Four hundred twenty eight cubic inches of displacement and four gears manually selected by a floor shifter, accompanied by clean steel wheels and a mostly-straight, casually-painted body. Asking between $5,800 and 6,0000.
I’d elaborate, but I spent most of the time I should’ve been writing this or another post picking up a five-lug eight-inch rear axle for the Ranchero and figuring out what size tires to run. Instead, just substitute in the standard clichés: perfect as-is, would buy if it was closer, if you don’t like it we can’t be friends, etc.
Given that I’ll be running 3.55:1 gears in the rear axle, what wheel/tire combo ensures the best use of second and third gears? I’m still using the Vexer calculator we linked to five years ago. 205/50 R15s make a lot of sense in terms of lightness, fender fit and cheapness, but that puts us a just a little higher in the revs than I’d like for the latter portion of big straights. The other option would be 215/45 R17 (I keep hearing 16″s are on the way out), but then everything’s more. Expensive, heavy, big…more. Success with a crappy straight six and three speed requires less.
Oh, and the auction’s already over. No one wanted to pay just under six grand for this thing which, to me, is a tragic commentary on us all.