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Gary Johnson combined parts from a 1957 and a 1958 Ford Ranch Wagon to create his one-of-a-kind two-door hauler, which son Tony finished off in a beautiful Cyber Green/Ice White paint scheme. The side trim was donated by a '57 Ranchero.
The 1958 Ford hood was a perfect fit on the '57 Ranch Wagon, giving it a distinctive look with its hood bulge and front `scoop.'
The rear of the Ranch Wagon, accessed by means of a clamshell tailgate arrangement, provides plenty of storage for long road trips.
The 5-speed Mustang transmission, combined with the warmed-up 302 Ford V-8, allows Johnson and his wife Dana to cruise along at highway speeds with the engine turning only 1,900 rpm.
A wood-rimmed Grant custom steering wheel seemed to fit in a Ranch Wagon, says the owner, who also built the custom aluminum dash insert, which he filled with all-electric Omega gauges.
A set of bucket seats were borrowed from a late 1990s Pontiac, with the driver's seat being a power-operated unit. Johnny Torres reupholstered the original fold-down rear seat in charcoal Ultra Leather to match the front buckets.
Gary Johnson built his own center console to house the 5-speed shifter and sound system, as well as the wooden cupholders.
The Ranch Wagon's profile was lowered front and rear, with American Racing Torque Thrust II wheels used, mounting Hankook tires, 205/65/15's in front and 205/75/15's in the rear.
The rear fins and trademark round Ford tail light bezels were blended smoothly into the fenders and all of the body seams filled by Tony Johnson.
A Ford powered by a Ferrari engine? Not quite. Johnson loves a good practical joke and when a friend offered to create a custom set of valve covers for his Ranch Wagon, he chose the Ferrari script. The 302 cubic inch engine was completely rebuilt and now rides on '55 Ford pickup motor mounts.
To get rid of the `frog eye' effect of the factory '57 headlights, the headlight bezels were trimmed off and the headlight recessed into the front fenders using '55 Ford pickup surrounds.
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