With spring almost here, we have already begun thinking about what to get for a summer project. This 1971 Ford Ranchero Special was garage kept for most of its life and could be a great project. It was used as a daily driver for many years, but is still on the road. It needs some work, but should make a great starting point. Find it here on eBay or in Woodstock, Georgia.
The Ranchero could be ordered with a variety of engine options. This one came with the base 302 V8 and a three on the tree manual transmission. The 302 doesn’t put out the kind of power one of the bigger V8′s does, but it should be adequate for hauling supplies for those spring projects and evening cruises around town.
The Special Package was a visual package that included two tone paint with special side stripes, vinyl top, black lined truck bed, and a multi-tone interior. This one’s body is clean, but has some dents and dings. The paint is claimed to be original and has the right patina to be. The interior has seen better days and needs some work, but could be used as is.
The seller has already done most of the major work to make this a solid daily driver again, but there are a few things that could use fixing. The seller has set a BIN price of $8k, but hopefully they have set their reserve considerably lower than that. We only wish it had the 429 Cobra Jet in it, but it would make due just as is. If the seller’s production numbers are correct, then this could be one rare Ranchero. Do you think this would make for a good summer project or is there some other classic you already have your eye on?