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Old 05-01-2003, 02:29 PM
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Default El Camino vs Ranchero

Hi from Cape Town. South Africa.
I am about to buy an El Camini or Ranchero. The choice is mine but if anybody has any info on which is better and why, please let me know.
I am looking for a 6cyl beast as fuel prices here are very high.
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Old 05-01-2003, 04:02 PM
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There's no comparison, go with the El Camino! There's so much more available to restore them and keep them running and besides that you've got this website at your fingertips. Find any websites like this for that awful FORD RAUNCHERO? NOT!
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Old 05-01-2003, 07:06 PM
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CapeTown;

To be honest, I'd love to see picture's of either of your possible considerations. A classic car of any name tag can be appreciated by either crowd. Obviously we're GM oriented here...so keep that in mind
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Old 05-02-2003, 12:16 PM
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Capetown.

I own a 75 Ford Ranchero and a 79 Chevy El Camino, and I would have to say besides that Chevy bodies have smooth lines and Fords have blocky appearances, both look great. Mechanicly, the Chevy seems more reliable. But both prform well. I just think Chevy's take less tinkering.

I used to say about my Ranchero "Fix Or Repair Daily" and it will be "First On Race Day"...

But in all honesty, I think the Chevy would win the race...
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Old 05-02-2003, 12:32 PM
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Thanks for the replies Guys,
Appreciate the photos too, makes it easier to have something to compare to.
Mike, actually Ford have a site almost identical to this one!

Talking of classic cars, I own a '69 Beetle 1300, a '71 VW Camper (going fishin this week-end) and a superb '76 Mazda Capella.

I did own a Chevy Malibu Station-Wagon some years back, but that was in Zimbabwe and I had to leave it when whites were no longer welcome there.

Today I saw a brilliant looking C10, now that copuld have possibilities too.....
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Are older/classic American cars really as prevalent as you make it appear in South Afirca?
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Old 05-02-2003, 02:43 PM
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Rancheros, El Caminos, F100s, F250s, F350s, C10s, C20s - are reasonably available and still running, but the majority of the older vehicle fleet (and newer) is German and Japanese.
Datsun, Nissan, Mazda, Isuzu are the preferred pick-ups, particularly diesels.
Yank-tanks, as they are affectionally known, are not popular due to the high fuel consumption, though there are enthusiasts and farmers, transporters etc who swear by them.
Most are used by people who require the hp to tow with.
I have just checked the local weekly, and it is suprising how many vehicles are out there for sale.
This weeks free-ads paper (for Cape Town area only) has
2 x El Camino
1 x Dodge 6cyl
1 x Ford F100
1 x Ford F250
1 x 1946 Sleepmaster
1 x C10
1 x Chev C30
1 x Jeep Wagoneer
1 x Chev Commando sw
1 x Chrysler Charger 1970
1 x 1969 Ford Fairlane
1 x Ford Fairmont
1 x 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback
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... which is better...
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Rancheros are bad for you. If you buy a Ranchero it will eventually end up in a goat infested junkyard like this one did.



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Old 05-02-2003, 08:05 PM
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Default El Camino or ford ranchreo...

Well, you came to the right place for the right answer...El Camino! Out of over 75 vehicle's that I have owned, (I like to buy, fix-up & sell) I have only bought 1 ford & that was a Truck only so that I could trade it for a Harley Sportster! Even if I had the Luck to purchase the "MUNSTER'S KOACH", I would replace the drivetrain with a Chevy drivetrain..."SKULL"
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Ya'll be nice now...

I'd really like to see what this one looks like 1 x Chrysler Charger 1970 Maybe time to bring her back home!
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The Chrysler Charger is apparently in excellent condition, with the original owner's manual, and is on offer for around USD 3800.
How does this price compare with prices in the US?
An El Camino in reasonable condition will fetch around USD 2000 here.
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Old 05-25-2003, 09:25 AM
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Battled to find an F100 that wasn't rusted all to hell, or completely refurbished. I gave up trying to find a particular model and eventually decided that any model in my price range would do, as long as it was automatic and 6 cylinder.

I suppose I could have waited, but this truck must work as well as give pleasure, so time was critical. I am starting production on aluminium boats as well as pontoon bass boats, so needed something to cart the bits around.

So here it is, apparently a 1982 F100, with highly modified bin made of good South African pine. Not exactly original but still looks **** good and is exactly what I need for work.

What do you think.
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Capetown, good luck with your new truck and your new building venture.

Just for info, here's the Ranchero website: http://www.ranchero.org/main.html

Many of you know that I enjoy anything automotive, as you've seen from my "Top Five" listing and the variety of many (now) collectible vehicles I've owned. I even enjoy the '57 Ranchero and my brother once owned a '64 Ranchero with a "Sprint" engine. It was a neat truck. Those are the only two years that I find interesting.
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Old 05-27-2003, 12:50 PM
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Default Hands down better!!

Hands down the El Camino is far more superior to the Ranchero. At least I think so....AND EVERYONE ELSE ON THIS WEB SITE! I believe that there is no better feeling than while you're driving your Elky down the road pull up beside a Ranchero...drop it into 1st and smoke the pile of rust....haha just a personal experience...plus i don't really like the name "Ranchero" ...sounds like a cheesy lame excuse for a spanish word. El Camino means "The Road" which is what you are driving on and what you "own" when you're driving one. anyways personally i feel that the elky is better but hey but if you just need something to get you around then i guess a ranchero aint to bad
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El Camino means "The Camino" duh! (spanish 101)
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