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post #16 of 79 (permalink) Old 06-10-2010, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
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Now remember, this was going to be a driver this summer, so with that in mind we decided to replace the old rolling stock. At this point it was still rolling on the same tires that it had been sitting on for at least ten years. Although they didn't look too bad, I know that sitting for years can be bad on tires (bad experience last year with decade old tires on the 64 Plymouth)
So we went for the upgrade.
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I was talking with a couple of mexican guys who work in our shop about the word "Ranchero"

Apparently a Ranchero is the "Rancher" the guy who owns/operates the ranch.

"El Rancho" is a big ranch (THE Ranch) and "Ranchito" is a little Ranch.

Since the Falcon based Ranchero is the smallest Ranchero Ford made, we've taken to calling it "The Ranchito".
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The windshield was cracked something fierce, so we decided to replace it.
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So the windshield we got ended up being one with green tint. We decided it looked funny, so we asked if we could get it in clear. The guy said it shouldn't be a problem.

As we are standing there, our shop foreman says "you know, when I did my Mustang the guy told me the headliner should be tucked up behind the windshield"

This is where it starts to get crazy. My father-in-law says "well, we should do that. But, we would need to do the whole interior.... Well, we need to do the body work first."

I know you've heard of the "Snow ball" effect. This is it.

So now it is no longer a "drive it during the summer, work on it in the winter" project.

It's actually getting painted right now.
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About two weeks ago we made a deal with a local paint shop to have the body work done and the paint.

So on a Sunday afternoon me and a couple of my buddies came down to the shop and pulled the bumpers, grill, lights, trim and other bits to get it ready for the paint guys.
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Re: 1963 Ranchero project.

I'll bet they didn't tell you $38,000 dollars to paint it did they....
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I'll bet they didn't tell you $38,000 dollars to paint it did they....
Not quite.
We had 4 different outfits bid the paint job.
Highest was 8k. Then there was 6 and 5 grand. Last guy said "I can do it for $3500. I can start Monday."

Needless to say we went with him.

We actually stopped by his shop on a whim coming back from another one. we were very impressed with the finished product he put out. He had three cars in there and all of them had nicer paint than the guy who was 2 grand more.
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On the truck and at the shop.
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This was the first day they had it in the shop. Work has begun on the body. All of the dirt under the rear quarters was inside the body. Explains the rust situation.
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Replacing the rear quarter panels.
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Patch panels in place.
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Re: 1963 Ranchero project.

These guys worked quick.
within three days of getting the car they had it in the paint booth.
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Re: 1963 Ranchero project.

Pull the panel on the floor of the bed out that is held in by a bunch of phillips head screws. Mine had a five gallon bucket worth of dirt in there causing it to rust out.
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Pull the panel on the floor of the bed out that is held in by a bunch of phillips head screws. Mine had a five gallon bucket worth of dirt in there causing it to rust out.
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I know the panel of which you speak. Floor/seat well for the falcon wagon. Crazy how they just simply put a piece of metal over it and called it good.
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Ranchito in primer, getting wet sanded.
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