Originally Posted by FEandGoingBroke
Changing the drive train on THAT will not lower the value at all.
Go for it.
Thanks to you, both! I have a Ford Motorsports 5.0L HO left over from a buy of 6 of them, back when Ford discontinued making them for Mustangs, 1995, eyeballing it for this white '72! They came nearly complete to run, had everything but a starter, all sensors, injectors and fuel rails, harness, intake manifolds, throttle body, water pump, flywheel, clutch, bellhousing, $ 2195! Ford had a BUNCH left over, and wanted to move them. I put one in a Toyota 1/2 ton, a 70 Maverick. Anyways, I had 2 left, my nephew took one for his Bronco, a '70 which I converted with a '92 5.0 HO out of a Police Mustang, and the one left in my shop looks good to go in this here '72 Ranchero.
I did my old '79 Ranchero back in the late '90s, used another 5.0, a '91 out of a wrecked Mustang, AOD, that huge black boat ran bonkers! I'm gettin' a little old for this sh!t now, at 72, but the desire is still there!
Definitely want an O/D. Toying with using an electronic, would be first time I f--k with using one in a conversion, tricky. Early AODs "hunted" in and out of 4th. gear, aggravating. So, maybe an E4OD, basically a C-6 with added O/D gear, electronically controlled, sturdy. But I LIKE the 5-speeds, like my 5R55S in 2004 Explorer.
I recall that my '72 Torino had bigger than usual rear axle bearings, maybe even 32 spline shafts, and wonder if such strength was put into Rancheros? It was a 351-C 4-barrel eng. I hoped the '72 would be a little SMALLER than my '79, which was HUGE, and it MAY be, but not by much! imps