Thursday, January 10, 2013

An Australian Ranchero

Hi guys! Just back from a trip to Australia. Came across some Ford cars I thought you would be interested in. They are built under the Falcon nameplate down There and come in a number of different configurations. This one style in particular caught my eye. It's a modern day Ranchero! If Ford made these here, it would be my daily driver. Due to building robots for a living, I need a pick-up to transfer parts and robots around. And truth be known, I despise my Ranger on many levels. It's a gutless wonder, that uses too much gas, pings like crazy going up hill, and well...drives like a truck. For many years, I've considered buying a rust-free 71 Ranchero from Texas and rebuilding one for the business.  Nice thought - but I know I would never be able to bring myself to drive it during the Winter. So I'm stuck with the Ranger until I can figure out how to import one of these Falcons into the country :) I can only imagine the hoops the government would enjoy watching me jump through to make that happen. These two were sitting back to back in downtown Brisbane. One was labeled a Boss 260 and the other was a Boss 290. As you can see below, they put out some serious horsepower numbers. Enjoy!

Boss 260 4-valve DOHC 5.4 L V8, 349 hp @ 5250 rpm, 369 lb·ft @ 4000 rpm

Boss 290 4-valve DOHC 5.4 L V8, 389 hp @ 5500 rpm, 384 lb·ft @ 4500 rpm