Back in 1959, Ford introduced a rather unusual vehicle called the Ranchero. It was a half-car, half-truck creation that offered car-like handling with the utility of a small pickup truck. Ford ended production of the Ranchero in 1979, and they haven’t built anything like it since then.
While driving around the other day, I spotted something that caught my eye. This enterprising driver has taken it upon himself to create his own version of the Ranchero…sort of. Whereas the Ranchero was a car with truck-like abilities, this driver has created a truck with car-like abilities.
This kind of weight reduction is bound to give even the most progressive of ecomodders a full on rager. With 140 hp or so and a pretty bulletproof engine this three wheeled freakshow will most certainly keep you entertained for a while, at least until the transmission pops. Continue reading →
Somehow I’ve stumbled across another one year only wagon, this is the 1982 Mercury Cougar wagon. It’s the sister car to the 1982 Granada wagon that I found a while back. I spotted this guy down near the Mexican border and the Granada out in California, I’ve never seen one around Phoenix. There’s always something special about seeing an older boring car out on the road for normal use.
Tomorrow, it’s companion, the Bad Lightning, will be posted. For today at least, you get to view a beautiful example of Ford’s second-generation sport truck whose only automotive crime is a set of vinyl stripes that are a tad Chevy-esque in their design. Easy enough to remove though.
Take a look at the little details: The stock sportside non-lightning tail lamps, the tasteful wheels and the handsome stance. This truck is a great example of subtle modifications that don’t take away from the original design.
I have heard that in Texas, the expression “big hat, no cattle” refers to someone who looks important but has suspect credentials. They might talk big but fail to come through or produce results that are in line with their appearance. This person might also be called a show-off, a braggart, or a fraud.
I would say that “big hat, no cattle” definitely applies to this Ford Taurus – especially since Taurus is the Latin word for “bull.” With its body kit and its dual exhaust cutouts, it might be appear to be a pretty fast car. Sadly, I have to call it out for not having any “go” to back up the “show.”