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1987 Ford RancheroStar - Click above for high-res image gallery

The last time that we spotted today's eBay find of the day, it was cruising along Woodward Ave in Birmingham, MI this past summer. The RancheroStar immediately caught our attention, but evidently the For Sale sign in the window didn't catch enough eyeballs from onlookers. Thus we now find it again.

According to its eBay listing, the creator of this minivan-trucklet died before completing the project, although he apparently had some pretty serious plans for it going forward. The truncated 1987 Ford Aerostar currently has its stock front V6, rear-wheel drive (not front-wheel drive as in the listing) configuration, but the deceased creator had plans to eventually replace it with a mid-mounted 460 cubic-inch V8. Apparently, the bodywork as it stands today is all metal, with no fiberglass or dreaded Bondo. From what we saw briefly at Woodward, the vehicle seems to be well executed for as far as it got.

If you are interested in an oddball project to complete, this one might be worth checking out. At this point, there aren't any bids, so you might get a good deal. If you do pick it up and complete it or at least paint it, let us know and it could get an Autoblog follow-up. Thanks to Scott for the tip!


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      • 5 Years Ago
      wow, that windshield wiper looks positively useful!
      http://i.ebayimg.com/09/!Bc0hbWwBGk~$(KGrHqMOKj8Eq4mf5s-WBK2LLwkGdQ~~_12.JPG
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why bother? There is a trucklet based on this platform. It's called a Ranger. They still sell them. So just what would the point to this be?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd take this over that loser Ford off road truck thingy... ;-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is just deliciously horrible. :-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Back when the Aerostar was a "new" vehicle and I was a kid...say 1986-1987...I used to sit in class and draw my own version of the "Ranch-Aero"

      Looks like I wasn't the only one with this concept (of name) in mind!
      • 5 Years Ago
      How about a Fiesta Ranchero?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQaWXmOf8ck
        • 5 Years Ago
        It actually reminded me of the Courier. lmao
      • 5 Years Ago
      I owned an AeroSlug for 11 months... it was such a horridly made vehicle I traded it in for less than I owed! Fix Or Repair Daily, gotta love it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Drop in the mid mounted V8 and leave it flat black...Awesome..
      • 5 Years Ago
      I want one of those.

      http://www.carnorama.com
      • 5 Years Ago
      When the Aerostar was in production I wished Ford made a pickup version of it rather than the ugly Ranger, like how they made a pickup version of the Econoline van in the 1960's.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow.

      You kind of shake your head and wonder "why?", but this actually does look pretty nicely done. I'm guessing the original builder actually knew what he was doing.

      Put the right paint job on this thing, and it might look pretty cool.