When Allen Repashy reached out to us and said that we should take a look at the Baja Ranchero project he is neck deep into, it looked interesting enough. When we actually got in there and looked at the photos of the build we were completely and utterly blown away. This is not some half-ass, lift kit equipped Falcon Ranchero. Instead this is basically a 3/4 scale trophy truck that will be competing (if they make their timeline) at the Baja 1000 this year along with the NORRA Mexican 1000 in years to come. It is fabricated to the highest levels and virtually every piece of the thing is made from scratch.
Power is going to come from a 347 Ford small block stroker and as you will see below the truck will be 100% street legal as well as equipped with heat and air conditioning. The suspension travel is incredible and the fact that it was all packaged in the comfy confines of the little Falcon Ranchero “box” is a testament to the fab skills of Allen and the other guys on the build.
In a brief chat with Allen he said,” My goal is to make it look old school from a distance. I went out of the way to try to tuck the shocks into the body, run old school wheels and 15″ tires, etc.” We love everything about this thing and we are going to keep tabs on the build from here on out. We look forward to a more in depth look at the Baja Ranchero in the future. 100% BangShift approved!
Here’s a description of the truck in Allen’s words:
The Baja Ranchero is finally off the Jig and out of the shop for it’s first breath of fresh air. Its really coming along now. We spent the last three days setting up and cycling the suspension, dialing in the interior seat, pedal, wheel and control positions, and then spent a lot of time brainstorming on all the final packaging challenges.
The front suspension travel is right at 20″, the rear is 26.5″. Track width to outside of tire at ground level is only 75″ and wheelbase is 113″. Tires are 35×12.5
This thing is a LOT smaller than it looks. Its the size of an 80’s toyota Hilux regular cab pickup. Packaging is the biggest build challenge we have ever tackled. Especially considering it is going to have full glass and a functioning Heater and A/C and be street legal and driven.
We just couldn’t get it ready in time for the NORRA Mexican 1000 this year so now we have our sights set on the Baja 1000 in November.
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