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post #31 of 35 (permalink) Old 01-01-2014, 06:00 PM
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2. The hood latch jutting form the grill: I'm not familiar with the standard latch on a Ranchero, but I've gotta guess this doesn't qualify. Furthermore, it's the only latch; there isn't a secondary latch. Surely, Fords of this age were built with secondary latches as a safety concern, right? Is there a drawing anywhere of how to build this back to original so that it functions correctly and doesn't look so Frankenstein?
Going out on a limb here, but it appears that a PO may have removed the secondary latch and 'improved' the primary latch mechanism to allow for the installation of the pusher fan. You may need to remove the electric fan to allow for the re-installation of the correct hood latch mechanism.

It might be easier to find a used hood latch assembly, rather than try to fix the existing one, as it may have been compromised beyond salvage.

This repair should be considered a priority...nothing like having your hood open up at speed (ask me how I know).

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The holes were cut for grease fitting access, no problem just not very neat.

I agree with the post above on the hood latch, if you need the electric fan, remove the latch completely and install hood pins.

Those seats don't look stock to start with. Headrests that are more then just looks CAN"T be retro-fitted to an old seat. How about looking for a late model bench out of a small pick-up...Ranger..Toyota...Nissan...something like that? Bench seats are common in them and should be able to find something the right size. You'll have to get creative with mounts, but that shouldn't be a biggie.
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The holes were cut for grease fitting access, no problem just not very neat.
Great, but when you mean no problem, is that no problem leaving them as is, or it would be no problem patching them?

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I agree with the post above on the hood latch, if you need the electric fan, remove the latch completely and install hood pins.
Why is there an extra fan? Don't you suppose that was put in as a Band-Aid for some other deeper problem in regards to keeping the engine cool?

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Those seats don't look stock to start with. Headrests that are more then just looks CAN"T be retro-fitted to an old seat. How about looking for a late model bench out of a small pick-up...Ranger..Toyota...Nissan...something like that? Bench seats are common in them and should be able to find something the right size. You'll have to get creative with mounts, but that shouldn't be a biggie.
I'm not at all opposed to putting in seats from an entirely different vehicle. Keeping the car stock is a minor priority. The goal is to get it near stock, like 70-80%, something along those lines, mostly so that it remains of the period for the most part, and generally is clean, punchy and fun to drive. When you say, though, that I might need to get creative with the mounts of a bench seat foreign to the car, are you meaning the cutting, repositioning and welding of the mounts on the bench seat? Having not even pulled the existing seats from the car, I really don't know what to physically expect in regards to bolt pattern, orientation and hardware.

Random question to anyone: will I need universal joint and/or deep well sockets (i.e. does working on a Ranchero present a lot of tight corners and spaces, or will regular socket make do? I'm still researching air compressors, impact wrenches, engine hoists and stands, floor jacks and jack stands, not to mention transmission jack, a piece of equipment I don't know whether I will be needing.
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That's too bad someone butchered up the shock towers to cut holes for access to the UCA grease fitting. A hole saw would have been much neater with goof plugs to fill the holes when access not needed. 90 degree grease fittings would be another way to get access without cutting holes.

Several of the mustang venders sell retrofit add-on headrests for mustangs that could be adapted to the seats you have. NPD is one source but there are others.
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Try a front seat from a two door Maverick, the later ones should have headrests and it might just bolt in.

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