I am most definitely disgustingly appalled. That thing is horrendous and should be burned so it will never hurt our eyes ever again.It's hard to tell if you were pleasantly surprised or disgustingly appalled.
I liked the parking brake in the first photo. I remember doing that in 1974 with my '61 after the cable broke.
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.surfacenuts said: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?
Great, but when you mean no problem, is that no problem leaving them as is, or it would be no problem patching them?The holes were cut for grease fitting access, no problem just not very neat.
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?I agree with the post above on the hood latch, if you need the electric fan, remove the latch completely and install hood pins.
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.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.