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1972 Ford Ranchero custom


The Ford Ranchero/Bronco merger created this off-road monster truck
The Ford Ranchero/Bronco merger created this off-road monster truck

Unleash your inner redneck with this fine example of custom ingenuity that combines the streamlined grandeur of a faux-wood-paneled Ford Ranchero with the chassis and running gear of a four-wheel-drive, full-size Ford Bronco.

Pick of the Day is a 1972 Ford Ranchero that has been lifted to the sky on the underpinnings of a rough-and-tumble Bronco.  Some might see this as a match made in hee-haw heaven.  Others might not be so generous.

The Ranchero body floats above huge all-terrain tires
The Ranchero body floats above huge all-terrain tires

With its giant off-road tires and massive crash bar hanging off the front end, this Ranchero/Bronco is well-equipped to go anywhere, anytime in unique style.  Across the tailgate in bold lettering is the hashtag #MonsterRanchero.

From the photos and description in the listing on ClassicCars.com, this truck might look wacky but it’s been done right with a professional build using quality components.

The Ranchero body is mounted on the four-wheel-drive Bronco chassis and powered by a 351 cid V8 with automatic transmission, locking hubs, Warn winch, tow package and General Grabber 35×12.5-inch tires on 15-inch chrome wheels.

The Conroe, Texas, car dealer sounds impressed with the result.

The rear of the Ranchero seems to say it all
The rear of the Ranchero seems to say it all

“Overall, this classic Ford is pretty solid,” the dealer says in the listing. “It sits on a modified Bronco frame/suspension and a lot of money was put into doing it right. It has been in Texas since being built so there is no major rust, it drives good even at highway speed, and all the major components function like they should. I’ve personally put about 200 miles on the truck with no issues.”

As if the appearance of this truck is not outrageous enough, the dealer notes that, “The exhaust was cut off to make it sound as tough as it looks, but we kept it and you are welcome to have it.”  Offhand, I’d say replace the exhaust and at least tone down the roar.

The interior looks viable, although the dealer notes that the apparently vintage Kenwood AM/FM/cassette audio system is not working.

Whether you want to challenge the outback or merely shock onlookers, the Ranchero/Bronco can be yours for a mere $15,900.  Rest assured, you would be unlikely to encounter another one.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.
  1. Very cool ride? Absolutely wil be the only one like it in the lot. Kids won’t ask, hey dad can I borrow the car? Win win

  2. Just bought a 1971 ford ranchero. The center grill badge, the side stripe and tail gate all say cobra. Can’t find information on a 1971 ranchero cobra. Any body know anything, I can’t seem to find any info.

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