79 Lincoln Continental Town Coupe by Greg Gjerdingen Via Flickr: Lincoln & Continental Owners Club
2012 Mid-America National Meet
August 15 - 19, 2012
Park Plaza Hotel, 4460 West 78th Street Circle
Hosted by the North Star Region
Ford Ranchero GT 1972 (5337) por Clay Via Flickr: Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan - U.S.A.
Type: Ranchero Series GT Model 97R
Production time: September 1971 - September 1973
Production outlet: 27,940
Engine: 5766cc Ford Windsor 351W V-8
Power: 153 bhp / 3.800 rpm
Torque: 361 Nm / 2.000 rpm
Drivetrain: rear wheels
Speed: 163 km/h
Curb weight: 1840 kg
Load capacity: 618 kg
Wheelbase: 118 inch
Chassis: box frame with crossbars (new body-on-frame design) and self-supportin all steel body
Steering: recirculating ball and nut
Gearbox: three-speed manual / all synchromesh /
Clutch: 10 inch single dry plate
Carburettor: Motorcraft 2-barrel
Fuel tank: 76 liter
Electric system: 12 Volts 55 Ah
Ignition system: distributor and coil
Brakes front: dual hydraulic 10 inch self-adjusting drums
Brakes rear: dual hydraulic 10 inch self-adjusting drums
Suspension front: independent ball joint, upper trapezoidal triangle cross-bar, lower simple cross-bar with elastically mounted tension strut, sway bar, coil springs + hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers
Suspension rear: lower longitudinal links, upper braces, longitudinal leaf springs + hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers
Rear axle: live
Differential: hypoid 3.25:1
Wheels: 15 inch steel discs
Tires: H78 - 15
Options: 250 CID (4096cc) straight-6 engine (power 145/4.000rpm - torque 314Nm/1.600rpm), Ford FMX three-speed Select Shift automatic transmission, differential 2.75:1, front 10.7 inch disc brakes, power steering, air conditioning, bucket seats, AM/FM radio, vinyl top
- The Ranchero, introduced in December 1956, is quite unique Coupé utility vehicle: part car and part pickup truck.
- This principle was “copied” by Chevrolet with its El Camino in 1959.
- The Ford Ranchero was one of the favorite cars of Elvis Presley.
- The 1972 Ford Ranchero Series was available as this 2-door GT, as 2-door 500 Model 97D (49,065 units built) and as 2-door Squire Model 97K (9,070 units built).
- This sixth generation (1972–1976) Ranchero was only assembled in Lorain, Ohio (United States).
“Down here we have all kinds of music and food. Why, I remember folks used to do things down in Bristol called ‘all day singin’ and dinner on the ground,’” Tennessee Ernie Ford fondly recalled in May 1971. “That meant gospel quartets – as many as five to 20 of 'em – and people would come from miles around just to listen and have dinner, sittin’ on the ground. Everybody brought baskets or boxes of food, marvelous things: whole baked hams or sliced ham on biscuits, homemade bread, hot buttered rolls, hard boiled or deviled eggs and chicken by the acre, fried or roasted, roast beef and ribs. And homemade ice cream, with the paddle removed, all packed and salted down, wrapped in gunny sacks. That was something’ great, somethin’ we ought to do again!”
Bless your pea pickin’ heart, Ern.
Over the years I’ve written extensively about Tennesee Ernie Ford; how my mother would sing me to sleep with “Shotgun Boogie” and how the smell of mama’s sourdough bread rising in the oven and Ernie’s smooth bass-baritone voice would intermingle in our farmhouse kitchen. Like Ernie music and food were integral parts of my daily life as a child. Food was never something I took for granted. Instead, I savored every bite of my mother and grandmother’s home-cooked meals. To this day there are few things I cherish more.
Over the past year, the subject of country music stars and their forays into the restaurant business have come up in conversations with friends repeatedly. From Minnie Pearl and Eddy Arnold’s fried chicken to Roy Rogers’ roast beef, Little Jimmy Dickens’ barbecue and Conway Twitty’s “Twitty Burger” just to name a few. In 1969, the Tennessee Pea Picker himself took the plunge into the business with Tennessee Ernie’s Steak 'n’ Biscuits.