 Ford Ranchero Squire. Wearing a respray in its original color, very groovy applique stick on wood grain sides, an added cloth roof over the hardtop, a refurbished AC system and a slew of new and spare parts, this Ranchero will be sure to be far out for years to come.

Exterior
The beneficiary of a restoration sometime in the past, this Ford just shows with a respray of white that is starting to show its age on the lower panels. Notable rust bubbling is seen along with prior body work on nearly every panels lower sections. Dual headlights sit outboard of a Vee canted eggcrate grille which floats in a sea of white that is the header panel and lower filler. The big chrome NTSB mandated crash bumper sits below with the only flaws being some staining and a few scuffs. Clean correct burgundy trimmings adorn the long slab sided body and encircle the newer wood applique that covers the sides of this ute. This molding motif follows suit on the inset on the tailgate which is flanked by boomerang shaped taillights with blacked out trim. Clean brightwork surrounds the glass and a black cloth add-on top covers the factory steel roof. Worry not, as I didn't forget about the bed, it is covered with a black tonneau cover that hides the bed from prying eyes. Flipping down the tailgate reveals a black painted and gray carpeted bed that remains in good condition. Chrome laden 15" styled steel wheels adorn the corners and are wrapped in raised white letter BF Goodrich rubber. As an added bonus, a pair of replacement door skins are included with the purchase. Good vibes man!

Interior
With a swing of the long well-balanced door we are greeted with a saddle vinyl door panel with a vertical tuck and roll pattern. A chrome window crank and door release adorn this panel and a chrome mirror joystick and speaker grille brings it all together nicely. Moving inside we see a pair of Procar bucket seats occupying the space where a bench once did reside. Smooth black cloth and vinyl bolster frame black perforated vinyl tuck and roll inserts and not a tear is to be seen. The original saddle two spoke steering wheels fronts a crack free dash which encompasses a 5-pod gauge cluster in nice applique plastic framing. Just below are the heater controls and a new AM/FM stereo to the left and right respectively. Saddle colored deep pile carpet floods the floor, and a tight saddle headliner hangs above. Can you dig it?

Drivetrain
Lifting the miles long hood we see the original 351ci V8 in 2bbl carburetor form. Blue valve covers and a chrome air cleaner assembly stand out in a sea of mild patina and a multitude of hoses. Bolted to the back of the mill is a FMX 3-speed automatic transmission which sends power back to a Ford 9" 3.00 rear axle.

Undercarriage
A solid steel frame supports factory floor pans, showing just slight surface rust on the frame and a mix of surface rust and a few areas of invasive rust on the flooring. Independent coil spring suspension is on the front and a 4 link with coil springs is on the back to provide the ride and haul the loads. Power front disc brakes work in conjunction with rear power drums to bring things safely to a stop. A newer looking dual exhaust system sends spent gasses to exit just in front of the rear tires with Cherrybomb mufflers to give it just the right sound. You got your ears on good buddy, do you copy?

Drive-Ability
Sliding into the mix of groovy 70's and modern interior a twist of the key brought the car/truck to life. Performance was adequate, braking was smooth, and handling was good on our drive. We didn't make any trips to the local hardware store so we can't speak to performance with a full load but who's going to use this Ranchero to haul anyway. The air conditioning has been converted to R134A and blows ice cold and even includes the original compressor. All functions were performing swimmingly at the time of our drive, just keep on truckin'.

A smartly cared for iteration of a truck that is rarely seen these days. Add in a snappy cloth roof covering, new A/C components, the original drivetrain, some extra parts, and tons of fab 70's charm. With all the plusses and only a few minuses this Ranchero Squire won't be idling long in our hallowed halls, catch my drift?

VIN DECODE
6A49H131247
6-1976
A-Atlanta, GA Assy Plant
49-Ranchero Squire
H-351ci V8 2bbl 149hp
131247-Sequential Unit Number

Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.

Vehicle Details

  • 1976 Ford Ranchero
  • Listing ID: CC-1637767
  • Price: $14,500
  • Location:Morgantown, Pennsylvania
  • Year:1976
  • Make:Ford
  • Model:Ranchero
  • Exterior Color:White
  • Interior Color:Saddle
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:107500
  • Stock Number:4330
  • VIN:6A49H131247
Listed By:
Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Rd.
Morgantown, PA 19543

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