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Four door 65 falcon futura, 200ci with 35k original miles. My grandfather had the car parked for a little over 15 years but nothing got drained as far as the fluids go. I?ve been searching around for awhile and haven?t come across anyone putting something like a 351 in one( in the two doors yes). I know the four doors aren?t as desirable or as good looking as a two door, but Ive always thought it?d be sweet to drop something big in it. Obviously I?d never get my money back out of it if I ever was forced to sell it, but I still think it would be cool.

My question is with the six cylinders cars, is everything weaker as far as frame as body? I know motor mounts and suspension would have to be upgraded along with rearend but would I have to have supports welded in to keep the frame from twisting under that much more power? This isn?t something that?s going to happen tomorrow, however I?d like to do my research well ahead of time. Should I just rebuild the 200ci and keep it original?
 

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Some points to consider, my two cents:

  • It's your car and money, so do what you want with it.
  • Instead of looking for how much the car's resale value is, look at it as a cost/ month for your entertainment. More like boat owners view it.
  • The trend today seems to be customization, so there's that.
  • Four door classics are also coming of age, as we are into multiple decades now of very few modern cars as two doors now. Plus all the old two doors have been scoffed up. Even wagons are being restored now.
  • I met a guy a few months back who is daily driving/ restoring a classic four door Nova. The windshield is cracked and he can't find a new one, because the car is 1" wider than the two door version.
 

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you'll never get your money back out of any of these, regardless of how many doors it has.

i love 4-doors and *especially* wagons.
give it some TLC and drive it.
if its not fast enough, then think about swaps.

also- if you are in the Tarheel state, and you remove a 35k-mile 200...call me and i'll come get it.
 

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If it were me, I would leave it stock. Just take care of any mechanical problems, get the interior done, and a Macao paint job. Keep the budget under $5000 and you might even get your money back when you sell it.

These old 6 cyl cars are a lot of fun. It's like driving a piece of history, especially if it's your grandad's car.

If you want something fast, start with a Mustang, Galaxy, or something along those lines.
 

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If it were me, I would leave it stock. Just take care of any mechanical problems, get the interior done, and a Macao paint job. Keep the budget under $5000 and you might even get your money back when you sell it.

These old 6 cyl cars are a lot of fun. It's like driving a piece of history, especially if it's your grandad's car.

If you want something fast, start with a Mustang, Galaxy, or something along those lines.
I agree with that approach.

Driving a survivor is great!
 
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