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Old Cars Reader Wheels: 1973 Ford Ranchero GT

Old Cars spotlights a reader submitted 1973 Ford Ranchero GT

Bill Berry kept his promise to himself and has on heck of a Ranchero to show for it. This one will be a keeper for life! This is what he had to say about his beloved Ford…

"After a series of setbacks that forced me to sell the '68 Ranchero I restored, I promised myself that once I got back on my feet I would hunt down another Ranchero. I found this '73 GT in Chicago but it had a Georgia origin so it was nearly rust free. I headed to Chicago and bought it on the spot. It shows a previous restoration and the clear coat is peeling off, giving it a little 'patina.'

The front end was lowered (the previous owner cut off a coil) and it was getting beat up hitting speed bumps and chuck holes so I had it rebuilt with standard springs. The only other change was the addition of a Pertronix ignition.

This truck is no garage queen, getting daily use in the summer months, whether it be to haul bumpers for my classic auto parts business, helping a friend move, or to pick up supplies. I like standing out against a sea of F150s at the Home Depot. Sometimes it gets a little "show time" at local car events and shows.

Will I ever sell it in the future? Not a chance. This truck combines a battle for survival with a passion for old cars I've had since birth. I've already informed my children that they will have to pry my cold dead fingers from the steering wheel."

1973 Ford Ranchero GT

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