Don Del Bene’s 1965 Ford Ranchero

This brilliant blue Ford Ranchero looks great on the outside, but it's the interior that really makes this truck a standout!

It’s what’s inside that counts
Don Del Bene’s 1965 Ford Ranchero
As seen at the 17th American Iron Car Show
By No Limits staff
As No Limits checked out the cars and trucks at the 17th American Iron Car Show in Pleasant Hill, CA we came upon this brilliant blue 1965 Ford Ranchero. If the color alone wasn’t enough to grab you, the interior was outstanding. We decided to find out more about this cool Ranchero.
Tracking down the owner, we found out that Don bought the Ranchero a little over two years ago. At that time, it had been painted and equipped with a Ford 302 crate motor and Borg Warner T-10 4-speed transmission. The motor had been “enhanced ‘with an Edelbrock aluminum intake and matching 600 cfm carb and fired with an MSD coil and distributor. The Ranchero is air conditioned with a Vintage Air system
The Ranchero rides on 14” Magnum 500 chrome wheels with 215/70/14 BFG radial tires. Don changed the transmission from the 4-speed to a beefier C6 to insure trouble free driving. The power is transmitted to a stock Ford 8” rear with 3.23:1 gearing.
But let’s talk about that interior. Don changed the seating from the stock bench to a pair of Mustang buckets. Then he had the seats and door panels reupholstered in saddle and cream leather. One thing that catches your eye is the full length floor console. It gracefully dips from the seats to the floor shifter and has built in cup holders and glove box. It too has been upholstered to match the seats and door panels. When we asked Don where he got it—he told us he built the console himself. Job Well done we say !
The dash holds the stock Ford Ranchero speedometer/gauge cluster and is supported by a trio of under dash mounted aftermarket gauges for water, oil and amperage. Next to the gauges is the outlet and controls for the Vintage Air system. Everything fits nice and neat. The steering column is topped off with a GT Performance Mustang style wood rimmed steering wheel.
Back to the exterior … The Ranchero is painted in Ford brilliant blue and has a subtle pinstripe running down its flanks ending in a period correct Ford Falcon symbol. Nice touch. Out back, the bed is covered by a full length heavy vinyl cover. The dual exhaust tips finish off the back end.
With the Magnum 500 wheels this Ranchero has just the right stance and just the right look. This is one nice truck !


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