1964 Ford Falcon Ranchero
From 25 years in two salvage yards in Moriarty and Albuquerque, NM to class winner at the 2006 Falcon Club of America National Convention in Indianapolis, IN; '64-'65 Ranchero Daily Drivers. Born as a 170 c.i. inline six cylinder with three-on-the-tree, now a 200 c.i. inline six with a toploader 4-speed and the frame and suspension components of a 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350. It corners like it's on rails.
Links to aftermarket performance parts used on this project
- David Kee toploader 4-speed
- Hurst shifter from David Kee
- Falcon Parts aluminum radiator
- Clifford header, valve cover, Weber carburetor, and adapter
- Summit Racing electric cooling fan
- Petronix ignition
- Cold air induction by Classicinlines.com
- Stewart Warner Track Force 2 5/8" gauge cluster
- Dearborn Monte Carlo Bar
- P-S-T polygraphite performance front end
- Falcon parts front crossmember
- Dearborn sub-frame connectors
- F & R Cal-Mustang Stam-Bar anti sway bars for 1964 -'65 Mustang
- Cal-Mustang traction bars for 1964-'65 Mustang
- non-functional Kirk Racing Products / Street-Pro cut-out
- Dynomax muffler
- Dynamat sound proofing
- uninstalled and questionable Falcon Parts Radio
- Falcon Parts 10-disc CD Changer
Monday, February 27, 2017
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
I decided maybe give it to a relative, keep it in the family. Called my cousin. I asked her if she was mechanical. Yes. Would she want the Ranchero? Absolutely, oh boy, yes, but then a week or so later, no. The added insurance cost in Texas was prohibitive, thanks anyway. I called a friend, no, insurance cost.
I recalled that my ex had been calling for advice about used trucks in PA. While I'm waiting to ship it, m neighbor's car broke down so I lent him for two weeks and ended up helping fix his car. His mechanic was ripping him off, mine will not rip me off.
Ranchero goes to ex-wife and stay in the family, so-to-speak. When she can't drive it anymore back to son, or when he buys a house, whichever comes first.
Son-in-law will show it at Carlisle Events All-Ford Show in June 2017, daily driver category.
Monday, May 16, 2016
Monday, March 14, 2016
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014
A white fire extinguisher, not nitrous. Powered iPhone set up for time lapse video and iTunes on wireless speaker.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014
The alternator has to be moved; the starter, cross member, and pitman arm totally removed.
I put all the studs on, only to discover there is no way the header will fit over them because of clearance issues. The shock tower severely impedes movement of the header.
The studs were all removed, except one at each end, top of number 1 and bottom number 6, to be able to wrestle the header back in position. The remaining studs had to be screwed on through the header flange and the gasket, a royal pita getting the studs started and screwed in.
Once the header is installed and torqued down, everything else falls back in place. I took my time, 4 days, but total work time was about 12 hours.
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