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4 speed in a '58 Ranchero????

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 2many projects, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. Fellow sent me pictures last night of a 1958 Ranchero sitting beside the deseased neighbor's house.
    The previous owner owned it for 40 years and claimed it was an original factory installed 4 speed.
    I've never seen one and kind of doubt his alleged claim.
    I say it's not "factory".
    True or false???
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2013
  2. I doubt that it has a factory installed 4 speed. I would like to have it anyway, maybe your friend should try and get it for himself.

    Now I am concerned he is going to visit a diseased neighbor? Is it contagious? :D:D:D
  3. He's crawling in it , under it and all around this afternoon to learn more about it.
    It's in dry Arizona so that's a plus.
  4. many years ago I had a '58 ranchero, 292 with a 3 speed. never seen a 4 speed.
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  5. I don't think that put 4 speeds in the thunder hawks in '58. But I would not let that scare me off for sure I am not looking for something rare to restore I am looking for something cool to hot rod. :D
  6. black 62
    Joined: Jul 12, 2012
    Posts: 1,895

    black 62
    from arkansas

    not factory, but super cool---always liked those rancheros---i believe 62 was first year for ford 4 speed----this is based on geezer recall , not always the best source
  7. I'm with you. I too thought 62 was 1st year of 4 speeds in Ford pass. cars but I'm not a Ford authority on 50's models.
    I had friends that drove them back then and my dad was a Lincoln Mercutry dealer in the 50's and 60's but I only drove Chevys in those early times.
    Today.................I'm far more open minded and alway willing to learn a new thing and drive something different.
  8. I used to drive fords when they were cheap and chevies were not. Mid '50s fords are still my favorite cars and you got to love a '57/58 ranchero. The '58s just give the allusion of being wide and dropped down in the snout just makes them look even wider.
  9. ems customer service
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 2,560

    ems customer service

    3 speed and a overdrive from factory??
  10. I've wanted a '57 Ranchero for years, I guess a '58 would work but then I'd need to track down a '57 nose for it.
    I hope my buddy comes thru with this thing.
  11. And the quarters. Station wagon quarters work.

    When I was still in high school we used to rob the hoods off of '58s for our '57s. It gave you a '57 with a scoop. I mooned over a 312 powered '58 for a couple of years when I was in high school. 250.00 and for some reason I could never come up with the cash, always something more pressing.
  12. Thunderroad312
    Joined: Nov 18, 2012
    Posts: 159


    Not factory. First 4 speed in a Ford was '61. And those are RARE. B/W T-10. It is quite easy to put in a mid-fifties Ford. Bolts in and cut the hole for the shifter.
  13. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,636

    from Chino, Ca

    One of the few and I mean few Fords I would love to have is a 58 Ranchero. My Dad had one back in the late 60s with chrome reverse rims, man it was nice. Ever catch a episode of a certain t.v. show where this old guy is driving a 58 Ranchero, pink and cream. Nice.
  14. 29AVEE8
    Joined: Jun 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,384


    Yea I would have a hard time believing it is a "Factory" four speed. Crawl under there and see if it is a side loader or top loader and get some numbers off of it. I think the crew on here can decipher the results.
  15. Krash Kadillak
    Joined: Sep 11, 2008
    Posts: 32

    Krash Kadillak


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