• Jan 15, 2010
1975 Ford Ranchero with a 604ci V8 - Click above for high-res image gallery

We don't often feature custom cars owned by individuals, but this 1975 Ford Ranchero is too good to pass up. One look at the massive rear tires or the dual nitrous bottles in the trunk will tell you that this isn't your everyday sedan-based pickup.

You might initially think that the wood paneling along the side of the Ranchero, a feature of the Squire model, is the coolest part of the package, but wait until you get a look underneath the hood. Owner Mike Miller has swapped out the original Cleveland V8 with a 604ci V8 specially built by JBA Engines in San Diego, California that puts out 870 horsepower and 822 lb-ft torque on 91 octane. And that's without the 250 shot of nitrous. Check out the chromed V8 and the rest of the Ranchero's tasty details in our high-res gallery below.




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      SomeHumanBeing
      • 4 Years Ago
      To all the people who posted snarky comments: Have you no sense of joy? What's wrong with you! Go get some anti-deperessants or something, you need help. If this thing dosen't put a great big smile on your face, then you need help!
      • 4 Years Ago
      PLEASE make this a weekly thing. I love classy, clean, professional-looking hot rods like this, especially when the photographer knows what he/she is doing.

      I'd love to see more of these kinds of drool-worthy cars, especially ones like this that I've never seen before.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow 604 cubic inches of wow, love the wood paneling.
      • 4 Years Ago
      AWESOME.

      Look up "ranchero boss" on youtube to hear this thing!
      • 4 Years Ago
      We NEED to see videos of this thing!
      JDM Life
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pure win.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You people need to look at the Australian Ute Culture. Supercharged, Turbocharged, Nitrous, Big Block , Small Block even turbocharged Rotaries in 1950's Utes. The modified Ute is very common.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love the car, the woodgrain looks fantastic--especially with high gloss on it. Think I would take the nitrous shot off as that is likely the last thing that this car needs and the last thing I would want is to add an additional hole in the side of the block using a connecting rod.

      One thing bugs me-- in a few of the photos it looks like there could be a hood panel fit issue on the front drivers side. Hope it is a trick of the light.
        • 4 Years Ago
        >> One thing bugs me-- in a few of the photos it looks like there could be a hood panel fit issue on the front drivers side. Hope it is a trick of the light.

        You're kidding, right? Or (and don't take this the wrong way) maybe you are too young to remember. In those days, North Amercan vehicles were considered well built if you couldn't actually drive a VW bug between the panel gaps.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I need a tissue... or napkin... or sum'n...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here it comes. The "I had a..." story. I had a 1966 Ranchie, it has a 289 and a 2 barrel and it would light the tires with ease. It was a much lighter car than this one, so I am sure the burnouts this animal is capable of are just magnificent
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cue the Banjo!
      • 4 Years Ago
      HOLY COW. Looks like a Dually, ehheehh.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow 9.9 Liters. With those power numbers, the engine isn't even trying hard (without the NOS)
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's definitely a show-stopper. But I can't help thinking that these were the kinds of cars that Big Three were building at exactly that point in history -- after the first oil shock -- when the Japanese were figuring out how to eat their lunch. Honda launched the Accord a year later (1976) and the die was cast ...

        • 4 Years Ago
        It's a Ford Ranchero Super-Duty.

        I could somehow see Mr. T driving this beast in between stints in his van. Very seventies in a Road Warrior sort of way.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Cars like this are the reason I come to Autoblog. This is a beast...
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