Many people are familiar with the El Camino but Ford actually beat
GM to the punch when they introduced the Ranchero in 1957. They
were initially based on the Fairlane Station Wagon platform which
integrated a cab and pickup bed into the body. Now you had the
sleekness and agility of a car combined with the usefulness of a
pickup. In 1960 there was a rise in the popularity of smaller
compact and economical cars like the Volkswagen and Fords answer
was the Falcon. The big manufacturers saw that people wanted more
practical vehicles that were less expensive than a full size truck
and the Ranchero was the perfect solution. Well this cool 1962 Ford
Falcon Ranchero has been completely redone from top to bottom
transforming it into an extremely unique custom. It was originally
built in 1996 and has been driven 10,000 miles since completion.
The car has been in California its entire life except for the past
year while it has resided in San Antonio. It is entirely rust free
and painted in a beautiful Blue paint. The front and rear bumpers
are nicely chromed with a great shine. It has a custom billet front
grill framed by custom square headlights. The glass is all in good
shape and tinted. The truck has a very aggressive stance and rides
on custom painted to match chrome Keystone wheels with BF Goodrich
tires (255/60R - front, 305/50R - rear.)
Open up the scooped hood and you will find a high performance 302
motor (320hp) that was purchased in 1980 from Ford as a crate
motor. It runs very strong and sounds great through Flowmaster 50
mufflers with 3 inch side outlets and chrome tips. The engine was
very well built and has been fitted with a polished hi-rise
manifold, Cyclone headers, chrome Holley 600 dp carburetor, a
chrome air cleaner and chrome M/T valve covers. It is kept always
running cool thanks to the custom made polished aluminum radiator
with all braided lines. It isn't just all about performance though
because the entire engine compartment looks excellent. You can tell
everything was very thought out. The inner fenders and firewall are
all gloss Black and a lot of the non polished features are painted
Blue or have Blue accents to tie in with the body. The transmission
is a Borg Warner T-10 top loader 4 speed which moves through the
gears with ease. The car has High Jacker air shocks to help pull
off the look and with that radical stance you better be ready to
show off the undercarriage. Well that is no issue here because
everything has a clean look and the 8.8 inch rear end with 355
gears is fully chromed. Its not everyday you see a rear
differential with a mirror like finish. The gas tank is located
under the rear with a Holley electric fuel pump. The truck has
front disc brakes and the backing plates on the rear are all
chromed out. Other nice components include the Mallory ignition
system, battery/fuel cutoff switches and Optima battery which is
located under the bed.
The interior of the car is all custom and done in a two tone light
and dark Blue. It has comfortable high back bucket seats that sit
to each side of the custom made center console. This console houses
two cup holders and also contains two rear speakers. Behind the
seats it is all finished out very nicely with custom storage
pockets and a custom panel for additional speakers. The Kenwood
stereo delivers a great sound but the cassette player does not
operate properly. The dash has been modified with custom gauges and
it has a second gauge pod mounted below. In front of the driver
sits a chrome steering column topped off with a custom steering
wheel. The entire bed is very nicely upholstered in a matching two
tone design. It has a custom fit bed cover and contains the gas
filler neck and courtesy lighting.
This has to be one of the most unique Rancheros on the road. It has
a look that sets it a part and drives out great. You really don't
see a lot of Falcons get customized to this level and the build was
very well done. It comes with a custom fit car cover as well as a
This cool Ranchero could be yours for $34,750.00!
NOW REDUCED DOWN TO $29,750.00!
1962 Ford Ranchero
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