1962 Ford Ranchero
The Ford Ranchero was a combination passenger car and pickup truck. The vehicle was first produced in 1957 and sold as its own model. From 1960 until 1964, the Ranchero was offered under the Falcon's model designation. The Ranchero was designed to compete with compact import cars. For this reason, the 1962 model's engine selection was limited to only small six-cylinder types and sold for a base price of $2,298.00. The Falcon Rancheros are still prized by collectors.
For consignment a Falcon Ranchero. This small but mighty car/pickup has had some work done to it, all be it from its condition, a little while ago. Some interesting features like a parquet wood floor on the bed, and more modern cloth seats added to the interior. The rear tonneau cover in metal and is activated by a remote control. An interesting build, on a seldom seen model of the Ranchero, the Falcon based Ranchero.
Burgundy metallic paint bathes the exterior panels, which show scratches, bubbles, and some underlying rust. Black paint has been sprayed on the bumpers, door handles, and badging. It presents in fair condition, as it contains lots of scratches, revealing the chrome and its faults that are being covered. This is also true for the grille, which is better than the bumpers, but still shows some of the aforementioned afflictions. A popup remote controlled metal tonneau cover over the bed, matches the body color. Popping it reveals a parquet floor, yes parquet, just like the one you do the Tango on. Sadly, the tonneau has a leak, and some of it has been irreparably damaged. This area also houses a storage box with a lid which is covered in the parquet. Noted is a passenger window glass has a crack in it, however, still moves up and down. Brushed aluminum 14” American Racing Outlaw 2 wheels are on all 4 corners of this car/truck.
A burlap style material has been used on the door panels, and the headliner. Doors show slight leaks around the weather stripping. In the interior, late model tweed cloth buckets with a large armrest on the passenger side that could double as a center console for leaning on for more comfort. The original metal dual cowled eyebrow designed dash remains but has an aftermarket AM/FM/CD player, a few new toggles, and dual gauges hanging from the underside. Also added is a battery cutoff switch. In the back of the seats, a large plywood panel has been added, and mounted on it are two large stereo speakers…talk about a rumble seat?! Gauging is all original within the dash and presents nicely. An adjustable steering column has an aftermarket steering wheel attached.
In the engine bay, which has been sprayed with a textured speckle paint, sits the 170ci Inline 6-cylinder engine. It is fed by a 1-barrel carburetor and backed by a C4 3-speed automatic transmission. A Ford 7” rear is noted in this drivetrain setup.
Slight surface rust, with some areas previously repaired such as floorpans, and crossmembers to the frame. A large quantity of rustproofing spray exists on various areas of this undercarriage. It is unknown if this serves a nefarious purpose to hide anything, but based on the rest of the car, I would imagine repairs were made if needed.
All in all, an interesting model of a Ford Falcon seldom seen in this configuration. An interesting and some curious parts as to the restoration, however it runs well, and with a little TLC will be back up to snuff.
H-Lorain OH Assy Plant
195796-Sequential Unit Number
COLOR A-Raven Black
DATE 26B-February 26th Build
AXLE 5-3.50 Gears
TRANS 1-3 Speed Manual