1971 Ford Ranchero 351 Cleveland

Price: US $9,500.00 Item location: Saline, Michigan, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Ford
  • Model: Ranchero
  • Type: Sports Truck
  • Trim: 500 Special
  • Year: 1971
  • Mileage: 122,000
  • VIN: 1A47H186335
  • Color: Yellow/Black/Orange
  • Engine size: 351 Cleveland 2V
  • Number of cylinders: 8
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: 3-Speed Automatic
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Brown
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Safety options: 3-Point Seatbelts
  • Options: Leather Seats
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1971 Ford Ranchero 500 Special

This 1971 Ford Ranchero is in great mechanical condition. I have full notes from the previous owner on his 2012 engine refurbishment, and under my ownership the transmission was professionally rebuilt. I've never had a problem getting it started, and it runs and drives well. Before my purchase of the car two years ago, it spent its life in Arizona, so the amount of rust is limited. With the exception of a now bondo-repaired rust-through in the floor panels behind the seats (photo 14), all this rust is purely superficial. The exterior of the car is admittedly rough around the edges, but the majority of the paint is original (repainted passenger side panels photo 9). A past owner attempted to fix some tailgate damage with bondo, but it was never painted over. I refurbished the interior with model-specific parts from Dearborn Classics after repairing and repainting the floorboards. The only notable issue with the car I've had in my 3 years of ownership is a small leak in the back right brake drum. I'm selling the vehicle because I never really had a use for it, and now as ownership costs on my other vehicle are starting to mount up, owning two cars has become wildly impractical. I'm going to miss this car, but I'm sure the next owner will enjoy it much more than I ever had the chance to.
Photos of interest:
3,4,5,7- Some minor paint chips and surface rust
6- This shows the rear damage, what I consider to be the most vulnerable part of the vehicle for developing rust
11- The air-ride rear shocks were put in by a previous owner
12- The rebuilt transmission has less than 2,000 miles on it
14- This is where the floor had rusted through, but has since been "bondo-ed" and repainted
18- Aftermarket radio has been disconnected but not removed. The aftermarket oil gauge is still functional
I also have a folder containing mine and the last owner's notes and part invoices. Price is negotiable, so feel free to contact me.