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Back from the Dead Part Six - The 442 gets some new shoes & accents
Featured Car: Don Del Bene's 1965 Ford Ranchero


Back from the Dead

The change from stock looking wheels to modified is subtle but impressive!
Illustrating real-world car restorations done by Automotive History Preservation Society members

by Craig Sparkes and No Limits Staff

The purpose of this series is to illustrate typical examples of real world car restorations done by Automotive History Preservation Society members. Hopefully, they will serve to educate us as to what to expect when we take on a restoration project. 

Part 6 – the 442 gets new "shoes" and some accents.

In Part 5, I finally got the 442 set with the dual quads and special hood. After that, I had the new hood painted to match the rest of the car – Mike over at Advance Auto Body did a great job perfecting the hood and matching the paint. Now the 442 was looking good.

One issue that reared up was that the posi in my 3.55:1 rear "went south". It was now a "peg leg". Since this was a 60's era "4-cone" unit, it could not be repaired. After checking around, I took the car to The Rear End Shop (real name) in Livermore CA and they replaced the broken 4-cone with an Eaton posi unit. This allowed them to retain the original 3.55:1 gear set. The 442 would now "light 'em up" on both rears. This, however posed another issue.

I had retained the original 14" SS I wheels that were optional on the 1967 442. This meant that I had to use tires for 14" rims. In 2018 there is no longer a big selection of 14" size tires. Cooper Tires offered a BFG Radial T/A style of tire in 14" but the largest (width) tire I could get for the rears were 225/70R14. With the dual quads dialed in and the posi fixed, it was all to easy to light those tires – even when I didn't want to!  Clearly it was time for more modern sized wheels and tires . . . .

To read more about Part Six of Back from the Dead - click HERE

To read Parts One through Five of Back from the Dead - click HERE

1965 Ford Ranchero

It's what's inside that counts - Don Del Bene's 1965 Ford Ranchero

by Society 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 car.

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 . . .

To read more about Don Del Bene's 1965 Ford Ranchero - click HERE

AHPS Store New Look

Special Editorial Section - The AHPS Store has a new look

We have redone our main store page to fully illustrate all the great items we have for sale. Click on the icon or the store link below and have fun shopping!

Remember, all purchases help the Society defray the cost of acquisition and operations. Everything ships FREE! Thank you!
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SEMA ARMO

ARMO News - Classic industries Releases New 1967-68 Firebird Center Dash Panels

Classic Industries, the leader in quality restoration parts and accessories worldwide, today released new OER® reproduction interior center dash panels for 1967-68 Firebird models. Each stamped aluminum panel will install as original and features a correct simulated walnut or burlwood woodgrain design with chrome trim.

Available for vehicles equipped with or without factory air conditioning. Mounting holes are drilled in accurate locations to ease installation. This panel covers the area around the ashtray, radio, heater and AC control unit, and AC vent (where applicable). Hardware not included.

New 1967-68 Firebird Center Dash Panels
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