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Old 07-04-2012, 01:46 PM
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Red face 1960 T-Bird Ranchero build??

Just toying with the idea of converting my 1960 T-Bird hardtop into a Ranchero. I would cut a section out of the roof, and move the rear window up to the front seat back. Then install a floor and sides for the bed. Am I nuts??( okay, I am)
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Old 07-04-2012, 02:37 PM
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Unless you have some serious skills working with unibody cars I wouldn't recommend it. It's not like working on a car with a frame.
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Old 07-04-2012, 05:36 PM
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I have seen pictures of one made into a 4wd truck, with the type of body mods you are talking about. But I believe it had a solid frame. You can google it and probably find it.
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Old 07-05-2012, 12:46 PM
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never thought about the unit construction, bad idea. I wish Ford would have made a '60 Bird with a Starliner roof. I have thought about installing a Starliner roof, but may be more than I am capable of doing myself. Thanks
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Old 07-05-2012, 04:34 PM
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Finding a Starliner roof might be a big problem. Starliners are starting to go for big bucks because there are not that many survivors.
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:17 PM
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A few years back I restored a 1971 Mercedes 280SE sedan that had been converted into a pick-up (we call then utilities or 'utes' in Oz). The conversion was a very professional job and done years ago as a promotional vehicle for a tyre company. The Merc was of unitary construction and they fabricated the rear tray out of welded checker plate steel which made it extremely strong and rigid. Anything is possible with enough time and dollars. I can show you a picture if you're interested.

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Do you mean one of,,,,,,,,,these?
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:35 AM
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Do you mean one of,,,,,,,,,these?
That's the one I saw.
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Old 07-08-2012, 01:24 AM
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but I'd lower the stance a little. Tail gate would probably be the hardest part. Mike
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Old 07-08-2012, 04:37 AM
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The car was built on a light truck 4 X 4 chassis (and frame I would imagine), so that explains the extreme trim height.

Uni-body Rancheros (Fairlane/Falcon) were modified station wagon bodies so there should not be any major structural issues. As mentioned, tailgate fabrication would be difficult.
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