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Outside of Red putting his awesome Scatback on the market again it has been pretty quiet in here. Must be the weather as all the birds are hibernating in their roost awaiting Spring. My Falcon has been parked, last I fired it up was about a month ago. It has been cold as the dickens her in Sunny Southern California in addition I have no heater in my car. Burrrr. I do hope to get on with Dyno Matting the interior soon and getting on with new carpet, headliner and upholstery. One dime at a time.
What are all of you other Falconers up to for the winter interim of Falcon projects?
Here is a link for you all to enjoy if you have not been to this site already as you are all sipping Coco late at night by the fire.
http://www.westcoastfalcons.com/scff/history.htm
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Hey all, probably a kind of wierd intro to myself, but hopefully here in the next week or 2, I will be purchaseing a Falcon. A 69 Falcon Futura to be exact. It is a 6 cyl car with factory AC. It needs a complete resto, some rust ( not much), but complete, and straight, and I'm getting it for 400 bucks from an Uncle about 100 miles south of me.

Till now I've been into modern cars, but I've always loved old iron, and have been looking on and off for a project car for a while. I think I've found it, although I've only seen pics on his digital camera so far, I will go down to see it either this weekend or the next. Soon after that I will know if I'm bringing it home. (most likely yes)

So hopefully this winter I will be grinding off surface rust, pulling apart the interior, and tracking down parts. So far this winter has been record hot , like last week people were jogging in shorts and leaveing their coats at home. Very strange for the East coast.

Well, nice to meet ya all, I hope to learn much in a short time.
 

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Interesting link to some good Falcon info Ras. I have been doing some work to your 64's sister this winter. I say sister because when I first saw the pic of your yellow bird I had to take a second look because I thought it was mine. I did some major upgrades to the motor, and charging system. Been gathering up some bits and pieces to finish the interior and exterior trim. Finally got around to installing the front door panels. Had them for a year now. New door handles and window cranks along with new arm rest. Insulated the doors. I used a bubble pack material sandwiched in foil. I use it in my work for installation. Its about a 1/4 inch thick and weighs nothing but has an R-value of 19 when applied correctly and is an excellent sound barrier. No more rattles or tinny sound when you close the door. Reworked the rear valance. Stripped it and buffed it, painted all those narrow black stripes and then clear coated it. Installed the grill, it was new in the box when I got the car. About the only thing that was worth a darn out of the whole lot. I was almost afraid to install it for fear of damaging it. Bumpers and new skins and a front end alignment and I'll be ready to cruise.

Welcome Iceman, good luck with your new Falcon. There are quiet a few late models on the forums. I'm sure you will receive much help. As far as working on these cars, they're all the same whether they be Falcons, Mustangs, Comets, Fairlanes, etc.
 

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On the 65,
I just added a windage tray,
tried to fix my rear main leak (attempt #2 shortly),
performed the elusive shelby drop,
put in a new ford racing timing chain (trying it at 2 degrees advance),
installed a new Carter fuel pump (old one gave up the ghost),
refinished my radio delete plate I picked up at the nationals

On the 63,
I am installing 3 point sea belts,
New heater core,
fixing a front seal leak

It is cold in OK with lots o ice on the ground.....
 

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8 point Roll bar, new engine, fresh trans, subframe connectors. Just little stuff.
 

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Nothing. I got it all fixed up after I got rear ended back in August (actually the shop fixed it). Right now its parked for the winter at my parents place. I'm at university, about 500 km away. Over Christmas break I helped my brother put a 318 Magnum EFI and trans in his 75 Dart. That was fun.

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I am putting a T-5 in my 63. (mustang tail shaft), I got my clutch cable from modern driveline yesterday. Now I just need to get up the nerve to get that saw-zall out and cut that crossmember, so I can make a new one.
Hey BRDVPRA is that a 63 hardtop your putting those seat belts in?
 

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Welcome to Iceman 12, looking forward to seeing pic's and what you do with your '69 Falcon.

Rick, where is World of Wheels being held this year?

retyler, seeing another Falcon the same color is kind of trippy huh? There use to be one here in San Diego a bit south from me that use to get mistaken for mine a lot. It was almost the very same color. Last I saw it was on Ebay about 2.5 years ago...wish I could have scored it.
That web site has gotten better since last I was there. They have added a lot more images and history. That concept Falcon that they had was pretty freaky looking looked like a cross between a T-bird and the Bat mobile. And I never knew that the Mustang was referred to as the "Special Falcon" during its conception. Interesting stuff.

Tri-power heads on I6's, Shelby drop conversions, Roll bars/Subframes, T-5 Conversions all sounds like Falcon good times!

Hey Falcon Eddie, I used a little cheap-o Ryobi 4" hand held angle grinder. Paid like 30.00 for it from the Home Depot and it was one of my best tool purchases for 2005. I got crazy with that thing and cut out everything from my export braces, opening in radiator support, hole in the trans tunnel for the T-5 and the support with great accuracy. I think it is an easier tool to maneuver than a sawzall or a jig saw but then if I did not have it a sawzall would be a close second.
I also found that the entire brace does not have to be removed to get that trans in there. I removed the rear section only and left the integrity of what was left. If you rebuild or relocate the existing I'm sure every one would like to see what you do with it.

Hey Gary, your sig pic is not posting, miss seeing that red Comet, glad to hear you got it straightened out after the mishap.

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Ras Daniel
 

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I guess my picture wasn't showing up because they closed my village photos account.

I do have some spring/summer projects that I might be able to do. Number one is replacing the blower motor and fixing up the heater box and stuff. Someday soon I probably should replace the floor pans (before I get a roadside inspection). I'll probably do subframe connectors at the same time. However, I doubt I'll get to that this spring.

Of course theres all the little things that should be done:
-headliner is starting to come down
-cold air intake tubes
-buff the paint
-polish the windshield
-fix/replace the grill
-straighten the sheet metal behind the passenger side headlights from a previous accident
-among others

By the way Ras, congratulations on having your car featured on the front page.


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302 roller block 0.030 over, '70 351W heads, HO cam, Hedmans, Ford 4 bbl intake, Holley 570 cfm, AOD w/3K Stall, 8" w/3.08 open

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On 2007-01-19 10:18, Crazy_garry wrote:
I guess my picture wasn't showing up because they closed my village photos account.

I do have some spring/summer projects that I might be able to do. Number one is replacing the blower motor and fixing up the heater box and stuff. Someday soon I probably should replace the floor pans (before I get a roadside inspection). I'll probably do subframe connectors at the same time. However, I doubt I'll get to that this spring.

Of course theres all the little things that should be done:
-headliner is starting to come down
-cold air intake tubes
-buff the paint
-polish the windshield
-fix/replace the grill
-straighten the sheet metal behind the passenger side headlights from a previous accident
-among others

By the way Ras, congratulations on having your car featured on the front page.


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1964 Mercury Comet Caliente 2dr hardtop

302 roller block 0.030 over, '70 351W heads, HO cam, Hedmans, Ford 4 bbl intake, Holley 570 cfm, AOD w/3K Stall, 8" w/3.08 open

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Thanks Gary, you may be the first to have noticed it. I did get a few PMs from a few people here asking a few questions about it but have had never seen them posting here before or since?
You guys still do roadside inspections in Canada? We use to get them often here in California back in the '70's. My Falcon actually still has a California Highway Patrol decal in the window. I pride that sticker as much as I do my original black California plates.
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Hey Ras , How much of that shifter plate that bolts on to the trans comes through the floor? I thought i would have to cut a 3"x4" hole so that the shifter and mounting plate would come through the floor. that would take out the whole top of the crossmember.

Thanks Dave.
 

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Yeah, I guess we still have them here. I've never seen one, but my brother got busted in his 75 Dart. His floor pans were rusted out and just had patches, so they made him fix them. Mine are just patched right now also. Right now in the province I'm living in (Saskatchewan) you're not required to have older cars safety inspected. Next door, in Alberta, cars older than 10 years need regular safety inspections. And, odds are, after university, I'm moving to Alberta, so I'm thinking I should get my car up to spec.
 

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Finish the interior tin work and rear firewall, install driveline loop, install 5 pt harness, finish the cage, and finish sanding and flat-blacking. Oh, and re-do my plexi side windows 'cause I'm a klutz & cracked all four in install. At least now I have patterns for them.

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On 2007-01-19 13:05, falconeddie wrote:
Hey Ras , How much of that shifter plate that bolts on to the trans comes through the floor? I thought i would have to cut a 3"x4" hole so that the shifter and mounting plate would come through the floor. that would take out the whole top of the crossmember.

Thanks Dave.
Dave, I will post a reply in your original post "crossmember help"
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As soon as this deep freeze is gone and I can work out in the barn I have a 1968 302 ready to put back together for the 63 Falcon. Replacing the 6 stick with it and a C4. still need to get a 5 lug rear axle when I can get to cruise over to the junk yard.
 

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I am working on getting the TKO Tremec 5 speed fixed in my 64 prostreet Comet and also getting the 64 404 wagon done for my wife and my growing family . I should be ready for Fords at Carlisle this year . Is there anyone on here that goes to the Carlisle show?
 

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On 2007-01-19 13:05, falconeddie wrote:
Hey Ras , How much of that shifter plate that bolts on to the trans comes through the floor? I thought i would have to cut a 3"x4" hole so that the shifter and mounting plate would come through the floor. that would take out the whole top of the crossmember.

Thanks Dave.
There are a few factors to consider. When I first did my T5 install I only cut a small hole so the shifter and boot would clear and I only had to cut a very small portion of the support. After fabricating the cross member and installing the drive shaft I decided I didn't like the idea of having to drop the tranny to swap out the shifter so I cut out enough for the shifter cover plate to be accessible and removable. This raised the tranny so the shifter cover is even with the sheet metal of the hump and I like the angle of the motor and tranny a lot better since doing it. I think the pinion angle would have been ok either way. Like Ras, I didn't have to cut the entire cross member, only the back portion. I was a little apprehensive at first. Had visions of my car collapsing but that hasn't happened and probably never will. I think the main purpose of that cross member is to support the transmission and not the car itself. Some who have done this conversion have fabricated a cross member to extend to the frame rails. Others have moved the original cross member forward to clear the tranny. I'm going with the frame rail method
and marry it to the transmission crossmember, someday.

Another note: I bolted the transmission to the motor and jacked it up close to the floor and marked where I needed to cut. Saved from going to big or having to re-cut the hump which is never fun. Mark it and drill a hole at the four corners and cut from above.
 

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Thanks!
Ras and retyler for the pictures and the tips. got the hole and crossmember cut (only part of it like you both said) over the weekend while watching DA BEARS play. now just have to design a new crossmember. Any tips? Also will the yoke from the C-4 work on the T-5?.

Thanks again Dave.
 
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