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Is a '57 Ranchero worth buying?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Flamingo_57, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. Flamingo_57
    Joined: Apr 1, 2010
    Posts: 146

    from Rolla mo.

    Just wanted some opinions here. The car has been sitting in a garage for 20 years, is complete except for seat, probably will need floor pans. Has a 312 and 3 on the tree. (this is Missouri, new cars need floor pans here.) I can prolly pick it up for $2500, is it worth it?
  2. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,137

    from California

    could be. but then again, maybe not.
  3. Bloodandmotoroil
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 154


  4. Sounds like a pretty good start. Great looking vehicle.

  5. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 15,495


    Check out the frame. I have a '59 that looks decent on top but the frame is shot. A bad frame would be a deal breaker for me. If it has a solid frame, engine turns, and comes with a title, I'd say that's a good buy.
  6. Flamingo_57
    Joined: Apr 1, 2010
    Posts: 146

    from Rolla mo.

    here are the only pics I have of it, which suck and dont really show anything. I figure If i get it running and paint it, I cant lose any money on it. (I think) Di-regard the puke tastic wheels.

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  7. That would make a great looking ride.
  8. Flamingo_57
    Joined: Apr 1, 2010
    Posts: 146

    from Rolla mo.

    I'll have to go check the frame and floors. He said the pans were crunchy so the frame might be toast too. It's been in the same family for 35 years and is located about 40 miles from me so it's worth checking out.
  9. If the frame is okay, I'd take it in a heart beat, I love those 57-59 Ranchero's.
  10. Frames tend to rot where they bow out in the middle on those, from what I can see, the best one was a '58 Edsel ragtop in a yard here. Step on the left rear bumper and the right rocker panel would rise up - the center X was okay, but the outer rails were shot.
  11. Vee 888
    Joined: May 23, 2010
    Posts: 33

    Vee 888
    from texas

    A complete one! and you are thinking about it?
  12. metalman
    Joined: Dec 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,286


    Not a bad looking car, course I might be partial since I drive a red & white 57 Ranchero every day! Around here thats about the going rate for a good builder... providing all it needs are floors. All 57 Rancheros needs floors I think, even here in the desert!
    FWI I'd be willing to bet thats a 292 instead of a 312, very few Rancheros had 312s and that looks like it is the original motor. Lots of folks just like to throw that 312 thing out there on any Y-block. Wouldn't be a deal breaker, 292 is a fine motor (I love mine) and if it's the original 57 heads they are the good ones. Just be prepared to drop some $$$ on the rebuild if it's toast, they ain't cheap to rebuild. Everything else it seems is fairly cheap to come by.
  13. I saw that on the CL and if I had any more room it would be mine! Go for it!
  14. Flamingo_57
    Joined: Apr 1, 2010
    Posts: 146

    from Rolla mo.

    It all boils down to the frame for me. I don't waste time on rusty cars. I'll prolly go check it out in the next few days.
  15. im not too sure on rancheros but i bought my 57 sedan as a roller it had new floors all installed new quarters allready installed new seals for the front and rear windshields and a few other new parts and i got it for 2500

    then i bought a real solid 57 fairlane 500 4 door shell non roller from someone here on the hamb for 400.00

    so is it worth it? thats a question only you can answer id be hard pressed to give that much for it
  16. Ill take it! Thats my second most favorite car of all time.
  17. hotrod40coupe
    Joined: Apr 8, 2007
    Posts: 2,562


    I would say that if the frame is solid, you got a good deal.
  18. DirtyThirty
    Joined: Mar 8, 2007
    Posts: 2,396

    from nowhere...

    Yep...frame good = grab it!
    Everyone loves a Ranchero...don't they?
    Well...I do, anyway...
  19. Lono
    Joined: May 10, 2007
    Posts: 1,656


    seen that on kijiji too...
    deal hard on it cuase theres good stuff around right now.
  20. drchopper
    Joined: Aug 22, 2010
    Posts: 92


    Get it and make a serious GASSER out of it !!!! there is some real bad ass ones on this website , search the other tri fives Ford . good luck jp
  21. Check the rain gutters as well, they rust from the inside out!
  22. Who would want something as cool as that???
  23. Nads
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 11,683

    from Hypocrisy

    A damn cool truck, and you stole it.
  24. Never mind you alrready did buy it.

    Pretty cool old rides when done right. Ya just can't beat a 312.

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