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1960's Ford Falcons

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  • crosley4crosley4 Posts: 295
    There is a fair amount of room in the Lancer.


    I installed a custom crossmember with Mustang II suspension into the Dodge.


    I used parts that I had around the house for the build up of the Lancer.


    My web site is a bit outdated but here it is:

     

    http://www.geocities.com/crosley_az/lancer.htm


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  • carnut4carnut4 Posts: 574
    Interesting website and pictures.
    My Dad had two '48 Crosley wagons-the first he bought for $40-the second, better one for $100.
    This was in 1957-58. These both had the cast iron blocks-not the laminated ones.
    I remember helping him remove the engine from the first one-after everything was unbolted, he just stepped inside the engine bay and lifted it out!
    Interesting engine, that was used in many different applications.
    Always interesting to see different stuff!
  • crosley4crosley4 Posts: 295
    I figure I should post a photo of my Falcon.


    1962 model. Good running 170, 3 speed. I have a found a 78 200 and C-4 tranny for it.


    Little rust (6 x 9 hole) in the front floors


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  • grbeckgrbeck Posts: 2,361
    That photo brings back memories! When I was a kid my grandmother had a black 1962 four-door sedan...her car had the wheel covers with the holes around the perimeter. The front suspension always squeaked, which, as I recall, was common with early 1960s Falcons.

    She drove it until early 1969, when she was rear-ended by a late 1960s Chrysler in a chain-reaction collision. The collision damaged the gas tank (it was leaking), so she bought a 1966 Dodge Dart 270 sedan.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,986
    I've been trying to dig up the story of the Ford Falcon teamed that raced in the Monte Carlo Rallye, It was a good effort but unfortunately the great power advantage of the Sprints was offset by the brakes on the cars and the fuel economy issues as I recall. I don't remember exactly why they failed but I do recall they were doing quite well for a while there.

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  • bretfrazbretfraz Posts: 2,021
    http://www.westcoastfalcons.com/scff/history.htm


    IIRC, there was an episode of "Legends of Motorsport" describing one of the MC Rallies showcasing the Falcon effort. Gotta tape that show one day........

  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,963
    I got my license at 15 in 1965 and that's so long ago it's hard to keep track of the family vehicles back then. My father traded his '53 Buick for a Valiant in the early 60's. The Valiant threw a rod in front of a little Ford dealership on the way to the fish camp and he got a 2 door Falcon. I think it was a '63 or '64, but it didn't look near as good as the ones pictured in here.


    What I mostly remember about the Falcon (other than it was pretty gutless) was getting it stuck on the railroad track off some farm road. I managed to jack it up and push it off the jack a couple of times and got back on the blacktop 20 minutes before the Memphis freight passed. I'm not sure if anyone in the family would've minded it getting smashed.




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  • argentargent Posts: 176
    The LA-series 273 probably weighed about 525 lbs., I'd guess The similar 340 engine, introduced for '68, was quoted as 539 lbs. with a single four-barrel carburetor. The LA series 318, added in '67, was about the same, maybe a bit lighter (less beefy casting, lighter crank). The earlier A-series 318, introduced in '56 as a polyspherical head on the smaller original Hemi block, was not a thinwall casting, and weighed about 55 lbs. more. At one point around '65 or so Chrysler was planning to discontinue the 318 entirely, leaving the 273 as the economy engine and the B engines (361/383/413/426/440) as the step-ups, but I think they decided the 273 didn't have enough torque for the bigger intermediates and standards, so they upgraded the 318 instead.
  • dirt41dirt41 Posts: 1
    Hi all...looking for a repair manual for a 1966 Ford Falcon. Does anybody know where I can get one (and not on CD)?
    Thanks
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,150
    eBay, maybe? I'm sure that something like this would probably pop up at a large swap meet, like the events they have in Carlisle, PA. I'm sure there are plenty of on-line vendors that carry that type of stuff too.

    Maybe try going to www.google.com and searching for "1966 Ford Falcon Repair Manual" or something like that? Might return some useable hits.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,986
    yeah, eBay definitely.

    Also go to www.hemmings.com and check classifieds under (I think) literature. There are certainly dealers around the country who have this manual.

    Last resort--find a Ford or Falcon club...these clubs often reprint factory manuals if there is enough demand. You can also find these clubs through hemmings.com or google.

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,986
    Hi and welcome to the forums!

    Best thing to do here is start your own page on Edmunds' www.carspace.com and show your great little car there. We generally don't allow private phone #s to be posted here since we can't verify them.

    Good luck with the sale,

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  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,946
    Where are you?

    Talk about unique! I see it has the amber turn signal lenses out of a 1963.
  • i live in mineral wells texas and the turn signals are original to the car..... :shades:
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,946
    Well, I beg to differ.

    Amber turn signal lenses came out in 1963. A lot of people switched lenses however.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,150
    I never noticed the difference in turn signal lenses before. Is it possible that the amber lenses was a mid-year change?

    I just noticed something kinda interesting, that I never noticed before. It looks like the turn signal lenses on MOST cars are actually clear, just with an amber bulb. I never really noticed that before. Now side marker lights have amber lenses (at the front at least, but red on the rear quarter panel), but the turn signals on the front of the car are actually clear.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,946
    1963 was the year they went to amber lenses although just a few cars used clear lenses and amber bulbs back then.

    I'm thinking, that Falcon would make a FINE addition to your fleet! :)
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,150
    Were those amber lenses a short-lived trend from around 1963, then? My '67 Catalina has clear turn signal lenses, as does my '68 Dart. Even newer cars like my '76 LeMans, '79 NYer, and even '85 Silverado have clear lenses with the amber bulb. On my Intrepid it's just one big combination unit, with the turn signal bulb itself being amber, but then the outer part of the headlight unit having reflective amber on it to pass off as the side market.

    I think my '69 Bonneville might have had amber lenses though.

    That Falcon's cute, but too small for my tastes. Plus, I've always been afraid of them because of those "drop in" gas tanks.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,207
    Hmmm! My 1968 Buick Special Deluxe had the clear lenses with an amber bulb. My 1988 Buick Park Avenue is also configured this way.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,946
    Amber lenses or amber bulbs.
  • ok i beg to differ...if you remember back in the day if you could not tell the year of the car just by looking at it or you were not sure... thats when you look at the tail light or turn signal lens and it would give you the year. gee my len's are dated '62...front turn signal lens and rear tail lights....
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,946
    Was not always accurate.

    1962 falcons came with clear lenses from the factory but a lot of people switched them out. They were probably MADE in 1962 however, hence the date.
  • okko1okko1 Posts: 327
    i have'nt thought about the old ford for years that's what i love about this carspace factory 289 hp 4 speed car roll and pleat interior all factory weak point rearend 14in.75 series tires was the best you could do without old school shackles haha wicked 2nd gear will post photo
  • i have a 1962 ford falcon 4 door sedan...daiy driver 2 speed fordomatic 2.8 liter 170 cu. in. special for sale....am located in dallas area i am currently replacing fuel pump and have replaced carb, solenoid, voltage reg., also adjusted brakes and recently regreased circs. coil and fuel filter replaced (inline and carb filter) whole engine rebuilt about 6 six years ago...due to some family trouble i am forced to sell looking for $5000 i would say interior 8 out of 10 (original) engine, trans and structure is about 7 out of 10 and improving and body is also about an 8 out of 10...the body is solid small rust bubbles and the paint is scratched around places its enamel rust oleum i believe nothing wrong with it but its always better if interested please reply....we will go from there
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,986
    Hi and welcome to the Forums.

    We don't allow classifieds ads in our Forums, so I'd suggest that you try one of our partners like www.autotrader.com. I believe they have a special 'classic' car section. Also your local Dallas craigslist would be a good place to advertise.

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  • I still own my 63 Ford Falcon Futura. It was the first car I actually purchased myself when I was 17. It is not currently running because I took out the gas tank and never finished that project. Need to re-line original one or purchase the newer plastic-type. It is a 4-speed shift on the floor. Also, a convertible. No restoration work has ever been done on the body. Only a new top years ago and a few lousy paint jobs even longer ago. Hoping to get inerested in working on it one day - busy taking care of aging mom on weekends and working two day-time jobs many days. Some day it will get some attention. Garage kept. Not parting with it. Too cute. Bought it in 1970 - it had 93,000 miles when I purchased it. Car lives in northern Delaware in a garage - taking up space!
  • texasestexases Posts: 5,695
    Does it have the 170 cid with the Dagenham tranny?
  • Wish I knew more about it. The transmission is original - I do know that. And very sloppy. When I did drive it a few years back, occasionally, it would get stuck in gear, the gearshift lever would come away from (where it was supposed to be!), and it took a while to get it straightened out. Would like to know how to know what kind of transmission it does have. I am not a mechanic, however, I do lots of mechanical work on my cars - and some on that one - with help of a friend (both of us do-it-your-selfers - self taught). The engine block was replaced in the 80's - and unfortunately I did not save the original - at the time I did not know how important that would be one day to have. Am so sorry I did not know better at the time. I think the engine was referred to as a 165 or 265 something. Can't remember. Would have to talk to friend (sleeping now). I think I looked up some information long time ago that said that about 500 cars were made like mine. Can't remember where I even got that info and whether or not it is actual. Maybe something on the door panel. I do have the actual manual that came with it - that was pretty cool that I did not lose track of that.
  • texasestexases Posts: 5,695
    Sounds like a fun car. I had a '65 Mustang with a 170 6-cyl and the 4-sp. Is yours a 6-cly or v-8?
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