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Ford Ranchero

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A pickup car produced by Ford.  The early-1960's generation of the car was a submodel of the Ford Falcon marketed in print as the Falcon Ranchero.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Ford Ranchero page on 25 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Ford Ranchero is a coupe utility that was produced by Ford between 1957 and 1979. Unlike a pickup truck, the Ranchero was adapted from a two-door station wagon platform that integrated the cab and cargo bed into the body. A total of 508,355 units were produced during the model's production run. Over its lifespan it was variously derived from full-sized, compact, and intermediate automobiles sold by Ford for the North American market.

During the 1970s, the Ranchero name was used in the South African market on a rebadged Australian Ford Falcon utility. These vehicles were sent to South Africa in complete knock down (CKD) form, and assembled at the Port Elizabeth plant. In Argentina, a utility version of the locally produced Ford Falcon was also called Ranchero.

The original Ranchero sold well enough to spawn a competitor from General Motors in 1959, the Chevrolet El Camino.

The first Ford Model T and Model A pickup trucks were created from sedans by placing a truck box behind the body of a car truncated behind the driver's seat. In 1934, Ford Australia's designer Lew Bandt modified a coupe with a smoothly integrated loadbed that could be used like a car to drive to church or to deliver pigs to market. This created the coupe utility which remains a popular body style known as the "ute" in Australia. In North America, pickup trucks evolved into a heavier duty form with cabs and beds that were quite distinct from passenger automobiles. The Ranchero was the first postwar American vehicle of its type adapted from a popular sedan from the factory. It combined the sleek looks of a sedan with the utility of a light-duty pickup truck.


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1961 Ford Ranchero Frank's Nightmare Model Car 1961
"Frank's Nightmare"

Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
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1961 Ford Ranchero Frank's Nightmare Model Car 1961
"Frank's Nightmare"

Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
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1961 Ford Ranchero Frank's Nightmare Model Car 1961
"Frank's Nightmare"

Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
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1963 Ford Falcon Ranchero 1963
With Ford Falcon Trailer

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2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
June 14, 2009
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1963 Ford Falcon Ranchero 1963
With Ford Falcon Trailer

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2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
June 14, 2009
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1963 Ford Falcon Ranchero 1963
With Ford Falcon Trailer

Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
June 14, 2009
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1963 Ford Falcon Ranchero 1963
With Ford Falcon Trailer

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2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
June 14, 2009
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1963 Ford Falcon Ranchero 1963
With Ford Falcon Trailer

Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
June 14, 2009
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1963 Ford Falcon Ranchero 1963
With Ford Falcon Trailer

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2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
June 14, 2009
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1963 Ford Falcon Ranchero 1963
With Ford Falcon Trailer

Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
June 14, 2009
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1963 Ford Falcon Ranchero 1963
With Ford Falcon Trailer

Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
June 14, 2009
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See N Green Ford Ranchero Drag Car Model See N Green
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
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1969 Ford Ranchero GT 302ci Automatic 1969 GT 302ci Automatic
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
for $10,500 at the Mecum 2012 Fall Premier Auction
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1969 Ford Ranchero GT 302ci Automatic 1969 GT 302ci Automatic
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
for $10,500 at the Mecum 2012 Fall Premier Auction
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1969 Ford Ranchero GT 302ci Automatic 1969 GT 302ci Automatic
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
for $10,500 at the Mecum 2012 Fall Premier Auction
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1970 Ford Ranchero GT 429ci/360hp 4-Speed 1970 GT 429ci/360hp 4-Speed
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
for $21,000 at the Mecum 2012 Fall Premier Auction
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1970 Ford Ranchero GT 429ci/360hp 4-Speed 1970 GT 429ci/360hp 4-Speed
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for $21,000 at the Mecum 2012 Fall Premier Auction
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1970 Ford Ranchero GT 429ci/360hp 4-Speed 1970 GT 429ci/360hp 4-Speed
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for $21,000 at the Mecum 2012 Fall Premier Auction
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Ford Ranchero Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
Thunder Road Cruise Night:  April 14, 2010
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Ford Ranchero Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
Thunder Road Cruise Night:  April 14, 2010
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1977 Ford Ranchero Advertisement 1977
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1978 Ford Ranchero GT 1978 GT
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Green Street Cruise Night:  June 21, 2010
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1978 Ford Ranchero GT 1978 GT
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Green Street Cruise Night:  June 21, 2010
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1978 Ford Ranchero GT 1978 GT
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Green Street Cruise Night:  June 21, 2010
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1978 Ford Ranchero GT 1978 GT
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Green Street Cruise Night:  June 21, 2010
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1978 Ford Ranchero GT 1978 GT
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
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1978 Ford Ranchero GT 1978 GT
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Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
3 March 2008NHTSA Recall 08E019000 Intercontinental Auto Parts ALG 44/1, Purolator F10024, 1978-1980 Ford Bronco, 1977 Ford Country Squire, 1977-1980 Ford E-Series, 1978-1982 Ford F-Series, 1980 Ford Fairmont, 1979-1980 Ford Granada, 1977, 1979-1980 Ford LTD, 1980 Ford Mustang, 1975 Ford Pinto
1979 Ford Ranchero, 1977-1980 Ford Thunderbird, 1980 Lincoln Versailles, 1975 Mercury Bobcat, 1977, 1979-1980 Mercury Capri, 1977, 1979-1980 Mercury Colony Park, 1977-1980 Mercury Cougar, 1977, 1979-1980 Mercury Grand Marquis, 1979-1980 Mercury Monarch, 1980 Mercury Zephyr
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page


Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Model Kit - Trumpeter 0251165 Ford Falcon Ranchero pickup, stock plusClassic Car Collection, 1:25 scale


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