Register now to get rid of these ads!

57 Ranchero Build

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Johnny C., Feb 2, 2011.

  1. Johnny C.
    Joined: Dec 17, 2008
    Posts: 755

    Johnny C.
    Member

    Okay here is my 1957 Ranchero build. This is my first 50's style mild custom build and by far the most metal work I have ever done on a car. It is pretty minor to most of you on here but big for me. Alright here is the plan:ffice:eek:ffice" /><O:p></O:p>
    -Mild Custom (shaved (not sure about the door handles yet) and lowered)<O:p></O:p>
    -390 with a 4-speed<O:p></O:p>
    -9" rear<O:p></O:p>
    -White Walls with Olds Caps<O:p></O:p>
    -Mercury front and rear bumpers<O:p></O:p>
    -Very simple and clean<O:p></O:p>
    <O:p></O:p>
    I look forward to everyones input and suggestions. Like I say this is my first build of this kind so here it goes......<O:p></O:p>

    Here is what I started with after I cleaned about a foot of dirt out of the back and inside, painted the engine bay, and put my wheels and tires on it.
    [​IMG]
     
  2. Johnny C.
    Joined: Dec 17, 2008
    Posts: 755

    Johnny C.
    Member

  3. Johnny C.
    Joined: Dec 17, 2008
    Posts: 755

    Johnny C.
    Member

    The engine all cleaned up before I found out it was completely locked up. Glad I got it for free and didn't have it in the car when I found that out. It was suppose to be a running motor.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  4. Johnny C.
    Joined: Dec 17, 2008
    Posts: 755

    Johnny C.
    Member


  5. Raven53
    Joined: Jan 12, 2009
    Posts: 442

    Raven53
    Member
    from Irwin Pa

    Good job, I always liked those really nice lines......keep the pics coming
     
  6. Johnny C.
    Joined: Dec 17, 2008
    Posts: 755

    Johnny C.
    Member

  7. truckncoupe
    Joined: Apr 4, 2009
    Posts: 1,427

    truckncoupe
    Member

    very cool project...I know where one of these is sitting in a field with an Edsel nose on it...
     
  8. Gonna be a cool ride for sure, Please do me a huge favor get some rollers for it. I would kill for those tires!!!!!
     
  9. Johnny C.
    Joined: Dec 17, 2008
    Posts: 755

    Johnny C.
    Member

  10. Johnny C.
    Joined: Dec 17, 2008
    Posts: 755

    Johnny C.
    Member

    Thanks, I appreciate it. More to come.

    Cool cars for sure.

    Got it covered in the this last batch of pictures. Didn't want to ruin my good wheels and tires so I finally found some rollers.
     
  11. oldschool55
    Joined: Oct 24, 2010
    Posts: 118

    oldschool55
    Member

    I like it, my first car was a '57 Ranchero, but it was only 9 years old at that time
     
  12. Johnny C.
    Joined: Dec 17, 2008
    Posts: 755

    Johnny C.
    Member

    [​IMG]
    Lowered the front with Aerostar coil springs. Dropped it about 3.5 inches.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    Got the motor rebuild and installed. Should run really good.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  13. KooDaddy
    Joined: Oct 16, 2006
    Posts: 753

    KooDaddy
    Member
    from Wis.

    Why did you ditch the side trim? Just curious
     
  14. Skotz
    Joined: Aug 24, 2005
    Posts: 1,473

    Skotz
    Member

    Awwww, way too much work to build it.....I'll come take it off your hands to save you:rolleyes:....haha

    Seriously, looks like you are doing this Ranchero justice....I've had some in the past(and will in the future)....really good to see you breathing new life into it.....Keep it up, and thanks for the follow along build!!!
     
  15. Wow, that's a lot of metal work. You are doing a nice job so far, my '57 need's some of the same wheel well and rocker work.

    Who's patch panels are you using?
     
  16. Johnny C.
    Joined: Dec 17, 2008
    Posts: 755

    Johnny C.
    Member

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    Got the back dropped down to match the front.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    That pretty well gets the project caught up to this point. I will be posting more pics as soon as I get a chance.
     
  17. smarg
    Joined: Nov 18, 2008
    Posts: 1,069

    smarg
    Member

    I know your gonna jump on me for saying this, but I think you'll regret shaving the side chrome.

    We have a '58 ranchero in the shop that we shaved the side chrome on really takes away from the car. We wish we didn't do it.

    I know it has a "Kustom" element to it, but I like the side chrome.


    Either way this truck looks freakin' awesome!
     
  18. Johnny C.
    Joined: Dec 17, 2008
    Posts: 755

    Johnny C.
    Member

    I was going to put it back on but I just decide to go without it for a different look. You don't see to many of them without the side trim. Just being different I guess.

    I'll keep that in mind if I decide it is to overwhelming at some point.:D Thanks for the compliment. I got this one from a salvage yard, couldn't let it get crushed.

    I appreciate it. I have been using Dearborn patch panels. Not sure if the panels are theirs or if they get them from somewhere. I have liked everything I have ordered from them so far.
     
  19. Vee 888
    Joined: May 23, 2010
    Posts: 33

    Vee 888
    Member
    from texas

    Great stuff, I'm working on a custom 300. You have just given me more energy to complete it.
     
  20. Johnny C.
    Joined: Dec 17, 2008
    Posts: 755

    Johnny C.
    Member

    I understand what you are saying completely. I am still not sure about it. I have 57 chrome to go on it if I decide to go with it. I also have a some 56 Buick side chrome that I thought about using. Still up in the air but it is going to be clean at this point.
     
  21. Johnny C.
    Joined: Dec 17, 2008
    Posts: 755

    Johnny C.
    Member

    Glad I could inspire you. I'll look forward to seeing pics of you 300.
     
  22. green53ford
    Joined: Mar 4, 2009
    Posts: 206

    green53ford
    Member
    from Wisconsin

    So is it a 58 with a 57 front clip or a 57 with 58 side trim.
     
  23. tinmann
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
    Posts: 1,588

    tinmann
    Member

    '57 Rancheros are drop dead gorgeous cars..... er trucks. I've never had one, but I'm so tempted..... (will a 6'1" fat boy 270 lbs fit in one?). I know where a '57 Meteor Ranchero (Canadian model, 1 of 800 or so ever made) is rusting in peace. Your metal work looks top notch. Keep posting updates as you can.
     
  24. RAY With
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,133

    RAY With
    Member

    I had a new one in 57 with std. shift and 312 4bb set up. Was a fast ride at the time and really enjoyed it while i had it. When your done your going to like the FE set up and it should give you all you can handle with the stock suspension. Good luck and so far a great job.
     
  25. Johnny C.
    Joined: Dec 17, 2008
    Posts: 755

    Johnny C.
    Member

    At first I was told it was a 57 with 58 trim but after running the number and the title it is a 58 with a 57 front clip. I am completely changing it over to a 57.
     
  26. Johnny C.
    Joined: Dec 17, 2008
    Posts: 755

    Johnny C.
    Member

    Thanks. Love the Rancheros. I was never a fan of them when I was young but now I love em.

    The FE should be more than enough and maybe to much. Can you have to much though?;)
     
  27. Pir8Darryl
    Joined: Jan 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,488

    Pir8Darryl
    Member

    Sweet ride :)
    Please consider upgrading the brakes. Single reservoir MC's scare the hell outa me... Bad personal expirence many years ago :eek:
     
  28. Johnny C.
    Joined: Dec 17, 2008
    Posts: 755

    Johnny C.
    Member

    I have been thinking about upgrading the front brakes. I hate to go with discs though. Any suggestions???
     
  29. Pir8Darryl
    Joined: Jan 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,488

    Pir8Darryl
    Member

    What have you got against discs?

    Seriously tho, a 2 pot MC, booster, and proportioning valve from any late 60's to 70's full size wouldn't be too difficult to adapt... Good time to bend up new lines while your at it.
     
  30. suede57ford
    Joined: May 18, 2009
    Posts: 33

    suede57ford
    Member

    Granada or Lincoln Versiles spindles are nearly a bolt on and easy to get replacement parts for. I have a connection for complete kits at a good price with all new stuff if you want pm me.

    I grew up in Fremont, NE, and my dad always had '57-58 Fords when we lived there.

    Glad to see a Ranchero going together. The FE was a good choice.

    Are you going to put 57 trim on it when you finish it?
     

Share This Page

Register now to get rid of these ads!

Archive

Copyright © 1995-2021 The Jalopy Journal: Steal our stuff, we'll kick your teeth in. Terms of Service. Privacy Policy.

Atomic Industry
Forum software by XenForo™ ©2010-2014 XenForo Ltd.