Thanks - here's an update...
I wanted to share our restoration project - "LANE". Lane is the name my son
has chosen for his 1967 Ford Ranchero 500XL, 289, C4, all the parts are
there and she is finally at home!
You can visit her HERE - http://www.my67ranchero.com /
We will be documenting the whole restoration project on this web site, so
check back every now and then and see what we've done on "Lane" - she's a
sweet little ride that we are excited to have in our family of cars.
Have you kissed your BlueOval car today? Maybe you should!?!?
PS - Lane is from the middle English meaning "from the narrow path or road"
and has been used for both male and female names.
I can't tell if you are being sarcastic or sincere. It looks like once a good
cleanup is done to remove the tree sap and moss (?) the car will actually be
darn solid. It's certainly going to take some work, but it is apparently mostly
cosmetic and soft parts.
Ya, I think 24 years and this condition, not too shabby. Best of all,
everything is still there. Sarcastic or not, I appreciate the commentary as
I have seen many more cars, younger than this, in way worse condition taken
on as restoration projects. We felt very fortunate to have found this one in
such good condition.
We recently hand cranked the engine to find that it spins extremely well.
Using a remote starter switch we turned it over. Even the starter worked!
3 of 4 headlights work
brake lights and taillights work
driving lights work
starter turns engine over nicely
axles all spin, not freely, but easily
steering works well from what we could tell
tailgate latches are in good condition and they work fine
left door has a stiff hinge
right door works well, no stiffness
Hood opened first time we tried once we got it on level ground
Sadly, the horns did not work. <sigh>
What's it need;
nearly everything, but we have all the parts, and a lot of resources to get
replacement parts as needed.
Our next steps are the fuel system and getting new locks for the doors and
ignition. The widow cannot locate the keys and a locksmith was unsuccessful
in making keys. The pins are worn down too much. No biggie, for $65 total I
have all I need to correct that issue.
The objective it to get it's engine in running order. Judging from the color
of the oil, it is in good condition. The transmission is FULL of fluid, thus
the likelihood of a static leak is low, but we will be rebuilding it all
through the project. Short term goals are assessment of condition, fixing
the obvious problems that would keep it off the road. We'd like to drive it
around the circle here at home. Just once...
Since the car sat under some very large pine trees, it only saw sunlight on
the front, thus the faded paint and rust on top. The trees provided a lot of
shade as well as being an umbrella from much of the rain. Plus, it is a
California car, non-coastal, so it hasn't any idea what salt is either.
Overall, a great find! We are thoroughly enjoying the work we have done so
far and are excited to do more.
I thought so, but with text it's sometimes hard to tell the "tone" of a
Yes, this will be an interesting restoration of a really cool car.I don't recall
seeing a Ranchero XL in person. In years past I've owned a number of Galaxie and
So you mean the engine is in good condition too?
Just makes me even more amzed
I've visited the site and downloaded the videos and it really gave me an
itch,finding a car like that and well,plenty of work but no mayor rust
issues at least what the videos wiewed,and restore it.
Wish you a good time restoring this beauty
Watch for more videos - just got a new digital camcorder, so we will be
putting little snippets of the engine spinning, etc. very soon.
Ya, I was totally shocked it spun so easily. At first I was telling my son
"Well, the engine is probably shot so we'll need to pull it out, tear it
down, blah, blah, blah..." - maybe not!
Glad you're enjoying the site and videos too - more to come as we progress
along. I hate "blogs" and prefer just a really nice web site so that is what
I am doing.
Prefer sites like yours too those blogs nothing great with them at all
Really looking forward for the next vidoes
And hearing the engine running music to my ears
PS English is not my main language so excuse if my grammar is bad
No apologies necessary - the love of Ford cars is our language here...
Ya, I did not get as much done as I wanted this long weekend. Next weekend I
am away at a class, so we will be doing small bits in the evenings. I now
have most of the replacement ignition parts ready to install. Looking for a
carburetor rebuild kit or a rebuilt one. According to the manual the one
that is on there is an Autolite 2200 v-2. Also need to put in a new fuel
pump and replace the fuel filter(s).
More to come...
Hey, would it be good to set up a small mailing list for folks so I can just
send a quick note to all who are interested when I make updates or take
another step in our progress? Easy for me to do and happy to do it if anyone
Your carb is a 2100, used in varying configurations on Ford products for
about......well, almost forever. It's one of the easiest carbs to rebuild. I did
quick search but couldn't find a kit. I did find this though. Ebay item
This would probably do you until you can get the original rebuilt. Be careful of
choke heat tube running down to the exhaust manifold. It's probably really
(rust) at the manifold if not broken already.
Since the car has set for so long I'd like to offer a few suggestions before
fire it up.
1. prime the oil system by removing the distributor and spinning the oil pump
drill. You'll have to make a shaft to attach to the pump drive. That motor will
very dry and starting it like this can do a lot of damage. (fresh oil and
course). Squirt a little oil into each cylinder and turn the engine by hand
about 10 revs.
2. Run the engine from a container of clean fuel piped to the fuel pump inlet.
this amount of time you don't want to suck the trash in the tank and lines into
fuel system. Have the tank flushed (and lined if necessary) before using it for
3. Flush the cooling system and replace the thermostat and hoses before starting
engine. This will head off surprises that will take the fun out of bringing the
to life after it's long nap.
4 Be prepared for oil and coolant leaks. The seals in the motor are quite old
likely dried out.
Good luck and keep us posted.
These are great suggestions. I would add that Autozone will loan you he
oil pump spin tool (perfect fit, I've used it) and that the carb kit
should be available at Autozone, Checkers or one of the other
discounters. Good luck. I'm looking for an old Ranchero myself!
Duh, sometimes I kinda miss the obvious. AZ shows a GP-Sorensen kit for $12. A
gallon of Berryman carb dip and you'll be in business. You;ll need the number
the carb tag, it's mounted to one of the front top cover screws.
I know this is premature but I'll mention it. The choke heat tube was always a
trouble spot on Ford carbs. It drew hot air from the right exhaust manifold to
the choke spring. They would always rust off at the manifold. There were kits
available to repair the connection that sorta worked. I found out long ago that
can use an electrically heated housing from a 70s Ford carb connected to the "S"
terminal of the alternator and eliminate the troublesome heat tube (unless
going for 100% original). File this away for later if you think it may be
UPDATE: The carb had no tag, so I simply ordered a rebuilt one. I haven't
got a lot of time to tinker with rebuilding a carb, so it was easier to just
I also ordered the rest of the ignition parts I will need to get it running.
We are changing the oil this week, swapping out the carbs, replacing points,
condenser, fuel pump and will feed gas from a remote tank, not the car's
tank as we do not know what is in there. We just want to hear it run for a
If we achieve that goal, everything else will be FUN!
The news will posted onto out site late this week, definitely by Sunday
since we will likely not get to turning over until then.
Thanks to all for the advice, guidance and support - we are having a blast
with the car.
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