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Old 04-15-2013, 01:12 PM   #15
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Speaking of parts:

I've said this before, but since this is a Falcon-based vehicle very much like mine, I'll say it again:

The main thing that keeps mine at home is the lack of crash protection in the cockpit. I did install shoulder harnesses, but I just can't get past the fear of that non-breakaway steering column impaling me in a frontend collision.

Call me a weenie, but there you have it!

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Old 04-15-2013, 01:29 PM   #16
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Steve, the price isn't bad so I wouldn't mind putting some money into it to make it a better TV. but as you point out there are multiple downsides to this Ranchero.

Francesca, all of these older vehicles lack the safety features of today's cars. I need this kind of reality check to help me make up my mind. Glad you brought this up.

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If your in fear of the steering collumn putting in a slip shaft isnt out of the question. This conversion is done all the time and isn't that expensive.
EZ Fit Shaft - Stainless EZ Fit Shaft: 10" Overall Length - 3" Slip
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Steve, I appreciate that you have actual solutions for issues that were raised. We go to a lot of Hot August Nights events which gets me drooling and subsequently searching for vintage wheels. I know these issues have been addressed by many of entusiasts, I just don't want to jump into something though that I'd later regret. This has been a good resource for fleshing out all the issues.
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Old 04-15-2013, 02:49 PM   #19
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If your in fear of the steering collumn putting in a slip shaft isnt out of the question. This conversion is done all the time and isn't that expensive.
EZ Fit Shaft - Stainless EZ Fit Shaft: 10" Overall Length - 3" Slip


I'll be darned- I didn't know that such a thing was possible. Thanks a million, Steve! And once you pointed that out, I looked a little further and found this method of performing a "transplant" using steering columns from later Ford vehicles.

I might have to rethink the mothballing of the old girl after all...


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I only bring this up because you can have your cake and eat it too if your willing to pay for it. Also beacuse I have had old Fords all my life they are dear to my heart.
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I like it too.

High quality radial tires on the car is a good idea. Michelin's tend to have a firm sidewall.

Be sure it is mechanicly sound and enjoy the ride.
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Old 04-15-2013, 05:27 PM   #22
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If your in fear of the steering collumn putting in a slip shaft isnt out of the question. This conversion is done all the time and isn't that expensive.
EZ Fit Shaft - Stainless EZ Fit Shaft: 10" Overall Length - 3" Slip
Been there, used that, great quality. I also like that it eliminates the crappy rag joint.
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The old Ranchero will tow no problem, but for the rear suspension get those old springs checked out and if they are ok add an extra leaf or air bags to keep it level when towing. You will also want to add a trans cooler and since it is unibody check for safe hitch mounting.
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