1973 Ford Ranchero

Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
Morgantown, PA

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Morgantown, PA



Year 1973
Mileage 36128
Engine 8
Doors 2
Transmission Manual
Make Ford
Model Ranchero

Ranchero 1973

Title Status --
Exterior Color Bright Green Gold
Interior Color Dark Green


1973 Ford Ranchero 500

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 1973 Ford Ranchero 500. Wearing a respray in its original color, very groovy 1970\'s upholstery, original dealership brochures, a 351ci Cleveland V8, and even a factory 4-speed manual transmission. This Ranchero will be sure to be far out for years to come.

The beneficiary of a repaint 2 years ago, this Ford just gleams in a nice respray of the factory applied Bright Green Gold and it\'s holding up well these years later. Just a few areas of imperfections and body filler that was used during the redux is showing through. Dual headlights sit outboard of a Vee canted eggcrate grille which floats in a sea of Bright Green Gold that is the header panel and lower filler. The big chrome NTSB mandated crash bumper sits below with the only flaws being some light staining on the lower sections. A long gloss black hood complete with hood pins and a Cobra-Jet style scoop leads back to the raked back windshield and black vinyl top. Clean correct brightwork adorns the long slab sided body including the door handles and the correct script emblems and how can we forget the black rocker stripe to break up the space between the wheel wells. This shiny motif follows suit on the inset rear window and the entire bed is framed in more stainless. Speaking of the bed, it\'s still the consignor stated factory applied paint lurking underneath the black rubber mat. FORD lettering in block style covers the tailgate, as does Ranchero in chrome script and an added GT badge. Crescent style segmented tail lights flank this gate and contour to the bodylines perfectly. Correct Magnum 500 chrome wheels in 15-inch format are shod in staggered width Cooper Cobra raised white letter radials. Good vibes man!

With a swing of the long well balanced door we are greeted with a dark green vinyl door panel with a central knitted vinyl pattern. A smooth upper vinyl section in green is dressed with chrome delineation strips and a touch of class is added with the embossed olive branches. A chrome window crank and door release adorn this panel and a carpeted lower section brings it all together nicely. Moving inside we see the factory split bench seat in vinyl that sprawls from door to door. Smooth green bolsters frame multi-hued green knitted vinyl tuck and roll inserts and not a tear is to be seen, (you just can\'t beat 1970\'s color choices). The original green three spoke rim blow and Shelby dressed steering wheel fronts a crack free dash which encompasses the 2 main gauges and a 5 pod gauge cluster in burl applique plastic framing. Just below are the heater controls and a later model Ford AM/FM/Cassette stereo to the left and right respectively. Green medium loop pile carpet floods the floors and the factory wood knobbed shifter grows from the hump. A tight dark green headliner hangs above. Can you dig it?

Lifting the miles long hood we see the original 351ci Cleveland V8 in blue blocked form. Blue valve covers and a blue air cleaner assembly stand out in a sea of mild patina and a multitude of hoses. Lurking under the air cleaner is a Holley 4-barrel carburetor and an Edelbrock aluminum intake manifold. Bolted to the back of the mill is the correct Toploader 4-speed manual transmission which sends power back to a Ford 9\" 3.25 conventional geared rear axle.

A solid steel frame supports factory floor pans with the frame showing just slight surface rust. 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 new looking dual exhaust system sends spent gasses to the rear of the car and the Flowmaster mufflers give it just the right sound. All buttoned up and looking good, do you copy?

Sliding into the groovy 70\'s 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 Lowes so we can\'t speak to performance with a full load but who\'s going to use this Ranchero to haul anyway. All functions were performing swimmingly at the time of our drive, just keep on truckin\'.

A well sorted, lovingly cared for iteration of a truck that is rarely seen these days. Add in some vital paperwork, a powerful V8, 4-speed manual and tons of fab 70\'s charm. With all the plusses and nearly no minuses this Ranchero 500 won\'t be idling lon


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