For Sale: Australian 1946 Ford Ute “Project”

I know that in the motor vehicle enthusiast community every person has his or her own opinion on virtually every topic, but I think it is relatively safe to say that it is now accepted that the first “Ute”, also known as a “coupe utility” in America (or “bakkies” in South Africa), was designed, developed and manufactured in Australia in 1934.

Ford Australia’s growth and diversity of models continued through the 1930s but World War 2 severely affected domestic vehicle manufacturers as they were all required to turn their manufacturing plants over to the ever-growing war effort.

When the War ended, Ford had many leftover 1942 body parts and sales to a car-hungry public resumed. The 1946 model year represents the first year of production following World War 2. Outside trim was nearly identical to the 1942 except for the new horizontal grille consisting of three stainless steel bars below a massive, chrome-plated pair of Ford “wings.” The grille sported red striping within ridges in the metal.

1946 Ford Ute Project

On behalf of its current owner, TrueWest Imports has been given the opportunity to sell a “Project” 1946 Australian made Ford Ute. It is in a dry State of America, remains Right Hand Drive and has always been garaged by the owner who has owned the Ute for 27 years.

The owner started the project on this Ute but, due to health problems, he is now unable to finish it. That is the sole reason for selling.

The frame and all sheet metal has been sand-blasted and is in grey primer. It has the “normal” rust to repair but, according to the Owner, it is not that bad. It has a good floor and needs spot replacement on both front enders. There are some small dents in the rear corners of the bed but all in all it is in very good condition (metal wise) given the age of the Ute and having been used for the purpose for which it was built.

In addition, it has:

  • a 4 inch dropped axle;
  • Volvo model 122 disc brakes;
  • 1957 Ford 9 inch rear end;
  • Front and rear springs have been reconditioned and the eye on the front springs has been reversed and some leaves have been removed;
  • Pete and Jake steering adapter;
  • Very good replacement tailgate;
  • 15 inch slot aluminium wheels;
  • New aluminium 3 core radiator set up for Chevrolet inlet and outlet;
  • All parts to put the vehicle together – glass, garnish rails, stock 1941 dash, stock   Kangaroo leather seat that needs to be re-done; and,
  • the wood in the bed needs to be replaced.

The asking price for the 1946 Australian Ford Ute Project is US$10,000. This does not include the cost of export from the US, shipping and Australian or New Zealand import costs. These can be provided upon request.

If you are a prospective buyer located in America and would like to convert the Ute to Left Hand Drive, the Owner has additional parts to make the conversion for an extra cost.

In 1946 only 1,735 Ford Utes were sold in Australia and fewer than 30 were exported to the US. Only 6 are believed to be currently registered in the US.

This Project, once completed, will ensure that the new Buyer will have a very unique and rare vehicle that will be the envy of friends and on-lookers alike.

Australian and New Zealand “as landed” costs of the vehicle will be posted on the TrueWest Imports’ website as soon as possible. If anyone has any queries before that occurs, please contact me.

As always, I would ask if you can, please donate to CFWA.

Cystic Fibrosis WA

Until next time. Michael

email: info@truewestimports.com
Mobile: 0448 899 134
Fax: 08 9355 4465

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1972 Ford Ranchero GT – PRICE REDUCED!! Was originally $37,500 NOW $27,500 ONO.

I am offering for sale this fantastic example of a classic muscle car/ute. It is a one year only design 1972 Ford Ranchero GT. This is essentially the ute version of Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino” in the film of the same name.

This Ranchero GT currently located in Western Australia and is fully registered as a LHD car until May 2016. The car is my own personal vehicle which I imported from the United States.

The collectability of this particular year and style of Ranchero in the US is reflected in the fact that few are offered for sale and, when they are, the prices being asked are increasing rapidly.

Please note that the WA personalised plates DO NOT come with the Ranchero

Photo of 1972 Ranchero

The Ranchero was launched from Dearborn, Michigan in 1957 as the American automotive industry’s first ever car/pick-up, two years before Chevrolet’s belated response of the ‘El Camino’!

Undeniably handsome and perfect for the small businessman in the service industry, the model evolved in the late sixties into a full force muscle machine!

Upsizing of the Ranchero continued into the seventies with the 1972 with the release of the “Torino” styled Ranchero. It was said to combine the best of both worlds; a beautiful and fast luxury muscle truck/car. To this day, many fans of the muscle car hold the 1972 model in high regards. To many, the 1972 GT packaged Ranchero was, and still is, the best Ford Ranchero ever made.

1972 Ranchero Grille Front view of 1972 Ranchero

This offering of the 1972 Ford Ranchero GT is an absolutely exceptional example of an original southern California, 3rd owner, always garaged, RUST FREE, and with no evidence of any accidents.

Details:

  • Exterior: The Ranchero was originally repainted with Dupont Imron Dark Blue Metallic & White in approximately 1994. However, I had it repainted in a Dark Metallic Blue and had matte white GT stripes added. While it is still extremely very presentable as is, there are again some minor scratches and imperfections in the paint, most of which could be buffed out if desired.
  • I ordered a custom made hard tonneau cover from Gaylords Lids in Santa Fe, California and had the optional “speed spur” wing added to the cover. The cover is fully lined and has drainage toughs fitted.
Hard tonneau cover with speed sup wing Side view of Ranchero with hard tonneau cover
  • There was a recessed power antenna installed in the body flare behind the driver door and the Ranchero has a custom tube grille fitted. I have, however, had the antenna and the door handles shaved. The doors are now opened with a remote “door popper”. All chrome and aluminium trim is original and has not been restored.
  • The Ranchero also has the US equivalent of a “Hayman Reece” tow bar fitted.
  • The bed is totally free of imperfections or fillers and has a “Line X” protective finish. I also had the battery re-located into the bed of the Ranchero.
Bed of Ranchero Battery relocated into bed of Ranchero
  • Interior: The interior features the GT Rally Cluster with tachometer and quartz clock, factory air-conditioning, interval wipers, power steering, and power front disc brakes. The pillar and window seals have been replaced. PLEASE NOTE – as the air-conditioning was required to be de-gassed and dismantled prior to entry into Australia, the air-conditioning is not currently operational and will need re-gassing and re-assembly.

GT Rally cluster

  • The seat and door panels are unmolested and in exceptional condition for the age of the Ranchero. There is one small scratch in the padded dash. The carpet is original, shows some wear, but is in overall good shape. The original seat belts and shoulder harnesses were replaced as part of the Western Australian registration and licensing requirements.
inside Ranchero LHS Inside Ranchero RHS
  • An iPod interface, power amplifier and speakers were added to the original working Factory AM/FM Stereo. In addition, and to avoid changing over the speedo to Km/h, I installed a HillSpeed Digital Speedometers from Bogaard Distributors.
GPS Speedo Speedo Box
  • I also have an electric window kit that I purchased from the US and is included in the price but is not yet installed.
  • Unlike Australian “utes”, the Ranchero was built using either a sedan or station wagon chassis.  The benefit of this is that behind the seats is, what would have been the foot-well of the rear passengers. In the Ranchero, the space behind the passenger is where the spare wheel and jack are located.  Behind the driver’s seat there is a great amount of storage space.

Rear behind driver's seat

  • Driveline: According to the person from whom I bought the Ranchero, the engine and transmission were professionally rebuilt at the high 90k miles mark (undocumented). The 351 “H” code 2 bl. carburettor engine is strong and responsive, with excellent oil pressure and no oil leaks or unusual noises. The 3-Speed Cruise-O-Matic transmission, which has a larger capacity oil cooler for added protection under heavy loads, shifts very smoothly through the gears.
  • Since 2007, the person from whom I bought the Ranchero had installed NEW brakes, NEW Alternator, New radiator and hoses, NEW A/C compressor, dryer and updated the remainder of the system. Also added for performance and efficiency was a PerTronix Polished Billet Distributor w/Flamethrower Coil. A 3.0:1 open differential and rear coil suspension with air shocks brings up the rear.
  • After I imported the Ranchero, I had the engine taken out and a new mild cam installed.  In addition a larger carburettor was installed.

The Ranchero purrs like a grumpy kitten at idle and roars like an angry lion when my foot is put down!

Orfginal engine

Original 351 with 2bbl

Engine Bay

Front end with engine removed

Rebuilt motor

Rebuilt motor

Since having the engine rebuilt I have had chrome rocker covers fitted, high capacity spark plug leads and a higher crank amp alternator fitted.

  • Wheels & Tires: “Vintage” American Racing Torq-Thrust D wheels are shod with P235/60 (front) and 255/60 R15 (rear) BFG Radial TA’s.
Wheel and tyre Rancheo with lid up

In addition, with the purchase of the Ranchero you will receive an Elite Marti Report for the car, 5 Workshop manuals, the original owners’ documentation and a coloured wiring diagram sourced from classiccarwiring.com.

Elite Marti report Workshop Manuals
original owners paperwork Wiring diagram

There are many more photographs of this beautiful vehicle as well as additional information which is available on request.

This amazing example of a 1972 Ford Ranchero is located in Western Australia. It is fully registered as a LHD vehicle and licensed until May 2016.

This is one great, classic daily driver and reliable muscle truck/car and it absolutely turns heads whenever and wherever I drive it!

The price shown does not include the costs of shipping or transporting the Ranchero to the new owner.

Until next time.
Michael

Our contact details are:
Office – from Australia: (08) 6162 1968
Office – from NZ or anywhere overseas: +61 8 6162 1968
Mobile: – from Australia: 0421 880 604
Mobile: – from NZ or anywhere overseas: +61 421 880 604
No private numbers please. Sorry, they will not be answered.(but please leave a message and I will return your call as soon as possible).
Fax:- from Australia: (08) 9355 4465
Fax: – from NZ or anywhere overseas: +61 8 9355 4465
email: info@truewestimports.com
***Private numbers WILL NOT be answered***

TrueWest Imports is now very proudly supporting Cystic Fibrosis WA. Part proceeds of all sales will be donated to CFWA. I encourage anyone who views this post to kindly make a donation. I greatly appreciate any assistance you may be able to give.

Cystic Fibrosis WA

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New Office Number

Hi everyone

TrueWest Imports has a new office contact number.

Our contact details are now:
Office – from Australia: (08) 6162 1968
Office – from NZ or anywhere overseas: +61 8 6162 1968
Mobile: – from Australia: 0421 880 604
Mobile: – from NZ or anywhere overseas: +61 421 880 604
No private numbers please. Sorry, they will not be answered.(but please leave a message and I will return your call as soon as possible).
Fax:- from Australia: (08) 9355 4465
Fax: – from NZ or anywhere overseas: +61 8 9355 4465
email: info@truewestimports.com

Can I please ask you to remember this change?

Also, if you get a chance, please check the TrueWest Imports website because we have some new and very exciting inventory up and more coming.

For example check out the “8 Ball Cobra” it is a true BEAST!

Here is a taste of what a 9.3L motor sounds like in this handbuilt and engineered brute.

As usual I ask that if you are able, to support Cystic Fibrosis WA.

Cystic Fibrosis WA

Until next time. Michael

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1978 Dodge “LIL’ RED EXPRESS” Truck – US$16.900

TrueWest Imports has been given the rare opportunity to offer for sale this 1978 Dodge Li’l Red Express Truck.

Dodge LIL RED Truck

Dodge released the Lil’ Red Express Truck In 1978 and it was one of the most unique Dodge trucks that had ever been produced. The Lil’ Red Express was not only a real looker but these trucks were also real performers. In 1978 The Dodge Lil’ Red Express was the fastest American made vehicle from 0 to 100 MPH as tested by “Car and Driver” magazine.

Dodge Lil Red Truck engine Side view Lil Red Express

The Li’l Red Express is instantly recognizable with its dual-exhaust system with chrome-plated vertical tailpipes mounted behind the cab, giving it that semi-truck look.

Other features include a small-block Dodge V-8 engine with four-barrel carburetor mated to an automatic transmission.

The truck is finished in Medium Canyon Red with a black interior. Gold accent striping and decals contribute to the distinctive look along with wood trim on the bed, alloy wheels, chrome plated side steps; power steering and brakes.

Rear of Lil Red Express TruckThe Li’l Red Express is truly a customized vehicle for the avid Dodge enthusiast and it came fully-equipped in this basic manner from the factory.

This represents the first of only two years of limited production for this model.

 

This truly is a Great and Unique Investment!

There are many more photographs of this beautiful vehicle available on request.

The price listed is in US$ but I can provide you with an all-inclusive “as landed” cost to have this uique pick-u[ truck imported to Fremantle or any other Port in Australia or New Zealand.

This vehicle is located in the US and the price shown does not include any applicable GST or the costs of Importing the vehicles into Australia. See out FAQ page for information relating to costs, taxes and regulation.

As always, I would ask if you can, please donate to CFWA.

Cystic Fibrosis WA

Until next time. Michael

email: info@truewestimports.com.au
Ph: 08 9472 6575
Fax: 08 9355 4465
Mob: 0421 880 604
From NZ: +61 421 880 604

 

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1967 Mercury Cougar – US$15,000

TrueWest Imports proudly presents this quality extra nice first generation 1967 Mercury Cougar. These early Cougars are very stylish & sporty cars.

1967 Mercury Cougar

Mercury Cougar is a nameplate that was applied to a diverse series of automobiles sold by the Mercury division of Ford Motor Company from 1967 to 2002.

The introduction of the Cougar in 1967 finally gave Mercury its own “pony car” and was named Motor Trend magazine “Car of the Year” in 1967.  Slotted between the Ford Mustang and the Ford Thunderbird, the Cougar would be the performance icon and eventually the icon for the Mercury name for several decades. The Cougar was available in two models (base and XR-7) and originally only came in one body style (a two-door hardtop).

As was the common practice within the Mercury division, the Cougar shared its basic underpinnings with a Ford counterpart. At the time of its introduction in 1967, it was based upon the Ford Mustang but with a 3-inch-longer (76 mm) wheelbase and new sheet metal. A full-width divided grille with hidden headlamps and vertical bars defined the front fascia— it was sometimes called the electric shaver grille. At the rear, a similar treatment saw the license plate surrounded on both sides with vertically slatted grille work concealing taillights (with sequential turn signals), a styling touch taken from the Thunderbird.

This was the only generation with covered headlights, which were deployed using a vacuum canister system that kept the doors down when a vacuum condition existed in the lines, provided by the engine when it was running. If a loss of vacuum occurred, the doors would retract up so that the headlights were visible if the system should fail.

 Details:

This car looks and sounds mean!

It is a numbers matching car with the stock 289 cu in (4.7 L) Windsor V8 (200hp/149 kW) and 2 barrel carburetter mated to the factory 3 speed automatic transmission.

It has power steering and factory air-conditioning (which does not blow cold – but since it will need de-gassing when it comes into Australia, that shouldn’t prove too much of a problem).

The Cougar is a 2 owner only car.  It was bought new by a lady and was driven until her death.  It was then put into storage by her family for many years.

The second owner brought it back to life and has been driving it now for several years. Since he has owned the Cougar, the second owner has given the car a very nice repaint, some mechanical work and new carpet.  The carburetter has been recently rebuilt and a new headliner and windshield fitted.

The original interior is in very nice condition and all body panels are straight.

The car comes with the original window sticker and 1st owner papers.

This is a very nice, unique and stylish driver quality car that will surely make you stand out from the “normal” crowd.

This vehicle is located in the US and the price shown does not include any applicable GST or the costs of importing the vehicles into Australia. See our FAQ page for information relating to costs, taxes and regulations.

The price listed is in US$ but I can provide you with an all-inclusive “as landed” cost (in Au$ or NZ$) to have this Cougar imported to Fremantle or any other Port in Australia or New Zealand.

As always, I would ask if you can, please donate to CFWA.

Cystic Fibrosis WA

Until next time. Michael

email: truewestimports@gmail.com
Mobile: 0421 880 604
Fax: 08 9355 4465

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1960 Ford Falcon Ranchero – US$9,950

TrueWest Imports is pleased to offer for sale this classic 1960 Ford Falcon Ranchero – “More Than a Car! More Than a Truck!

1960 Ford Falcon Ranchero

This is not a 1960 Australian Ford XK ute. It is a Falcon Ranchero, the style which the Americans call a coupe-pickup.

1960 Ranchero Steering wheel 1960 Ranchero bed

Ford began offering the Ranchero in 1957, and at that point, it was a natural fit. It was based on the two-door Ranch Wagon and its solid-sided twin, the Courier sedan delivery (Panel van). At the time it made perfect sense to simply lop the back off the Courier and offer a car/truck for the farm or construction worker or the weekend warrior home improver. It was enough of a success that two years later, Chevrolet would offer the “El Camino”, its own blend of pickup utility and car ride quality.

The Ranchero was so popular that when Ford launched its Falcon line in 1960, one of the first body styles it offered was the downsized Falcon Ranchero, which superseded the larger full-size Ranchero of the previous generation. This was a stroke of genius. Consider the market in 1960; Facing an economic downturn, buyers were looking for thrifty, fuel-efficient cars and trucks.

A benefit that the Ranchero offers to owners, which is not available in Australian made utes, is that because it is based on a station wagon platform, there is a considerable amount of space behind the driver and passenger seats (which would have been the foot-well of the rear passengers in a station wagon).

Australia’s first Falcon ute and van range was launched in May 1961 which was about eight months after the XK sedan made its star-studded debut in September 1960 (the station wagon launch was delayed until November 1960).

Like the sedan and station wagon, the new ute and panel van shared a fresh and striking design based on the latest Ford Ranchero pickup (ute) and Sedan Delivery (van).

Even so, the Australian Falcon range differed noticeably from the US version, with a more compact and practical design tailored to suit tough Australian conditions.

The key difference was that the US Ranchero and Sedan Delivery used the longer doors of the two-door Falcon model, which in turn pushed more of the load floor behind the rear wheels to create greater overall length and more rear overhang.

The 1960 Ford Falcon Ranchero was more practical than its diminutive looks suggested. Its 800-pound payload was 100 pounds more than that of the much larger Chevrolet El Camino

Details:

This particular example of the 1960 Ranchero has been lovingly cared for by its current Owners for the last 18 years.  It is believed that the odometer is correct and shows the Ranchero as having travelled a mere 63,300 miles (approx. 102,000km) in almost 55 years.

This is a numbers matching vehicle with all original sheet metal.  It was mechanically and cosmetically refreshed in 2003 with new red paint professionally applied and all bright trim work removed. The Ranchero has travelled only 900 miles since the mechanical work was done.

The mechanical work included overhauling and/or replacing the radiator, oil pump, engine, spark plugs, oil pressure switch, thermostat, condenser, distributor cap, distributor rotor, spark plug wire set, new water pump and fuel filter pump, rebuild the carburettor, fuel sending unit and clean, repair and re-line the fuel tank.

The interior was redone in a grey fabric and is very clean with no visible blemishes but there are two control knobs missing on the temperature control unit.

The Ranchero is powered by the stock “Thrift Power” inline 6 cylinder 144 cu. in. (2.4L) engine (90hp) mated to a three-speed, column shifted manual transmission –  “3 on the tree”.

The vehicle has all service logs and its VIN is: OR275195292

(0) 1960
(R) San Jose
(27) Falcon Ranchero
(5) 6-cyl low compression,
6th to 11th digits – Sequential production number

This vehicle will certainly have people doing a “double take” and is really a classic vehicle at an amazingly great price.

This vehicle is located in the US and the price shown does not include any applicable GST or the costs of Importing the vehicles into Australia. See our FAQ page for information relating to costs, taxes and regulations.

The price listed is in US$ but I can provide you with an all-inclusive “as landed” cost (in Au$ or NZ$) to have this Ranchero imported to Fremantle or any other Port in Australia or New Zealand.

As always, I would ask if you can, please donate to CFWA.

Cystic Fibrosis WA

Until next time. Michael

email: truewestimports@gmail.com
Mobile: 0421 880 604
Fax: 08 9355 4465

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1963 Cadillac Fleetwood Coupe – US$28,900

TrueWest Imports is proud to have been given the opportunity to offer for sale this laser straight Arizona cruiser.

1963 Cadilliac Fleetwood Coupe

It is just an incredible example of the Cadillac marque.

It has received an absolutely professional restoration with some beautiful custom touches!

Details of 1963 Cadillac Fletwood custom pinstriping Details of 1963 Cadillac Fletwood custom pinstriping

It has been coated with new Ebony paintwork and all of the the bright work and stainless is all in “A One” condition.

It has a brand red new interior (check out the headliner as well).

1963 Cadillac Fleetwood interior Details of 1963 Cadillac Fletwood new headlining

The attention to detail is amazing –  from the Engine Compartment to the Trunk.

Details of 1963 Cadillac Fleetwood custom engine bay pinstriping 1963 Cadillac Fleetwood trunk detail

Powered by Cadillac’s own the 390 cu. in. (6.4L)  V8 with an automatic gearbox, this has all the power stuff one would expect in the top of the line Cadillac Fleetwood.

Custom 1963 Cadillac Fleetwood engine

1963 Cadillac Fleetwood Engine Bay 1963 Cadillac Fleetwood Engine Bay

This vehicle drives like an absolute dream and the air-conditioning is ice cold as well (as you would expect from an Arizona car).

This is a Great Investment!

And you certainly don’t have to be a rock star… just look like one! Rock Fingers

 

 

 

 

There are many more photographs of this beautiful vehicle available on request.

The price listed is in US$ but I can provide you with an all-inclusive “as landed” cost to have this  beautiful cruiser imported to Fremantle or any other Port in Australia or New Zealand.

This vehicle is located in the US and the price shown does not include any applicable GST or the costs of Importing the vehicles into Australia. See out FAQ page for information relating to costs, taxes and regulation.

Until next time.
Michael

email: info@truewestimports.com.au
Ph: 08 9458 9400
Fax: 08 9355 4465
Mob: 0421 880 604
From NZ: +61 421 880 604
NO TEXTS OR PRIVATE NUMBERS PLEASE!
***Private numbers WILL NOT be answered***

TrueWest Imports is now very proudly supporting Cystic Fibrosis WA. Part proceeds of all sales will be donated to CFWA. I encourage anyone who views this post to kindly make a donation. I greatly appreciate any assistance you may be able to give.

Cystic Fibrosis WA

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TrueWest Imports is a Proud Member of both GoodGuys Rod and Custom Association and SEMA.(Specialty Equipment Market Association)