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1. Tell us the story behind your ride. What made you pick this particular one? Where did you find it? I picked up this 1972 Ranchero down the street from my house in May of 2014. At that time I wanted to start a El Camino build that I didn't need to worry about Smog regulations. When I was browsing Craigslist. myself and my grandfather looked at about 3 El Caminos and 2 Rancheros. This 72 was always sitting in the street and I saw it when ever I went to work. I bought it after a test drive for about $3000. 2. Describe the modifications you have made. Where did you start, what’s the most recent mod and what motivated it? When I first got the car. I did basic stuff like a oil change, spark plugs, ect. after a few months I realized the motor was not in the best shape. It was a Ford 400, no huge aftermarket support and it didn't make to much power. I decided to address the tires, suspension, and chassis wiring before I did the drivetrain. I had a mechanic rewire the whole car with a Painless Kit, I got the brakes done, new shocks. and JUST when I was going to think about restoring the 400, it blew up. the distributor gear annihilated it self and took some internals with it. At that point I went Big block. I had only one rule. keep it all Ford in the base stuff. Engine Block, transmission, ect. I got in contact with a Big block Ford engine builder out of Colorado named Carl. together we decided on a simple 500hp 429 build and the rest is history. 3. Of all the mods you’ve made, which do you think offers the biggest bang for the buck? The Engine. At the time I ordered the engine, I was able to get a Full assembled, tested and broken in long block Ford 429 for $7200 Shipped. I coundn't find any small black fords that could make that kind of power for that price. Since I went with a builder who ONLY deals with the 385 series Fords. I was able to get some work done on the heads by him to get more out DOVE cast heads that saved me thousands on aluminum heads. How did you go about selecting the specific parts for this build? Any installation tips to share? After I got the Big Block, most of the parts I was able to find on Rockauto, Summit or Jegs without issue. But the hardest part was the headers. not to many people make headers for this combination. I was able to find a company called Ford Powertrain Applications. and they made a bolt in header that fit no issue after I spaced out the motor mounts. took me 5 months of hunting and installing other headers that get that stage done. 4. What’s been the biggest challenge with this build? The biggest challenge was trying to stay on budget and taking my time. over that last few months I have been ordering alot of parts so I can get the Ranchero ready for a all Ford car show in April. Otherwise I am fortunate to have friends and coworkers that know their way around cars so I wasn't alone in the build. 5. What are you planning next? After the April car show. I am going to have 3.73 gears and Posi installed and take it out to the drag strip to see if it can beat my WS6 in the 1/4 mile. After racing it I'll get new seats, rollcage, and mess with the suspension to see if it can slide. after all that paint. the color is still in the works, but I am thinking Haze Grey like the USS Missouri. The reason is that alot of my friends call the Ranchero a boat, so it might has well be a battleship!
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