Sunday, March 29, 2009

Introducing the 1960 Ford Falcon Ranchero

Being that I'm a big-time newspaper publisher, it only seems fitting that I have a classic car for taking The Goddess out to Sunday brunch or a rummage sale.

I considered purchasing a Bugatti or an old Cadillac, but due to budgetary constraints and the crumbling economy, I had to set my sights on something more realistic. Last week I found a classic vehicle in my price range. It was located out on Warren Creek Road next to a chicken coop.


It's a 1960 Ford Falcon Ranchero, with a straight-6 and three on the tree. It hauls ass and appears to be mechanically sound, despite a wee bit of rust.


The speedometer didn't work on the test drive until I hit a pothole. Now it's fully functional, almost.


I like the name "Ranchero." It's very manly and makes me want to talk like the guy in the Black Angus commercials.


Blogger Kym said...

Us kids used to ride in the back of a Ranchero. Mom would yell out the back window to "stop sitting on the sides or you'll fall out and splat on the pavement."

I hope yours is as trusty a steed as ours was.

3:11 PM  
Blogger OrangeElmo said...

Just as an FYI: Scott says Ford didn't make a V-6 in 1960. They made an in-line 6.

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jack has it right - straight 6 is an "in-line 6" which is the same thing.

These cars if actually restored are worth something and probably - (hopefully) more than what you paid for it.

Google the car and you can find out a lot of info and maybe some prices as I think one of the "Blue Books" show collectors cars. There is a collector's car book and I have a very old one but they are available and should have something on line as to your car.

4:12 PM  
Blogger Jack said...

I changed the posting after OrangeElmo's comment. I originally called it a V-6.

5:21 PM  
Blogger Gordon Inkeles said...

9:22 PM  
Blogger Indie said...

Lookin' good! I love it, I love its color against the gray cabin, I love the dash and insignia, and I love the name Ranchero! Score, Jack!

12:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is one sweet ride.


6:03 PM  
Anonymous philbilly said...

There is no powertrain combo that has the torsional balance, resilience and response equalling a straight six/three-on-the-tree, save for the Porsche 356/ Volkswagen boxer-four longitudinal split case transaxle pairing.

I learned to steer as an infant watching my old man take us to Church in a '63 Falcon.

8:44 PM  

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