Thursday, December 6, 2018

Supra 7MGE Power: 1961 Ford Ranchero

This next car will invoke some serious "why would you do it?" and "why wouldn't you do it?" discussions with car guys.  It could be the best car to meet your future inlaws and simultaneously the worst car to meet your future inlaws.  A Toyota 7M-GE from the 80s also the best possible upgrade to a 60s Ford inline-6 and also the worst engine to put into your El Cami---errr--Ranchero. You be the judge. Find this 1961 Ford Ranchero offered for $4900 in San Diego, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

From the seller;
 1961 1961 Ford Ranchero 
VIN: 12345678910 
condition: good 
cylinders: 6 cylinders 
drive: rwd 
fuel: gas 
paint color: grey 
size: mid-size 
title status: clean 
transmission: automatic 
type: other 
Toyota Supra 7mgte engine and 

auto trans tilt chain wheel front 

disc brakes aluminium radiator 

smog exempt forever current 

reg clear title runs drives and 

stops as it should perfect PCH 

cruiser, over 8k spent on building this one.

May trade for toyota, 1975 Chevy truck, older vw or?

See a better way to drive an old rat rod?


  1. Anything is better then the sound of the stock ford 144-170 6 they sound like there farting.

  2. It looks like the front bumper is on the back and the back bumper is on the front!

  3. some mighty So Cal Weirdness in that interior. steering wheel/tire chain, not to my taste. orig alum bezel on some sorta inst cluster? real cognitive dissonance goin on there. most of the rest can be corrected with some more rattle cans.

  4. The utter lack of imagination found in the counterfeit working biz truck patina is disappointing. A 555 prefix would be (slightly) more believable. Of course, the owner may have a child named Abcde, so....there’s that.

    It’s pronounced “ab-city”, thank you.

    1. Funny, I was so underwhelmed by the whole car that I didn't even look long enough to see the terrible spray paint work when this was first posted. Yeah, why even bother. Now the next owner has to primer over it.

      The only mildly interesting thing about this car is the motor swap, but other than being an amusement at Saturday morning's cars and coffee meet, you're going to be shunned everywhere else. The majority of the Ford and Toyota crowds will both think it's a waste. You'll be asked "Why?" so much that you'll go mental.

  5. "over $8K spent on building this one". I'm sorry for your loss.....

  6. Is that back bumper the front bumper from a 74 ranchero?


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