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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-22-2014, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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72 Bought Yesterday

Picked it up yesterday for three grand. Looks nice. Owned a '72 Torino years ago, this seems longer than the car was! Has a 351-C 2V, trans. still unknown, VIN tag at windshield missing; have valid title (I think!).

My question: How much will it's value be affected by making major driveline changes, but none appearancewise? Thanks! imps

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-25-2014, 03:30 AM
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Re: 72 Bought Yesterday

Nice ranch ipms a 302 will bolt right in but remember that's a heavy car make sure the 302 has some power I would hop up the 351 a little that's a good motor goo luck...ED

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Changing the drive train on THAT will not lower the value at all. Go for it.
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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

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Re: 72 Bought Yesterday

I don't think you have too much to worry about upsetting the value of your Ranchero. BUT, you're dealing with a large, full-framed car that's pretty heavy. I'd be surprised if that thing weighed a pound under 3,800#

That's asking alot for a 302 to move around. I should know, my '69 Ranchero has a 5L in it and it's not near enough motor. It gets the vehicle moving, but not very quickly. I'm swapping to a stroked 351 for more torque.

What's the matter with the 351 that's in there now?

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