We did a 5 speed conversion on this 1964 Ford Ranchero about 5 years ago. Additionally, we added a Heidts front end, disc brakes, air conditioning and power steering. The original 260 motor in this 1964 Ranchero was wiped out, so we’re putting a late model fox body 5-0 302 in it. That process requires changing some parts because the bell housing pattern is different between the two motors.
We brought this 1964 Ford Ranchero in about 2 weeks ago and ordered a motor for it. Then we pulled the old motor out and figured out all the conversions we’d have to do to make it work. That required redoing the flywheel and clutch, the z-bar, oil pan, and lots of bolts. Because this 1964 Ranchero is an early model car, we couldn’t use the late model clutch assembly. We had to retro fit it to make the new motor fit this car
The Ford Ranchero was produced between 1957 and 1979 by Ford. During that time period, the Ranchero saw numerous design changes through production. This 1964 model belongs to the second generation of the Ranchero, which were based on the body of the Ford Falcon. Each generation of Ranchero was essentially a modified version of a current Ford model.
The Ford Ranchero was popular enough for Chevy to create a competitor – the El Camino, which stayed in production eight more years than the Ranchero. Today, the Ranchero is often overlooked by the El Camino. Miniatures of the Ranchero are hard to come by, although Hot Wheels did produce toy versions of the 1965 and 1972 Ranchero.