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I am considering buying a 1965 Ford Ranchero, with a 3 speed automatic, its top speed is about 65 mph @ 3.2 rpm on the fwy (that is the maintained speed). That is slow by new car standards, I want it to cruise at 65-80 mph at a low rpm. I want it to ride on the fwy well. I have been suggested Vender Gear but it cost $3,500.00 plus so that doesn't make sense financially.

It has 4.11 gearing in the reared. What would you suggest?
 

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Just put in a 3.00 rear ratio.
 

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Agreed. Or, keep your 4.11s and install an overtrive transmission (for far less than a new GV) to have lower highway rpms and keep your acceleration also. BTW - good used GV overdrives average in the $400-800 range depending on model.

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Go with what FE said, 2:79 or 3:00 the rest are to low for a c-4 trans. I have a 3:55 in my 62 wagon and it is way to low for hwy. crusing.(3,000 to 3,200 rpm at 65-70 mph). Drives me crazy.

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... I have a 3:55 in my 62 wagon and it is way to low for hwy. crusing.(3,000 to 3,200 rpm at 65-70 mph). Drives me crazy.
Thank God you didn't buy a factory muscle car with 3.50-4.11 gears or even a typical '60s pickup truck - you might have hung yourself or something.
;):D
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Psig,
Back then gas was 30-35 cents a gal. At 25-26 years old didn't give a damn. Thank GOD i am older with a grasp on reality. And my tolerance level is a little lower, and my pockets are a little fater. Wont to get there as cheap as possible. Don't like all that noise on a long trip.

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What would you suggest?
You have 2 options:

1. Put higher gears in it. It should have a 8" rearend. Silly simple to change the pumpkin to 2:79 or 3:00 (people will often give them away free)

2. Put an overdrive tranny in it. a T-5 would be my choice or an AOD if you want to keep the automatic. More expensive.
 

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Thank all of you for your help. The 1965 Ford Ranchero turned out to be a disappointment. I am still looking of a 1964-1965 good looking Ford Ranchero, it has to be white or maybe red, I want it to be a great truck in and out, un modified, headers & exhaust system is good. Not afraid to travel to get the right truck. Their is a cold beer finder fee paid for locating the right truck. I am in Los Angeles.
 
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