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The fifth-generation Ford Ranchero, produced in 1970/71, is on the Torino platform. An owner could order it with a Gem top for the box or the Squire version was also an option with wood-grain vinyl appliqué on the body. For the sporty look, though, the Ranchero could also have a bright laser stripe package with this pinstriping extending down each side and across the tail gate if you liked. The lines are a smooth, curvy, Coke bottle styling, and the Ranchero shares the same shallow pointed grille as its platform mate, the Torino. This body styling is the same from ’68 to ’72, although the ’70 model features a sweeping 57-degree slope on the windshield. Hideaway headlights are an option on each year as well as the oversized hood scoop, but it's mounted on a ridged hood for ’71.
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These two years are the first of the Ranchero’s to have their unique badging displayed in the passenger compartment. In previous years, they sported the logos of the other vehicle it shared a platform with. This fifth generation is on a 117-inch wheelbase and could be ordered with power brakes with a further choice of front discs to give greater stopping power. Optional exterior goodies available are locking hood pins, egg crate grille, and the GT badging. The interiors with high back bucket seats, a console, and a tachometer are all on the table.
The most popular model for these two years is the base Ranchero 500 with a three-speed transmission or the automatic; both mounted on the column. The engines are either the 155 bhp six-cylinder or two small-block V8s. The GT version comes with a 302-cubic-inch engine developing 220 bhp. There was an intermediate 351-cubic-inch Cleveland V8 engine also available with two power choices, the base two-barrel, developing 250 bhp, and the other had 300 bhp with a four-barrel on the intake. If you ordered the 351 four barrel with an automatic, it was the FMX transmission.
Otherwise, the C4 automatic, three-speed manual, or four-speed transmissions were all possible options for most of the above. These all came with a standard Ford light-duty rearend or the high-quality, durable 9-inch type, but either differential could have a variety of gear ratios inside from 2.75:1 to 3.50:1, unless the owner picked traction lock, then the ratios ranged from 3.00:1 right up to 4.30:1.
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However, also available in ’70 and ’71 was the 429-cubic-inch (7.0L) V8 with a four-barrel and two available upgrades, but this was a very rare version with only 153 units from the factory with the optional four-speed only fitted into 78 units. Also, a very small percentage of those were sold with the shaker hood, but there are no figures for this choice.
There were two very high-powered versions of this engine that an owner could purchase in ’70 or ’71. One was the new for ’70 Ram Air Cobra Jet package or the tried-and-true Super Cobra version, which came with a shaker hood, if you chose it. Either one produced 370 bhp and develop 480 lbs.-ft.of torque.
Should you find and decide to purchase one of these collector items, you could reasonably to expect to pay $100,000 or more unless you can find one that needs a lot of work to make it drivable.
Ranchero is still growing-back to ’59 size in 1968 and the new Fairlane Ranchero is now sharing the platform with the full size Torino, which could include the more uptown exterior trim. The interior upholstery available could be very plush, like its counterpart, with luxury as one of the options. The brushed aluminum dash instruments feature white numerals, in a four pod cluster. There are warning light indicators for charging and oil pressure rather than gauges. If you have an upscale model then one of the gauge housings could hold a tachometer and another housing a clock, if you chose them.This year, included on all models, is the new seat belt warning light. The whole Ranchero line has a slimmer two spoke steering wheel with a broader safety pad, but includes a horn blowing ring that is still similar to the ’67 models.
Trim levels in ’68 range from a Spartan entry level offer, then the Ranchero 500, to the luxury GT model; the full range now sports a new style flat, three piece grill with the four headlights horizontally oriented, wrap around bumpers, with reflectors, side marker lights doing the double job of parking lights and directional indicators. This year all the goodies for the full size automobiles is also an option for the Ranchero including air conditioning, buckets, center console, AM/FM radio, rim choices, front power disks, hood scoop (included with the GT), and also offer a vinyl roof; all these are there if you want to pay the price.
Power train options start with the base 250 cu in six up to a full range of V8’s offering fuel economy by mounting a two barrel carburetor but also have a four barrel if fast is more important. The middle of the road engines are the 289 cu in, the 302 cu in (4.9 l), and the new 351 Windsor all with the two barrel as basic equipment. The largest power option available is the 428 cu in (7.0 L) Cobra Jet FE putting out 390 hp from the factory floor in a detuned mode, but with little tinkering this engine is quite capable of developing 427 hp without much effort or expense. The transmissions available are a four speed FXM automatic, three speed standard, and if you like, for more get up and go, a four speed is also offered for the larger engines.
The 1969 Ranchero changes little from the ’68 offer BUT a little known and extremely rare option package was available, only for the ’69 model year. The “Rio Grande” was around; only by special order and is a trim package for the GT model coming in three “grabber” colors. This special edition sports a scoop in the partly blacked out hood, side stripes, bed rails, vinyl top, and unique wheel centers with “Ford Ranchero Rio Grande” in them. The Rio Grande version is identified on the registration as a “Special Performance Vehicle” no matter what power train is chosen; another identifying feature is a blank spot on the VIN where the “trim code” would normally be. There is possibly up to 900 units out there somewhere.