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1966 Ford Ranchero Barn Find - $4,995 (Escondido)


1966 Ford

condition: fair
cylinders: 8 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 97066
paint color: white
title status: clean
transmission: automatic

This is a very original 1966 Ranchero, sort of a barn find but really just parked on the street for 50+ years.

I purchased this from the original owner who said he only drove it on Fridays. The car has 97,066 original miles.

This is a perfect restoration project. The car runs and drives but with its 50+ year old original factory shocks, springs and worn out suspension bushings, it drives like a couch at the moment.

This Ranchero has its original California smog equipment (smog pump and exhaust manifold tubing) and muffler with FOMOCO stamping.

It is amazing that this car lasted so long having never been garaged.

The original owner, Andy bought the car in Los Angeles before moving to San Diego in 1969.

The car has the original engine tag on its 289, I am not certain if this is the original carburetor that was rebuilt at some point.

Andy worked in the oil business and told me he had been using synthetic oil for its maintenance since 1968.

The engine runs amazing considering its age. From what I can tell, Andy did only simple maintenance, hoses, belts, tune up that's it.

He would use a chain to connect the brake pedal to the steering wheel as the original "club" antitheft device which eventually forced him to remove the horn ring to protect it from damage. It is in good shape.

The car has its original single point distributor.

The car has power steering and a 289 with two barrel carburetor.

Many of the factory inspection marks are still visible, including the radiator core support, rear end and front springs.

All the glass is original and you can see "Carlite" on each window. The period correct rainbow decal that came with tube socks in the 1970's is also present. (if you remember these socks and decals)

It is missing one Ranchero emblem on the passenger side.

There is some door skin rust, as does part of the tailgate where Andy tried to make a bondo repair. The floors are very clean.

As Andy aged, he could not drive the 4 wheel, non-power assist drum brakes well and he bumped his wife's car more than once. The bumpers are decent but appear that the brackets have bent somewhat into the body.

This car is a great project which was my intention but I am moving out of state and am taking a different car with me.

Make me an offer if you are into this. My plan was to refresh the drivetrain and interior but leave the body ugly, roached, patina, whatever you want call it but with this car's original ashtray hub caps, it is a true sleeper.

I will put this on BAT in a few weeks if it does not sell locally.

Sorry, this car SOLD,


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