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mrwillie
mrwillie HalfDork
10/25/12 12:24 a.m.

Looking on CL for minivans, I run across this..

http://raleigh.craigslist.org/cto/3329828375.html

It's a 1961 Ford Falcon. Supposedly in good enough shape that the guys wife DD it rel recently. Im in no shape to buy anything now, but I love the lines on this car.

Are they as good a classic project platform as they say it is? Basically a sedan version of the early mustangs, right?? Has anyone here ever raced these and what can you tell me about them?

ddavidv
ddavidv PowerDork
10/25/12 5:23 a.m.

It's got the rare 320 engine option.

You can learn a lot reading the The Ford Falcon News forum. Be aware the moderator/owner is a bit of a nut, so follow his rules to avoid the ban hammer. Lots of repro parts available but really watch out for rust.

iceracer
iceracer UltraDork
10/25/12 9:46 a.m.

I'm curious about that 320 motor and with a mild cam too.

ditchdigger
ditchdigger SuperDork
10/25/12 10:53 a.m.

I am currently looking at a 63 Falcon Futura 4dr. 170ci six with the 3 on the tree.

If I buy it (and I will if everything aligns for me) I plan on a drivetrain swap, but in the interim does anyone have enough familiarity with the early sixes to be able to tell me if it is capable of maintaining modern freeway speeds? Can it do 70-75MPH for an hour or two?

My experience is mostly with old euro and japanese cars that were geared for the 55mph speed limit and they just can't cope with freeways for long.

nocones
nocones Dork
10/25/12 10:55 a.m.

I know he 2 speed auto is happiest at 60 tops

N Sperlo
N Sperlo PowerDork
10/25/12 11:36 a.m.

Is that the one that... Well thats a dumb question. It can't share equipment from the same year mustang. There weren't any.

yamaha
yamaha Dork
10/25/12 11:41 a.m.
iceracer wrote: I'm curious about that 320 motor and with a mild cam too.

Not sure if sarcasm or trolling.......

Just remember, if either party buys those falcons......just don't drop the bar of soap

Kenny_McCormic
Kenny_McCormic Reader
10/25/12 11:47 a.m.

Falcons like to rust in typical 60s car places(floors) and in the rear frame rails where the shackle ties in.

ditchdigger
ditchdigger SuperDork
10/25/12 12:02 p.m.
yamaha wrote: Just remember, if either party buys those falcons......just don't drop the bar of soap

I have no idea what you mean by this. Are early Falcons notorious for prison rape or something?

yamaha
yamaha Dork
10/25/12 12:09 p.m.

In reply to ditchdigger:

Obviously

ransom
ransom SuperDork
10/25/12 12:11 p.m.
ditchdigger wrote:

Gah! Those wheels! That looks... awesome.

ditchdigger
ditchdigger SuperDork
10/25/12 12:17 p.m.

ditchdigger
ditchdigger SuperDork
10/25/12 12:19 p.m.

They competed at Monte Carlo

oldeskewltoy
oldeskewltoy Dork
10/25/12 3:11 p.m.

looks like a typical small block Ford...

320... maybe dyslexic... for 302??

If the rust is truly minimal... it would make a nice project DD

ransom
ransom SuperDork
10/25/12 3:33 p.m.

Wait, is 320 some sort of law enforcement code for prison rape?

I'm still waiting for an explanation on that one...

kreb
kreb SuperDork
10/25/12 4:43 p.m.

Are the differences between the 60-63 and 64-65 versions only cosmetic? My understanding is that the 64-65 is basically a Mustang in more conservative clothing.

ddavidv
ddavidv PowerDork
10/25/12 5:56 p.m.

C'mon guys, do a little reading first. Ford Falcon History Ford inline sixes

Dr. Hess
Dr. Hess UltimaDork
10/25/12 6:56 p.m.

Dr.Linda hates that car with a passion. Her dad had one.

wlkelley3
wlkelley3 Dork
10/25/12 8:12 p.m.

Saw a beautifully done one one my trip to Hondural last month. Rode past it in a bus and didn't get a chance to take a pic.
Was trying to figure out which way he typo'd, 230 or 302. The pic with the V8 answers it. Maybe done up as a 320?

Chris_V
Chris_V UltraDork
10/26/12 8:35 a.m.

My old daily driver '62:

I also had a '61 4 door that I was going to duplicate this car with, but sold it to a guy that paid me way more than it was worth. They are cheap to keep running and easy to work on. Solid, basic cars, that, so long as they don't ahve much rust, will keep going forever. And the rust can be taken care of with new panels, since pretty much everything is availble for them.

MACs is a great source of parts.

Luke
Luke UberDork
10/26/12 8:44 a.m.

^Never get tired of seeing that car, Chris. Such a cool look.

I'd like a coupe or a wagon:

foxtrapper
foxtrapper PowerDork
10/26/12 9:01 a.m.
ditchdigger wrote: Can it do 70-75MPH for an hour or two?

It can do it just fine. You won't maintain that up a mountain, not enough power. But on level land, it can cruise just fine at 1961 highway speeds.

mrwillie
mrwillie HalfDork
10/26/12 6:11 p.m.

Thanks for all of the good info. Its one thing to read a wiki page, but its entirely diff to get it dir from an owner.

Thanks again!! This is going on the list. Its alot cheaper than a 510.

bludroptop
bludroptop SuperDork
10/26/12 6:51 p.m.

I have nothing constructive to add here.

I have a soft spot for early '60's Fords.

I'm glad that car isn't close to me.

DeadSkunk
DeadSkunk Dork
10/26/12 7:29 p.m.

An early Falcon would be a good basis for a RWD Zetec and T5 combo, just to be different.

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