Sure - the underside is in excellent condition. The car was treated
some sort of undercoating, so there is little corrosion/rust on the
We have not pulled any carpet up inside yet, but we do anticipate a bit
rust in there, although not a lot as the car was under the cover of
large Pine trees for the 24 years it sat.
Shock towers look to be in very good condition as well with limited
As soon as I can, sometime in August, I will be finishing up the
the web site as well as putting together a large photo gallery AND a
list for those who would like updates on the progress of the Ranchero
Take Care and chat with you all soon...
Sounds like a really good object,wish I could see it it live:-) The earlier
owner took good care of the car hopefully it will not be to much rust under
the carpets either.
Is it hard to get parts to the car? like interior and stuff.
Looking forward to the updates,I really enjoyed the first pics and videos.As
I've mentioned earlier it will be great to follow the project.
Take care see ya
Doesn't seem to be too difficult to get parts. Since the Ranchero of that
year is basically a Fairlane, they use a lot of the same parts. I've had
good luck so far finding what we need to get it running - I hope to have the
engine running this weekend. We had a heat wave here that delayed me nearly
three weeks past my goal of getting a spark by July 31. Oh well...
I am working on the web site now and will have the mailing list setup in the
next 2-3 weeks. As soon as it is setup, I will post the URL to sign up and
we will at least update monthly, or any time there is a significant event or
Thanks for watching!
Great to hear part are not hard to find,and that you've got what's needed to
get it running.
Het wave yeah we had it here too exhausting when not used to around 95 F
usualla we have around 80-85 F so..
Now it's a lot cooler and I'm on my way to look at a '66 Fairlane,buy
it,well it's a bit overpriced and the guy is not knowned to lower prices
that much to make a good deal:-)
But it's free to look and take a testdrive thoug:-)
The car is a restored Fairlane GT/GTA and seems to be accurate,but I'll
check the numbers I've got them from a book "Standard Catalog of Ford
1903-1990" and friend who owned one some years ago told me waht to look for
Great to hear about the site too
Take care see ya
AMAZING folks - we actually got the Ranchero to RUN!!! Well, only for 5
seconds, but I have VIDEO OF IT!!! (links below) Only 2 weeks late on
my objective. I
blame the heat wave, so technically, factoring in the 2 week delay, we
ON SCHEDULE with the progress!!!
This week we will replace the carburetor, fuel pump and fuel filters
with associated fuel lines. We are NOT going to use the gas tank until
have it inspected, so we will use a 5 gallon gas can to pull fuel from.
We are also going to flush the coolant, do an oil and filter change
in some slick 50 for good measures and we will see what happens!!!
It was an amazing day!!!
Turning over without plugs installed...
quick turnover - ran!!!
5 seconds running!
I have some FANTASTIC NEWS --- We got the Ranchero to run for 5 full
I will be posting VIDEO of the run, a shorter test run and the engine
turning over without plugs installed.
Look for the updates on the web site - http://www.my67ranchero.com/ by
AUG-14, in the evening, Pacific time.
Thanks to all for the GREAT discussion EXCELLENT help and suggestions
and SOUND advice. This project has trule been enhanced by all of your
ideas and help!
Oh, forgot to mention that we now have all the fuel components to swap
out, so we will be doing that tonight and tomorrow night and using a 5
gallon fuel cell for a supply untl we see what condition the gas tanks
are in - it has 2. One original and one aftermarket tank. The secondary
tank is terribly corroded, so we will likely remove it for now. My son
wants to put another one back in for LOOOOOOOOOOOOONG road trips.
Thanks again to all,
It's me, TAZ, and I have the videos FINALLY up on the server... <sigh>
I had a heckuva time keep the FTP connection up long enough.
This weekend is the one - we are replacing the fuel pump, all fuel
lines and the carburetor. We are also putting wheels back on the car
and taking it off the stands / blocks.
Lastly, the web site will look MUCH micer soon - I am working on a new
design. Will let you know when that is done too.
OK, spellcheck is NEEDED - I meant the site will look much NICER...
Also, still have a bit of trouble getting the videos up on the server.
I may have to resort to a freebie place like youtube... <sigh>
I know what you mean:-) when I had a site well,somethings are easy to forget
the name sometimes or some files or.....well,it can be like that especially
But now I'll picked the videos so I'll see them and I promise I'll really
enjoy them as much as the first ones
Love to fpllow the restoration,my only wish is that I could see it live:-)
It's early in the morning here... I have to tell you some GOOD NEWS!!!
Are you sitting down? Hope so...
REALLY - I have some good news...
WE GOT THE RANCHERO RUNNING. Not for 5 seconds either - it ran, and ran
again, and again...
It also goes into reverse and forward, though we could not actually
drive it - we were using a temporary gas tank until we get the other
one dropped, cleaned and remounted. For now, she sits in the driveway
waiting for those next steps!!!
AWESOME! It was my goal to have it running before midnight Saturday,
August 19. It ran for the first time at 23:57 (11:57PM)!!! I got it
done with 3 minutes to spare, so we let it run those 3 minutes! LOTS of
smoke since the little animals had made their homes in the exhaust
manifolds and on top of the intake as well. All the animals are gone
and I power-sprayed most of the crud out, but some remained, so we left
it. It will eventually get burned out or cleaned out as we continue
this RUNNING restoration project.
My son has decided this car is going to be called "The Miracle Car"
when we take it to shows and such. He originally named it LANE, short
for Fairlane, but also a cool Chick name. Anyway, it is still "Lane",
but it is also now our Miracle Car.
Well, as you can see, it is late, uh, early, here on the West Coast of
America, so I must go shower up and get some sleep before church.
Thanks to ALL OF YOU for your support and encouragement... This has
been great sharing the info and getting awesome ideas and advice.
*** Oh, AND, I now have a listserver running - I will continue to post
updates here, but if you prefer to get the updaates via email as well,
then I will gladly post the link to get on the list.
PS - I have video - it was dark, but I think I can lighten it up with
my editing software. So, be patient and give me a few days to get it
prettied up and uploaded.
This was really music,and I'm sitting down well,I did :-)
The engine running for 3 minutes,you mean no sputter,smooth running all the
I'm so amazed you really got a Miracle Car,24 years and in this good
Now I really wish I could see it live.
OK, the listserver isn't pretty, but it works.
You can sign up here - http://www.my67ranchero.com/list/?p=subscribe
I will be giving weekly updates via the newsletter/listserver even
though the site says monthly, I decided since we are doing so much work
so fast, weekly makes more sense.
I will continue to post messages for the next 8 weeks on the
newsgroups, then I will likely only send a monthly post to the
newsgroups and use the listserver to deliver updates to those who are
I should have some updates this Sunday night after we work on it this
Hmm, got a "Couldn't find server" type message.
No matter. Glad to hear that the resurrection is moving along. Keep us posted.
I cringed when you started it with the old oil....please tell me that you at
primed it first!! (cranked it over until you got oil pressure).
I'm kind of surprised that no one on this group has complained about the
posting of your resto/resurrection efforts. I've enjoyed it as have others
from the replies to your posts, but this seems like something that would draw
from folks that have differing views about what's acceptable here and what is
Oh well, I for one don't object.
Keep up the good work and keep posting updates. I would personally like to see
car go from derelict to driver. From your descriptions, it was pretty close as
so you're nearly half way there. Make sure that you thoroughly inspect the
they are pretty old obviously, especially the hydraulic system. Safety First!
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