Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: michigan city, IN
Re: 1972 Ranchero Sold as 1973?
Ahh! something close to my heart. About 25 years ago I pulled a 73 Ranch off the NB 95 center wall in Broward Co. The drivers side front fender was peeled back almost to the tear drop mirror. Anyway it went to the yard and since the driver/owner/boyfriend didn't pick it up in 30 days I put a mechanics lean on it and made it mine. Being a 73 it had the big front bumper on it that had a kind of sleeve that the bumper was bolted to the frame. The 72 fish mouth had the rather flimsly bumper kinda half way up, they used a valiance panel to take up the space between grill and bottom of front fenders. It was secured to the frame by attaching two 4 in sq. plates together. That same year Ford made another front for the Torino/Ranchero body, with the bumper lower. After I pulled the damaged front clip off I put a clip from a 76 green Gran Torino on it. I say green because if you were in Dade or Broward Co. in S FLA in 91-93 and saw a Ranch with a green front end and brown ass end then you saw me, hello. What can I say, I worked at a towing company and went to a lot of wrecking yards. I'll give you a definitive answer to your guestion now. After I pulled the front clip and found a 72 Gold Grand Torino I fell in love with that Fish Mouth grill. I had to cut off the ends of the 73 frame and weld on the 4 in sq. plates to bolt the 72 bumper to. I don't know how long you've been on to this but your vin #s should tell you everything . Get under the front end and see if anything that has been 'cut and pasted'. Hope I helped. Keep me posted. ps I like the front of the 68 almost as much.