I normally never go hunting for a “rat rod” during my online searches. Too many times I wind up hunting for anything else after five minutes. It’s the same deal, over and over: rust. It’s one thing to keep a car original, I get that. If I was looking at a 1933 Chevrolet with it’s original engine, I’d be OK with that. If I’m seeing 75% of a Cummins 4BT sticking out of the nose of what I think used to be a Henry J, not so much. Some of you might be into that, but for my personal tastes, I want simpler, I want clean, and I want useable.
That’s why this 1969 Ranchero popped out at me when looking through the listings. Hot Rod Black paint with red steel wheels and Ford dog-dish caps…that’s good enough for a closer look, right? The Ranchero started out life blue with a blue interior, but fifty years later seeing that it has any interior, let alone the black/red setup inside is a welcome sight. The 302 under the hood has been rebuilt but per the seller both it and the C4 automatic are the original units for the car. And for use, a fiberglass tonneau cover was installed.
Sometimes, less is more when it comes to a vehicle build. There’s nothing radical about this Ranchero, but it’s been a long time since I’ve seen one of this vintage and have been impressed enough to really look it over. Do the same, and I hope you see what I see: the shop truck you didn’t know you really wanted.