Get out the asbestos underoos for this one, this 1970 Ford Ranchero GT has a monster lurking under that sleek hood: a 360-hp 429 Thunder-Jet! I know, you can buy a Hyundai with more horsepower than that today, but still, this is a 1970 Ford Ranchero GT with a 429 Thunder-Jet! Come on! This one is listed on eBay with a current bid price of $6,900 and there are about three days left to rearrange your garage to fit this one in, and also to fit in a cot because “if you drag one more project car home, mister..”.. This hot hauler is located in Los Angeles, California.
Is anyone else a huge fan of this era Ranchero? I hope so. Other than the first-gen Falcon Rancheros, which I absolute love, the 1970 & 1971 Ranchero is by far my favorite. This grille is killer, in my opinion. I like them all, from the 1957 to the 1979, but there’s something about the fifth-generation cars that gets to me.
This is an original California vehicle so the rust-through is minimal, but that doesn’t mean that it’s perfect. As you can see, it has more than its share of dings and dents, along with enough surface rust to (insert un-pc phrase here). You can actually haul things with a Ranchero, there’s a decent amount of room in the back for a couple of motorcycles or a few bales of hay. The owner has a nice five-book set of Ford manuals that goes with the sale.
The interior looks decent other than the seats which are dirty and torn. But, new covers are available along with a lot of other parts and pieces that you may need to bring this one back. The dash is cracked and as you expected, you can get a new one for peanuts, relatively speaking. Does anyone remember the tach in these cars? Nice. This car has Ford’s C-6 select-shift automatic instead of a manual transmission. A manual may be more desirable, at least on paper and at auction, but in the real world we all know that automatics rule, sales-wise.
Here’s that famous engine, from back in the days when you were singing along with Three Dog Night’s “Joy to the World” and you meant it because you were driving a Ranchero GT with a 429 Thunder-Jet in it. This “Thunder-Jet” has 360 hp, according to the VIN, being an N-Code car, the lowest HP available with the 429 V8. The next in line was the Cobra Jet with 370 hp, and finally the Super Cobra Jet with 375 hp. 360 hp would work for me since it’s over twice the hp of my daily driver. This car came with AC but the compressor has been removed, although it comes with the sale. The power steering doesn’t work but parts to fix it also are included. This one will need a full restoration and Hagerty lists a #1 concours value of just $24,500 so you’ll be upside down in a real hurry. Are there any fans of these fifth-generation Rancheros out there? What do you think of this one: restore it or get it working perfectly and drive the wheels off of it as it looks now?