In 1960, the Ranchero became much smaller, based on Ford's compact Falcon, specifically the two-door sedan delivery variant. The popularity of small, economical cars like the Volkswagen Beetle perpetuated a shift in thinking among the three largest American manufactures; 1959 had the introduction of the 1960 Falcon along with the 1960 Chevrolet Corvair and Plymouth Valiant. A pickup version of the Volkswagen Bus and a van based on the Chevrolet Corvair were offered, as well. The economic recession of the late 1950s also certainly played a role. Ford believed the market wanted a more practical vehicle, one much smaller, lighter, and cheaper than a full-sized pickup truck, and indeed the Ranchero sold well in this incarnation. Now marketed in print as the "Falcon Ranchero", the new vehicle's standard powerplant was an economical 144 cu (2.4 L) straight-6. In 1961, the 170 cu in (2.8 L) straight-6 was offered, and in 1963, the optional 260 cu in (4.3 L) V8 was offered in addition to the 144 and 170. The two-speed Ford O-Matic automatic transmission (offered between 1960 and 1963) or three-speed C4 Cruise-O-Matic could be ordered as could a three-speed manual transmission. The Ranchero had an 800-lb load capacity.


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This Falcon Ranchero has been brought in to have it reassembled and have the body painted. 

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Once the Ranchero came back from the media blaster we epoxy sealed the bear metal.

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We smoothed the firewall by eliminating unnecessary holes and repaired the holes in the bed rails.

We filled in and smoothed the fuel door.

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The door and fender have been sprayed with primer.

Working on removing the dents from the rear inner wheel wells. The two left photos are before we worked on the wheel wells and the two right photos are after working on them.

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We installed the new Vintage Air A/C kit.

We finished the body work on the custom smoothed out firewall.

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The firewall and cowl have been primed.

The bodywork has been completed on the passenger side of the bed.

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Our painter created a custom mix color named Charlie Black. He used the Charlie Black to paint the engine bay, dash, rear package tray and door jambs.

We set the high-performance crate engine and transmission into the car.

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We are making modifications to the transmission cross member to allow clearance for automatic overdrive transmission.

We have removed the old cross member, patched up the holes in the transmission tunnel, reinstalled the transmission and fabricated the new custom cross member.

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Repaired rust holes and removed major surface rust, sprayed area with rust reformer. Installed battery relocation kit.

We have shaved the fuel door and relocated the filler neck to behind the tail light.

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Completed the fabrication of the battery storage door.


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