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The 1968 Ford Ranchero and Some Stats!
There are guys out there that know every tidbit of information about Rides. Some even know all there is to know about the 1968 Ford Ranchero! – Great Stuff! – Interesting Stuff like – – – In 1968, the Fairlane line was supplemented by the new Torino. With that ’68 and ’69 Ranchero became the largest model since the full-sized 1959. – You can read about the First Gen Rancheros Here! – Overall, the new Ranchero was not only bigger, but more angular than before. It Sported a more horizontal grille and horizontal headlamps! Ford and other automakers made a switch back to horizontal quad headlamps. – Gotta Change ’em up once in awhile! ~;0)
1968 Ford Ranchero Video?
Ranchero Videos are Rare and a Real Find – Let’s see what we’ve got from the Vault! – Hey! We found an Australian 68 Ford Ranchero TV Commercial – Bit Different – But! – Fun to watch because Ford Australia was really pushing the carry capacity and Sportiness of the Ride! ~;0) Video Source: Conniptions886
Furthermore – The Ranchero interior was all new! It shared the Torino/Fairlane’s distinctive four-pod instrument cluster. The four round pods gave the illusion of an engine-turned dash. Sadly there were no instruments in the dash! Instead it featured warning lights – ever heard the term Idiot Lights? – There were lights for coolant temperature hot and cold! The Speedometer and signal indicator were left pod in front of the driver. Warning lights for the charging system and oil pressure as well as the right turn signal indicator were third from the left. In upscale models that 3rd pod housed a tachometer. And the optional clock filled the fourth pod! A seat belt warning light was a new feature in ’68! It would flicker when the engine started. Source: Ranchero Wiki
1968 and 69 Trim Levels for 4th Gen Rancheros
Three trim levels were offered, beginning with the sparsely trimmed base Ranchero. The Ranchero 500 trimmed out like the corresponding Fairlane 500. And the top-of-the line Ranchero GT sported Torino GT trim. Engine choices began with the 250 cubic inch I6! Then there were several V8 choices! V-8s included the standard 289 with two-barrel carburetor, and the FE-based 390! The powerful 428 cu in (7.0 L) Cobra Jet led the pack! That bewdy was the largest engine offered in the Ranchero to date. It made a great mid-1968 option!
Here’s a Cobra Jet Torino TV Commercial!
Remember we told you the 1968 Ford Ranchero was Torino’s Cousin! – But! – You could get this same Cobra Jet mill in Ranchero! This commercial ran in 68 for the 1969 Cobra Jet Torino! – Hot Stuff for the Day! Video Source: scharchey
69 Ranchero Mills and more!
The 1968 model marked the final year of production of the 289 mill. A 302 cu in (4.9 L) V8 with two-barrel carburetor became the standard V8 in 1969. Two new upmarket engine choices filled the gap! That was the legendary 351 Windsor with two or four-barrel carburetor. The FMX automatic came with both! It was a variant of the old Cruise-o-Matic and was an exclusive with either 351. The Ranchero could be had with virtually all of the same options as its cousins! That included air conditioning, bucket seats, center console, AM/FM radio, optional wheels, front power disc brakes, hood scoop (standard on GT), and even a vinyl top! Source: Ranchero Wiki
Here are the Visual Changes for 1969!
Changes across the 1969 model line were slight and included a flatter three-piece grille less the horizontal crossbar. – And – Ford crest, relocation of GT grille badging from the crest to the lower right corner of the grille viewed from the front. Black-faced instruments with white numerals changed to brushed aluminum with black numerals! They made the steering wheel slimmer – why! – It was a two-spoke steering wheel pad similar to those across the Ford product line! – Hate those skinny wheels! – While the pad may have changed, the horn ring did not. The only change unique to the Ranchero was the relocation of the “Ranchero” script from the rear quarter panels on 68s to the front fenders on 69s. – And that is why I said earlier that the two years are virtually the same!
And One More Thing about the 4th Gen Rancheros!
A little-known and extremely rare offering in 1969 was the Rio Grande. Available on special order, this was essentially a GT in the so-called – Grabber- colors! They were – Wimbledon White – Poppy Red – and – Calypso Coral! The Rio Grande had – partially blacked-out hood with scoop – side stripes – bed rails – vinyl top – and – unique – Ford Ranchero Rio Grande – wheel centers! As a result – Rancheros so equipped received Ford’s -Special Performance Vehicle- identification on the data plate regardless of engine choice. Production figures are unclear – but – may have been around 900 total units. – And – Here’s a bewdy! At the Detroit motor show in 1969 was shown a concept car Ford Scrambler! – Too Bad more of it didn’t show up in the next models of Ranchero! Source: More Ranchero Stuff!
Here’s a pix of the Fabled Ford Scrambler! Some of its innovations did show on later Rancheros – Some! ~;0)
And Now – For Some RoadKill!
This episode of RoadKill continues the on-going saga of the RoadKill 68-69 Ford Ranchero! We here at the VivaChas Clubhouse are Fans of Motor Trend’s series! – Be sure to sign-up for the VivaChas Newsletter so you’re notified when a New Story has been published! Video Source: Motor Trend Channel