Nissan Powered Falcon Ranchero at Bonneville Speed Week 2012

Nissan Z-powered Land Speed Racing Falcon Ranchero

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So I’m riding by on the XR70 bike my buddy Erock loaned to me (a sight to see with my long lanky frame) and I see this wicked looking Ford Falcon Ranchero.


Anyone following this site knows I’m partial to the round bodied Falcons… so much so I’m building a 1963 Falcon Wagon myself. It’s your typical summer remake that’s taken 4 years so far. Anyways, that’s another story.


As I walked up on this bad little pickup, I saw only one valve cover poking up… I thought, SWEET! He’s running a Ford six just like me. To my surprise, Alan Morris out of Montrose, CO chose a 1980 Nissan 280Z motor to chase the F/CFALT record of 165.224 held by the Cohn Jucewic Monza.


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I was surprised because in addition to being the owner/editor/janitor of, I’m also a test engineer for Nissan. One of my favorite Fords combined with different and unexpected powerplant that’s also from the folks who pay my mortgage… win, win, WIN!


The sixer runs a healthy 14:1 compression and triple Mikuni carbs. The well 280Z versed among you will say, “The 1980 280 motor was fuel injected!” You’d be right, but to stay legal in the ALT class, Alan has to run carbs. It looks awesome this way!


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Just a little tin-work helps keep this Ranchero on the straight and narrow. (OK alot of tin work!)


Coolest thing is… Alan owns another early 60’s Ranchero, painted just like this one but with a C4 automatic and a small block Ford. I’m trying to get pictures of the matching street car and some of this car on the salt. Anyone grab a good photo they can share?


Thanks for very cool car!


For more Falcon fun, check out Pikesan’s project: 1963 Ford Falcon Wagon Build


If you’re looking for more great Bonneville Race Cars, check out these stories: see Bonneville Baddest Race Cars

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