John Brown SuperDork
Oct. 21, 2009 4:41 p.m.

http://www.autoblog.com/2009/10/21/ebay-find-of-the-day-1987-ford-rancherostar/

The last time that we spotted today's eBay find of the day, it was cruising along Woodward Ave in Birmingham, MI this past summer. The RancheroStar immediately caught our attention, but evidently the For Sale sign in the window didn't catch enough eyeballs from onlookers. Thus we now find it again. According to its eBay listing, the creator of this minivan-trucklet died before completing the project, although he apparently had some pretty serious plans for it going forward. The truncated 1987 Ford Aerostar currently has its stock front V6, rear-wheel drive (not front-wheel drive as in the listing) configuration, but the deceased creator had plans to eventually replace it with a mid-mounted 460 cubic-inch V8. Apparently, the bodywork as it stands today is all metal, with no fiberglass or dreaded Bondo. From what we saw briefly at Woodward, the vehicle seems to be well executed for as far as it got. If you are interested in an oddball project to complete, this one might be worth checking out. At this point, there aren't any bids, so you might get a good deal. If you do pick it up and complete it or at least paint it, let us know and it could get an Autoblog follow-up. Thanks to Scott for the tip!
JThw8 SuperDork
Oct. 21, 2009 7:34 p.m.

I find this oddly intriguing....

maroon92 SuperDork
Oct. 21, 2009 7:40 p.m.

I like it.

(of course I would)

Toyman01 HalfDork
Oct. 21, 2009 8:10 p.m.

I do believe he was a man before his time. It has a kind of modern look to it. That and the ultra cool Lotus paint.

I'd drive it just because it's different.

evildky Dork
Oct. 21, 2009 9:33 p.m.

it's beuatiful, yet hideous

Appleseed Dork
Oct. 21, 2009 9:38 p.m.

I wouldn't kick it out of bed for farting.

alex Dork
Oct. 21, 2009 9:46 p.m.

If I still had an A-star, I would do that. I still badly want to lift an AWD 'Star in the most ghetto way possible. Should've kept mine. If only the transmissions weren't made of unicorn eggs...

mad_machine SuperDork
Oct. 21, 2009 9:54 p.m.

I always liked the aerostar... that is just tasty. I especially like how he recycled the hatch

CLNSC3 New Reader
Oct. 22, 2009 2:07 a.m.

Hahaha that thing cracks me up

914Driver SuperDork
Oct. 22, 2009 5:55 a.m.

Why can't I look away?

Grtechguy SuperDork
Oct. 22, 2009 7:32 a.m.

I kinda like it.....

alfadriver HalfDork
Oct. 22, 2009 7:42 a.m.
914Driver wrote: Why can't I look away?

Thoughts of what might have been? Or what can be?

Careful- the last time you did something like that, well, it's still pretty famous.

E-

Jensenman SuperDork
Oct. 22, 2009 8:32 a.m.

:puke: Per, we need a barf or puke emoticon.

914Driver SuperDork
Oct. 22, 2009 8:49 a.m.
alfadriver wrote:
914Driver wrote: Why can't I look away?

Thoughts of what might have been? Or what can be?

Careful- the last time you did something like that, well, it's still pretty famous.

E-

Famous for failing? Watch this:

HO305 4 speed Corvair wagon

Caddy powered Geo Metro

Chopsickle.

Professor Snape says fame is not everything, believe it.

Dan

John Brown SuperDork
Oct. 22, 2009 8:50 a.m.

Mofo exits topic

alfadriver HalfDork
Oct. 22, 2009 8:52 a.m.
914Driver wrote: Famous for failing? Watch this: HO305 4 speed Corvair wagon Caddy powered Geo Metro Chopsickle. Professor Snape says fame is not everything, believe it. Dan

Failing? Who said anything about failing? I was more worried about the sudden oxidation event that almost happened to you.

But, IMHO, the van was far from a failure.

E-

belteshazzar SuperDork
Oct. 22, 2009 8:52 a.m.

there's one just like this that drives around where I live.

additionally, I executed the same concept back in college on a 5 door rabbit diesel somebody gave me.

poopshovel SuperDork
Oct. 22, 2009 9:09 a.m.

Joe Gearin Associate Publisher
Oct. 22, 2009 9:37 a.m.

One more example of how Moon Disks make everything cooler!

mad_machine SuperDork
Oct. 22, 2009 9:46 a.m.

Needs Box flares now?

Tetzuoe Reader
Oct. 22, 2009 10:00 a.m.

In reply to mad_machine:

yes, a thousand times yes.

aussiesmg SuperDork
Oct. 22, 2009 12:10 p.m.

hmmm 460 power, i have to wonder if there is a trailer hitch on the bed. Now that is a challenge worthy hauler

jwdmotorsports HalfDork
Oct. 22, 2009 2:08 p.m.
aussiesmg wrote: Now that is a challenge worthy hauler

I'd totally run that as the challenge car.

ultraclyde Reader
Oct. 22, 2009 3:11 p.m.

Hey, the sheet metal looks well done, lines are clean. love the half-hatch....Yeah, I'd drive that. It would rock with enough power for a fifth wheel hitch but I think that's a pipe dream. //searches for pipe//

My dad had an aerostar and always talked about transplanting the old ess aych oh engine....I wonder if that's even possible...

John Brown SuperDork
Oct. 22, 2009 3:23 p.m.

Supercoupe is easier than the ess aych oh engine.

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