Ok here is the story...<O</O
I found a 57 ranchero sitting in the weeds on an old farmerís property. I am a little interested in it but don't know anything about Ranchero's. This one has duel headlights so from a google search I thought it must be either a 58 or 59. With only that information I asked the old farmer what he planed to do with the car and he asked be if I wanted to buy it. He told me that it has been parked there since the 60's and that it had been wrecked and he had a 58 front end put on it. I asked him what he wanted for it and he said "what'll you give?" I offered a very low amount and he said OK. I told him I wanted to go back and look the car over one more time before I commit. <O</OThat happened yesterday and I need to get back to him early this week but I know nothing, and I mean NOTHING about early fords. Hence my posting, I need some insight on this car. <O</O
I have a strong automotive background and have built several vehicles so I am confident I can assess the engine and electrical, if it has an auto tranny then I'll need to look to outside help but will assume that a complete rebuild is in order. My plan is to get this vehicle running and rolling under it's own power. At that point I will determine how much further I want to go with it. From my research a perfect car can be priced in the high $20k's and on the average a very nice restored car is about $15k. Does that sound about right?
I plan on going out to the car tomorrow after work and I'll report what I find. Also I'll try to post some links to some pics of it, after I take them.
If I'm forgetting anything please feel free to ask; and thanks in advance for the help.
I guess my post was too long; I kept getting errors so I cut it in to pices.
The original engines & transmissions are either, a 223 I-6, 292 or 312 Y-block w/ either a Single or Dual Range Ford-O-Matic or a Cruise-O-Matic.
The '58 front-end will have the same front-end that Custom 300's & 500's had, which is a big open grille w/ a bar that runs the length of it w/ one that is centered & conects to the bottom of the grille.
The hood will also open away from the Windscreen, same as a suidside door opens reverse from a normal opening car door.