Ranchero/ El Camino for hauling?
Posted June 05, 2009 - 08:54 PM
Since the car will most likely be off the road indefinately (Things have a tendency to spiral out of control once the car's off the ground - for better or worse!), I need a hauler, but something smallish. I had a S10 and hated it, so that whole line of trucks is out.
I drove a car with a trailer for a year, and it just got annoying when I was going by myself.
So I've been thinking about buyin a early to mid 60s Ford Ranchero, or a 80s Chevrolet El Camino.
Anyone ever use these to haul a bike, either in the bed or towin a small trailer? Thanks all!
Posted June 06, 2009 - 10:46 AM
Posted June 06, 2009 - 02:40 PM
In the El Camino....I wouldn't get anything later than a '72
68 to 72 are nice years.
In the Ranchero...I wouldn't get anything later than 1903.
Can you tell i'm not a Ford Guy????
I agree not getting a later El Camino than a '72 but once you get into the real later ones like the mid 80's I think they are good cars. I would get anything in between those years though.
Posted June 06, 2009 - 03:57 PM
Posted June 06, 2009 - 07:49 PM
Posted June 07, 2009 - 07:33 PM
I wish I could afford a nice 68-72 Elky, but those don't exactly fall in the less than $4k category.
I actually got a 76 Elky with a blown 350 when I was 14 to fix up. Man was that thing fugly(but not as fugly as that green one above!), even compared to my rusty 73 Levi's ed. Gremlin! Slightly rustier too, but it got parted out to buy said Gremlin.
I'm really liking the looks of the 60-64 Rancheros, but they're a little difficult to find (bout the same as my knee-jerk reaction - 'nother Eagle with a hitch)
So I'm thinkin unless a Ranch falls into my lap, I'll end up with an 80s Elky.
Posted June 07, 2009 - 07:43 PM
Posted June 07, 2009 - 07:46 PM
As for towing or hauling. I think his el camino could certainly have a bike in the bed. The only problem is unlike a truck, there is a lot of the bed behind the rear axle. Also you could look into getting a stiffer spring pack or an add a leaf to beef up the rear suspension. As for towing a trailer, the car would have plenty of power. Slowing down would be the hard part!
Posted June 08, 2009 - 06:40 PM