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Old 06-19-2006, 01:18 AM
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If you dont already know from my first post;names J.B. i'm 16 from orange CA.I'v been on the hunt for a project car with the hope of having it on the road before summer's end.Well,the hunts over (now comes the hunt for parts ) and i'm ready to begin work on my 64 ford falcon!

My aim...I want to have power but nothing too out there.I really dig that gasser look but would like to tone it down a bit.

Some questions... straight axle is bent (yea,sounds funny).I want to replace it with another but dont know what type,brand,size to go for?

What sort of problems did the falcon have what would you replace/swap on it?

Is this considerd a light car? I like it because of its size but didn't know about weight.

Interchangeable parts?

Thats about it.I will try to snap some pics this week.Thanks

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Old 06-19-2006, 01:27 AM
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If you dont already know from my first post;names J.B. i'm 16 from orange CA.I'v been on the hunt for a project car with the hope of having it on the road before summer's end.Well,the hunts over (now comes the hunt for parts ) and i'm ready to begin work on my 64 ford falcon!

My aim...I want to have power but nothing too out there.I really dig that gasser look but would like to tone it down a bit.

Some questions... straight axle is bent (yea,sounds funny).I want to replace it with another but dont know what type,brand,size to go for?

What sort of problems did the falcon have what would you replace/swap on it?

Is this considerd a light car? I like it because of its size but didn't know about weight.

Interchangeable parts?

Thats about it.I will try to snap some pics this week.Thanks
Those old Falcons are cool - A lot of the old unibody built cars suffer far worse rust problems than their full framed counter parts. Make sure before you pour too much money into it that it is structurally sound and not rusted out.
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Old 06-19-2006, 02:11 AM
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A lot of the Mustang parts will interchange, a 289 or 302 would be a good choice for a streetable engine. They are a fairly light car, my guess would be around 2900 lbs. My sis had a 64 or 65 Sprint when we were growning up, 260, 4 speed, a fun car. I had a 64 Merc cyclone, had a blast with that car, had to be my favorite as a youngun. 289, 271 horse, 4 speed, lotsa fun. Dan
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Old 06-19-2006, 02:54 AM
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thanks for the replies.As far as rust goes its pretty ok (so im told).As for the engine; Its a 302 and two 4 barrels the air cleaners that sit a good 6 inches above where the hood would be (I hope I said that right,I dont quite have the lingo down).They wont be there for long.
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your looking at as low as 2460 LBS and as high as 3008 LBS depending on what yours actully is, Falcon Sprint or Falcon Futura. you have 2 4bbls, what size are they, u should have 390 CFM carbs, anything bigger would be overkill, you only need 600 CFM for a mild 302 ( assuming that's what it is ), even at max only 6-750 if it runs in the high rpm's
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You say it already has a straight front axle? *****in! early econolines, up to 65 I think were the top choice back then, but may be hard to find today. Can a reputable frame shop straighten yours, how bad is it. those were pretty tough, maybe just the tierod is bent. if the towers are taken out, mostly the reason for the straight front end then you can put anything you want engine wise in it. there seems to be a resurgence of interest in the old gasser styles. An FE big block would be nostalgic and almost any used header would go in. I've been looking for a same body, or a 2dr round nose to fix up like that. Got any pictures? love to see how good of shape its in. Sounds like it was and old race car?? lets hear more.
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o yeah the 9" leaf rear axles would literally bolt in.
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There are places that sell straight axils and parts for them although I can't say about pricing for this stuff?

I can agree the Ford Econoline vans were the popular choice for straight axil donors. But try to find parts for one of these vans today?

There is a site for gassers on the web if you want the address I can get it for you? Maybe someone on this stie can help you with parts, or information to help you with the new project?

There was recently a gasser reunion in northern Ohio a fellow Chevy Talk member went to. He posted some pictures in his Picture Trail account for us to view.
http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/...3244&members=1


Another members posted this address.
gassermadness.com

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Yea it already has a straight front,one of them tube deals.I'm not sure if its too far gone or if I could just deal with it.I need to get it on the road to better diagnose the situation.I hope it'll still work,I really like how it sits and looks.Let me post some pics...I think that will help yall help me lol Plus you can tell me what I have on my hands
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Old 06-19-2006, 08:29 PM
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shoot...Let me try that again


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your looking at as low as 2460 LBS and as high as 3008 LBS depending on what yours actully is, Falcon Sprint or Falcon Futura. you have 2 4bbls, what size are they, u should have 390 CFM carbs, anything bigger would be overkill, you only need 600 CFM for a mild 302 ( assuming that's what it is ), even at max only 6-750 if it runs in the high rpm's
Thats the thing.I have no clue as to what I've got engine wise.I was hoping all could tell me lol.
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Looks like you did GOOD I would highly recommend finding a good old school body shop with a frame rack and see about getting that straight axel straightened for ya, ***'l most likly be cheaper thata way... tho it doesnt reak of the cool factor its got now for fuel economies sake you may want to pop that 2/4 set up off and put it on a shelf for a few years till its not your primary driver and slap onn a conservative single 4 on...just my take for a broke teen driving a V8 car. That said if you get it tuned right and keep your foot out of it you should get about the same milage out of it as you would a single 4 set up....6 to one half dozen to another....none the less its a sweet ride!
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Ok I found out a bit more about my car through the net.It seems the seller was also looking for buyers online.It a 65 not 64 sorry...

"65 Ford Falcon vintage street racer. Has been in storage for 25+ years. straight axle, 302 with rumpity rump cam, fenderwell headers, tunnel ram, holleys, auto trans, 8" rear with traction bars, slicks and skinnys, stock uncut hood and new fiberglass teardrop hood. Body is in very good condition, interior and trim is excellent. Own a piece of nostalgia. Possible harley or ??? trade"

I am 99% sure the car being described is mine.
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some advice, get rid of that tunnel ram in favor of a single 4bbl intake, bolt 1 of the holly's to it, get rid of the big cam in favor of a mild cam, and then it will be quite a nice driver with a good low end, the way it is, I cannot say for shure cause I don't have cam specs, only that it is a rumpity rump cam, it will make power from 3,500-7,000 or so, where u need power at 2k for street driving.
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