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"Family Hauler" '69 Falcon wagon

1969 Ford Falcon - Reciprocity = Velocity - Popular Hot Rodding Magazine

UPDATE #1: MAGAZINE!!! The February 2010 issue of Popular HotRodding (on the stands in December 2009) will have a feature on our wagon!

UPDATE #2: Car is ALMOST "done". It is TOTALLY driveable and just had it's fourth trip to the track. On this 4th trip, the FIRST pass was 11.51 @ 117.33 - just as the way it was driven to the track, didn't even alter the air pressure on the rear tires. The track officials took me to the side, and warned me to go slower until I got a rollbar installed, or I'd be kicked off. Made a few more runs, where I got on the brakes after the 1000' lights, running 11.80's at 88mph :-)

If I had been able to make full passes, it probably would have been into the 11.3's. A few more changes (I knocked .05 off the 1/8, and the clutch locked up early and actually bogged the motor on the .51 pass), 2 or 3 more trips to the track, and I think this project will be "complete". I need to get it faster than my previous car, first, though (mentioned below)

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This is to be a true street/strip car, and may possibly run the Texas Mile as well. My last car used only pump premium, was driven to/from the track on DOT radials, and ran 11.2's at nearly 120mph on all motor - this car is being built to be quicker/faster and more streetable than the previous.

Actually, I'm building it so that my wife (60# lighter than me...) will be able to drive it at the track!

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Hand prepped and home TBC coated Probe pistons
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Custom ground (to my specs, see what happens!) Bullet solid roller cam.

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Probe shaft mount 1.7's, AFR 225's, Nextek springs, Ti retainers, Endurex lifters.... You can't see the Eagle forged H-beams and stroker crank - 425 inches now.


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Motor "in" the car, but still ALOT of wiring, detailing, and other things to do....

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The Jay Broader built, Baumannator controlled 4R70W, with custom billet 3500 stall lock-up converter, hooked to the 425" 351W, before installation.

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I say SCHWING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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What part of Texas?

There is a fine line between a hobby.... and mental illness.

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Re: "Family Hauler" '69 Falcon wagon

Love this project. I would love to do a wagon after I'm done with my stang. Got anymore pics of the car?
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What part of Texas?
Me, or the race? I'm in Seabrook (close to where Hurricane Ike hit) and the race is in Goliad.

Here is another pic of the wagon, from right before I started the current project on it.

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1/2" and -8 fuel line, Mallory 140 pump, etc.


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Damn.... that motor is a beast.... Any idea on the #'s?

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So nice! Love wagons, especially tricked-out ones. More pix, please!

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Damn.... that motor is a beast.... Any idea on the #'s?
I really hate to make predictions! I did not build this motor for max hp, rather to make the most average tq/hp over a powerband of roughly 3500 to 6500 rpm. Most people would have used a larger cam, but everyone thought my previous car was undercammed as well.

My last car had a race weight just under 3500, and ran a best of 11.27 @ 119.6, all motor, on DOTs, driven to/from track. My goal is for this car to be even more streetable (with the OD tranny w/lock-up converter), and be quicker than the previous.

I have not scaled the wagon yet, but hope the race weights will be similar. The previous car had a few more cubic inches (469 vs. 425). But this one has better heads (MUCH more flow, and better chambers), more compression ratio (10.8 vs. 9.9), and a better cam (solid roller vs. solid flat). Piston design is also better and lighter, along with the connecting rods. The trans has a lower 1st gear, and a bit more stall speed. Suspension should be better on this car was well (Calvert split-leaf springs and Cal-track bars, vs stock springs and SSM bars).

The complete valvetrain on this motor is WAY better than what I previously had, too.

I'm waiting on Baumann to get back with me on the tranny's computer, it only wanted to shift between 1st and 2nd. Once that is figured out, I'll get the car to my local exhaust guru, then I'll be able to put some miles on it! I'm hoping to have it to the track by the end of March.

I'll get some more pics of the car itself once I get it on the road and cleaned up a bit more. I've got plenty of pics of the various projects (hood scoop install, dash mods for the gauges, engine assembly, etc. if anyone is interested).

Thanks for the comments!
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Custom ground (to my specs, see what happens!) Bullet solid roller cam.

This looks like a Chevy cam.
Am I wrong?
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