61 Falcon Ranchero Leg Room Concern

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61 Falcon Ranchero Leg Room Concern

Post #1 by Harlon » Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:48 pm

Looking for advice.

I'm talking to someone about buying a 61 Ranchero. I'm concerned about whether or not I will fit in it. I'm 6'4" tall. I asked the owner but he is less than 6 foot and couldn't really give me a solid answer. Unfortunately the car is about 3 hours away so I'm trying to establish if I fit before I drive out to see it.

Can anyone on the forum share any technical or anecdotal knowledge that might help?
I fit well in a bucket seat 62 Falcon Coupe. I barely can bend myself into a 66 mustang.

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Re: 61 Falcon Ranchero Leg Room Concern

Post #2 by bubba22349 » Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:34 am

I am 6'3" and could fit in them with the seat slid all the way back I use to drag race a 64 Ranchero and used the Falcon car bucket seats in it. I do have a little shorter legs then many taller people though. Hope that helps you some, Good luck :nod:
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Re: 61 Falcon Ranchero Leg Room Concern

Post #3 by Harlon » Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:04 pm

bubba22349 wrote:I am 6'3" and could fit in them with the seat slid all the way back I use to drag race a 64 Ranchero and used the Falcon car bucket seats in it. I do have a little shorter legs then many taller people though. Hope that helps you some, Good luck :nod:


Thanks, I'm the same way. If my legs matched my torso I'd be like 6'8"

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Re: 61 Falcon Ranchero Leg Room Concern

Post #4 by bubba22349 » Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:05 am

LOL well it sounds like we have the same kind of build then, so it should work out well for your use. Good luck :nod:
A bad day Drag Racing is still better than a good day at work!

I am still hunting for a project car to build but with my current low budget it's not looking so good. My Ex- Fleet of Sixes these are all long gone! :bang: 1954 Customline 223 3 speed with O/D, 1963 Fairlane project drag car with BB6, 1977 Maverick 250 with C4, 1994 F-150 a 300 with 5 speed.

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Re: 61 Falcon Ranchero Leg Room Concern

Post #5 by Harlon » Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:48 pm

Unfortunately, I think it sold. Have to wait for the next one.

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Re: 61 Falcon Ranchero Leg Room Concern

Post #6 by StarDiero75 » Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:34 am

Howdy,

I have a 65 Ranchero and im 6'4" and fit in it fine. Its slightly uncomfortable getting in and out since the seat should have been designed to go further back another 2". But theres plenty of room besides that. I also wear cowboy boots so that could be what make s it slightly harder to get out.

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Re: 61 Falcon Ranchero Leg Room Concern

Post #7 by rickwrench » Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:34 pm

I've seen a few that have had the rear shelf removed or trimmed back significantly (and edge bent safely down). The seat rails can then be relocated back several more inches, giving you about 6" of extra leg room. You lose space for the full size spare tire, so you'll need a "space saver" spare.
There has been some debate on whether the shelf is an important structural member. If it actually is, welding in a section of steel tube on the back wall should pick up any possible resulting flex.
But if I were doing it (I'm 6'4" as well), I wouldn't bother.

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Re: 61 Falcon Ranchero Leg Room Concern

Post #8 by StarDiero75 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:25 pm

rickwrench wrote:I've seen a few that have had the rear shelf removed or trimmed back significantly (and edge bent safely down). The seat rails can then be relocated back several more inches, giving you about 6" of extra leg room. You lose space for the full size spare tire, so you'll need a "space saver" spare.
There has been some debate on whether the shelf is an important structural member. If it actually is, welding in a section of steel tube on the back wall should pick up any possible resulting flex.
But if I were doing it (I'm 6'4" as well), I wouldn't bother.

Rick(wrench)

Thats not a bad idea man. I probably wont go cutting and stuff, and i like the full size spare.

I will look into moving the seat back the extra inch or so just so my knee doesnt hit the shift lever (its a manual). My dad thinks i have another 2 inches left between the shelf and the seat so we'll try that first.

Why is there a shelf there? What was its intended purpose?

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Ryan
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--1961 Studebaker Lark VI, OHV 170 l6 in the process of being resurrected. But it lives
--Creator of the only Weber 32/36 conversion video.

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