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1957 Ford Ranchero - Dec 2012

We are taking this newly painted 57 Ranchero and giving it an updated drivetrain, electronics and interior. The new motor comes from a 2007 Mustang GT, mated to an automatic trans and the original 9 inch rearend. Other updates will include Vintage Air AC, power steering with a tilt column, new gauges, power locks and windows, etc.

The big 4.6L engine was to wide for the stock framerails, so a section from a 69 Chevelle has been grafted on. I know, Chevy parts on a Ford, but the frame rails were exactly the same size, same track width, etc.

 

Frame is stripped, cleaned and painted. New suspension is installed, and engine/trans are in place.

Front end reassembled and engine bay work continues - it's a pretty tight fit.

 

Interior work started. Firewall had a lot of holes to fill. Dash is being completely reworked to house the Vintage Air controls, a modern sterero, and AC vents. A center console will be added for cupholders and gauges as well.

Dash is painted and assembled, engine bay is done - all wiring and plumbing complete, and a lot of body trim is in place, along with front and rear windshields. The engine has been fired up and sounds amazing!!!

 

Reassembling body and interior - almost done...

 The interior is very comfy and full of all the latest gadgets (AC, power windows and locks, nice stereo, etc.).  Door panels were custom made to mimic the exterior trim and colors.  Power windows activated by moving the factory style window cranks up or down about half an inch.  Power locks and alarm are remote activated.  Power steering via Ididit column. Power brakes via Wilwood master cylinder and 4-wheel discs.

Everything fits under the factory hood.  Notice the Ranchero emblem in place of the pony on the engine cover.

Exterior looks like a restored Ranchero with some aftermarket wheels - what lurks under the hood is always a surprise.