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Old Today, 12:31 AM   #1
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1962 Falcon Build thread

Here we have one basic 1962 Falcon that I picked up back in '08 from a buddy going through a divorce.





It was daily driven for a number of years until kids and life got in the way. It was still driven regularly, but not too terribly much.

I was waffling on selling it but the wife claimed it as her own. She's of rather short height and likes the visibility that comes with all the glass of the mobile fishbowl.

Okay, now it's her car. The seats are too low, she wants to take the kids in it, it's too loud, and she has to sit too close to the wheel. It being a manual steering car, the wheel is huge-the ergonomics suck for the wee folk.

Next up is building it around her using whatever modern day components I can scrounge up.

Planned is A/C, adjustable pedals, new seats, potentially a telescoping steering column, shoulder harnesses, and likely power steering.

Let's pull it in:
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Old Today, 12:34 AM   #2
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Might as well start stripping the brightwork.



Let us take a moment to thank a close friend for the loan of his screwdriver-I've had it hostage for a year now:





Take some paint off, too:

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Old Today, 12:38 AM   #3
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My helper wanted to join me-he was curious to see himself on a computer:





He took the lenses off for me, then moved into the trunk to remove the nuts from the taillight housings. His sister turned up to "help".



Taillights out.



Bumper off:

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Let's see what's inside:





Being from New England, this is the first time I've removed a rug from a classic car and seen anything under it





Ah-that's more like it!

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This car has a 302 in it with a 4bbl Holley. It's running a 5 spd out of a Mustang. Disc brakes up front, lowered upper control arms, massive front sway bar.

It moves just right. It corners surprisingly well.

New cooling system, fueling system, ignition system. The motor used to idle funny and sort of wander when I got it:



Anyone notice anything out of whack?
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Old Today, 12:59 AM   #6
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Sweet.

I have a soft spot for the old Falcons due to a good High School friend's.

One of the "classics" that I could see getting.
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[QUOTE=SafetyThird;25787050

Anyone notice anything out of whack? [/QUOTE]

Yeah, your distributor drive gear is worn out along with the distributor probably.

You sure you want your wife and young children using this as daily transport? I briefly owned a 65 Futura 2dr hd top back in the day. 289 2 bbl, 3-on-the-tree. Not one of my favorites. Didn't have air bags, shoulder belts or ABS if IIRC.
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I'm IN on this one! A classic from my youth that I want to own again. Scored mucho poon'tang in one.

Let 'er rip................
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Just saw one of these for sale. Subscribed!
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Good luck

Had same car as my 1st. Bought at 12 for $250, never ran or fixed up. Sold at 30 for $500.
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Yeah, your distributor drive gear is worn out along with the distributor probably.

You sure you want your wife and young children using this as daily transport? I briefly owned a 65 Futura 2dr hd top back in the day. 289 2 bbl, 3-on-the-tree. Not one of my favorites. Didn't have air bags, shoulder belts or ABS if IIRC.
Did you die in a crash?
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Motorcycles Falcons are dangerous.
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Looks like a project!
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