The “73-CHERO” was owned by our client's Brother-in-law and after being wrecked a few too many times was parked in Fort Davis, Texas. It was used to store junk in the bed for over 20 years and while parked it received even more damage. Our client drove an El Camino for many years as a teenager and dreamed of getting the Big Block 460 running once again. He along with his son, pulled the car out of the dirt and started working on it when they had time. Eventually, they decided to bring it to Crossroads and commit to a full restoration with modifications. Our client’s Father-in-law was a real car enthusiast and his hope was that he could get the car running before he passed. Unfortunately, they lost him earlier this year. In tribute to him, they are excited to bring this underrated muscle car back to life with some serious performance upgrades and a shocking yellow paint job.
The 72 through 79 Ranchero never met the expectation that the El Camino had already achieved. It was much heavier and more Ill-mannered than its counterpart. Curiously enough, the Mach 1 Mustang used many of the same components and remains a serious collector car to date. Starting with a totaled out 73 base model with a big block, our ambition is to borrow as many styling cues from the 73 Mach 1 to build a Ranchero GT as if it were the muscle car option to the mustang with a pickup bed. A fuel injected competition built 460 coupled to a C6 tranny , 4-wheel disc brakes and custom leather interior is a good start. Mach 1 mirrors, old school hood pins and Ranchero GT graphics on an acid yellow topcoat will give the project a period correct look finished off with Cobra engine garnishments, a frontrunner kit and Magnum 500 wheels.
This will be a Crossroads signature build.