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Old 03-19-2010, 06:48 AM   #15
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LOL! Or pretty girls!

We hope Dad likes it-it's a surprise. We plan on meeting him for breakfast, parking the Ranchero behind the restaurant, and handing him a small gift-wrapped box with the keys in it.
Sweet!.... sure would like to be a fly on the wall for that moment.
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Old 03-19-2010, 09:24 AM   #16
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I DONT SEE A Problem. I think with a proper Weight Distribution hitch installed it should do just fine with the Bambi. However I like others would be a little concerned with the trans,so adding a trans cooler and maybe a larger radiator would probabley be a good idea.
I also would love to see the look on his face when he gets the keys to that beauty.
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Old 03-19-2010, 06:23 PM   #17
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Yes and probably. If an automatic, you will need a transmission cooler and perhaps a larger radiator in addition to the hitch.

But then I tow with a 1977 Lincoln and a 1973 Powerwagon.

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Bill,

Thanks so much for the advice and encouraging words. We'll keep them in mind.

Gemma and Murray

P.s. We like your avatar and the great VAC article on your double door Liner!
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Old 03-19-2010, 07:05 PM   #18
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Bill,

Thanks so much for the advice and encouraging words. We'll keep them in mind.

Gemma and Murray

P.s. We like your avatar and the great VAC article on your double door Liner!
Gemma and Murray,

You are welcome, the picture was taken at the Badwater parking area in Death Valley NP. We plan on taking the Liner to the RMVAC rally this August.

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Old 03-19-2010, 09:18 PM   #19
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That is one sweet 1970 Ranchero. I am a big fan of the 351 Cleveland.. My brother has a 1972 Pantera with a 351C and my first car, a 1970 Mach1 Mustang, shares that same wonderful engine from Cleveland. Yes, I still have the Mach1 after all these years, but it is currently hibernating in my garage waiting for me to finish the restoration. Here's a picture from the mid-80s when the Mach1 was in its prime:
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Old 03-19-2010, 09:32 PM   #20
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Murray,

Thats a really nice ranchero... very straight and clean.

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Old 03-20-2010, 03:08 PM   #21
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Hi, a few things from memory about the Ranchero/Torino/Country Squire. The 351 Cleveland will have no problem towing, but you might want to add some ballast in the bed. The 351 Cleveland 4V has very large intake ports and is followed by a C-6 transmission. The 351 Cleveland 2V has small intake ports and is followed with a a C-4 transmission. I believe all Rancheros had a 9" differential and the other models had a 8" differential with the 2-V / C-4 option. During this time frame, Cougars with a 351 Cleveland 4-V also had the C-6, but the 2-V engines had the FMX transmission.
Zowie Bob! You are certainly a font of knowledge. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge with us!

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Yhottys,

What is the axle ratio?
Two places to find out if you do not know. The VIN tag on the driver's door will have an axle code and from there you will need to de-code. The VIN tag on the door will have a single digit that is numeric if standard axle and alpha if trac loc.
The other place will be a small metal tag under a nut or bolt on the rear axle.

I ask because the towing capacity will change with axle ratio. Likely there will be 4 or 5 choices for that model. 2.8, 3.00, 3.25, 3.50 and ? The larger the number the more capacity you should have.

And one of my TV's was created in 1966.

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LOL! Or pretty girls!

We hope Dad likes it-it's a surprise. We plan on meeting him for breakfast, parking the Ranchero behind the restaurant, and handing him a small gift-wrapped box with the keys in it.

It may bring back all those great polyester, leisure suit memories.
So, if it can tow the Bambi - will you hand it over as well?

Sure wish you two lived in Florida - my son needs friends like you who will set such a good example of gifting.

Very nice!

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Old 03-20-2010, 07:16 PM   #24
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Murray,

Thats a really nice ranchero... very straight and clean.

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Thanks Vinnie!

Let's hope Pops thinks so too!

See you soon,
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Thanks Vinnie!

Let's hope Pops thinks so too!

See you soon,
I have faith that he will. I notice that the wheels and caps are original, too. I haven't seen any of those since my brother got the set of mags for his. Very pristine condition.
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Old 03-20-2010, 11:57 PM   #26
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I notice that the wheels and caps are original, too. I haven't seen any of those since my brother got the set of mags for his. Very pristine condition.
Know what else is original Vaughn? The AM radio with it's single speaker. We started laughing when we realized that we couldn't call it stereo. We're driving down Highway 5 now and all we can pick up are talk radio stations.

She's driving great and handling the road well. 561 miles until we get to Phoenix.

Happy and safe journeys,
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Old 03-21-2010, 09:38 AM   #27
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Yhottys,

What is the axle ratio?
Two places to find out if you do not know. The VIN tag on the driver's door will have an axle code and from there you will need to de-code. The VIN tag on the door will have a single digit that is numeric if standard axle and alpha if trac loc.
The other place will be a small metal tag under a nut or bolt on the rear axle.

I ask because the towing capacity will change with axle ratio. Likely there will be 4 or 5 choices for that model. 2.8, 3.00, 3.25, 3.50 and ? The larger the number the more capacity you should have.

And one of my TV's was created in 1966.

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Thanks for the information Action.

We'll look up the information when we get to Phoenix. We should be there in about an hour. We'll post our findings later.

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As always, you can lower the gearing by using low profile tires. This gives the same effect as the factory trailer towing package.

In other words if the car came with 70 series tires install the same size but 60 series. If it came with 60 install 50.

The smaller tires lower the gear ratio by about 7% which is about the same as the trailer towing package.

The low profile tires also help control side sway.
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