Fairlane Ranchero Does a Beautiful Burnout: Tire Smokin’ Tuesday
Rarest of the Ford Ranchero models could easily win a burnout competition.
This week’s Tire Smokin Tuesday video comes to us from the YouTube channel of Jon Souliere and it features a burnout by a 1967 Ford Fairlane Ranchero. Although this isn’t a truck by the traditional sense, this old school machine combined the function of a small pickup with the driving dynamics of a car.
The Ford Ranchero
The first time that Ford used the Ranchero name was back in 1957, when the original car-based utility was based on the full-size Custom sedan. Come 1960, the Ranchero name and design transitioned to the smaller Falcon, and that would continue through the 1966 model year.
For the 1967 model year, Ford switched the sheet metal from that of the Falcon to the Fairlane. The Fairlane and Falcon rode on the same chassis platform so they were the same relative size, making the switch in body styling easier for the Motor Company engineers. As a result, the Fairlane Ranchero was created as a popular one-year model that would be replaced in 1968 by the then-new Torino Ranchero.
The Ranchero would continue on as a Torino-based model through 1976, with the car making a final change to the LTD in 1977.
Over the course of the 22-year run by the Ranchero name, the Fairlane version was the only one-year model, making it the rarest of the Ford pickup cars and today, we bring you a gorgeous example of the ’67 version doing wicked burnout.
Big Smoke Show
Unfortunately, we don’t get any details on this 1967 Ford Fairlane Ranchero, but we can tell from the sound and from the ease with which this car roasts the tires that it is powered by a V8. The 1967 model year had three different V8 engine options, including a 289-cubic inch mill and a pair of 390-cubic inch engines – one with a two-barrel carburetor and 275 horsepower and a second with a four-barrel carb and 320 horsepower.
Either of those 390-cubic inch options would allow this Fairlane pickup to roast the tires, but there is no question that this car is louder than it would have been when stock, so it could be a modified factory engine or a whole different engine.
In any case, it puts a serious smokin’ to the rear tires and it sounds great in the process, so crank up your speakers and enjoy!