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'64 Falcon Sprint

Postby NickV » Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:51 am

We have finally got our '64 Falcon Mot'd and on the road...

The gearbox failed after buying it- found a replacement Quaif internalled Borg Warner World Class on e-bay which bolted straight in luckily, no problems at-all- result.
It got a locker back axle so squeals and jumps on slow corners around town...289 cubic inch [4.7litre] with 302 heads, forged pistons and rods, roller rockers, Paxton supercharger, race cam.
Have had to raise the rear slightly since this pic was taken [having probs uploading newer ones] as the brake lines were rubbing on back wheels...just removed the lowering blocks.
Have changed the dodgy dynamo for an alternator, new battery, a tune up and that is about it apart from the usual fettling jobs.

It is super noisy- want to quieten it down a bit...but space for silencing is a bit of an issue...

It is very quick, after driving it you feel all jumpy from the adrenaline!

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Postby regcheeseman » Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:52 am

Good god that's gorgeous. V jealous.

(just to clarify - I'm talking about the car.)
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Postby NickV » Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:16 pm

Haha :lol:
Yeah gorgeous bloke is my dad when we picked it up last year!

It is an amazing car to drive- has fully sorted suspensionso you can drive it fast on the road safely...panhard rod and anti-tramp bars, good disc brakes.
Only problem is it is extremely thirsty :shock:
It is hard to take it easy as it just wants to go and is built to run fast!
It ticks over a touch lumpily due to the cam, but when you put your foot down it screams and revs super freely, the supercharger just comes in stronger and stronger and you fly.
I absolutely love driving it, makes you feel weird for some time after!

The 22 mile return journey to my work has been using over 2 gallons :shock:

I love yanks and V8s, and have always loved VW's too.
The flat 4 is going to be the long term choice for me and my son I think, as I can't afford to keep pouring endless quantities of petrol!

But right now it's surf all day and race all night! :wink:
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Postby mikey » Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:06 pm

That is so nice, big fan of yank motors and hot rods. Just been to Americana in Newark where there were some nice stuff. Look forward to seeing that sometime. I used to have this.

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Postby NickV » Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:26 pm

That's nice Mikey...is that a Model A with a Model B grill??
Or a model B all round?!
Not sure on my '30's rods!
I am pretty sure I saw that going through Instow a few years back.
Have always fancied something similiar!
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Postby caveman » Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:29 pm

both look awesome id swap me splitty fer the model A ! its oarsum!!!

oh btw i have met the burnout auto club who meet in barnstaple , nice blokes into their rods and looking for new members ( just dont defect from here lol)
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Postby mikey » Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:41 am

NickV wrote:That's nice Mikey...is that a Model A with a Model B grill??
Or a model B all round?!
Not sure on my '30's rods!
I am pretty sure I saw that going through Instow a few years back.
Have always fancied something similiar!


1928 model A with rover 3.5 V8 fender less, bonnet less, crossplys sold it two years ago and really miss it. Used to drive to Northampton for the nsra at billing and Bedfordshire for the hot rod super nationals. Noisy, uncomfortable. Draughty, cramped, but a smile from ear to ear. There are a few around north Devon but they don't come out enough. 8)
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Postby NickV » Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:25 am

Nice one Mikey....
Saw a lovely little pick up truck the other day- the guy [Kevin?] had chopped the rood of an early Pop, made up his own bed etc, painted a really nice authentic early Ford green, with whitewalls etc, and a model B grill- also with a Rover V8. Really had great proportions, said he could get 30 mpg on a run!!
He also has a big block Anglia for racing- 7 litre Buick.
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Postby NickV » Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:32 am

Have thought about disconnecting the supercharger, removing the high pressure feul pump and changing carb to increase economy slightly, should still pull well [had it dyno tested- 340bhp at rear wheels]
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Postby mikey » Sun Sep 16, 2012 1:54 pm

Saw this roll up in braunton car park today at the vintage surfboard meet, sounded well sweet and looked the mutts nuts. Never got a change to chat. 8)
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Postby caveman » Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:14 pm

i saw this in braunton on sunday too - i nearly cried when you shut the engine down!

its sounds soo pretty!!!
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Postby NickV » Fri Sep 28, 2012 4:55 pm

Yeah...it was a good day wasn't it!

Love driving that thing! You feel like you've been running in Christine after....evil!

Only issue is fuel, about 40 miles more or less from Bideford = 4 gallons.
Smiles per gallon = much higher! :lol: :lol: :lol:

I think at this rate of consumption it is definitely NOT a keeper unfortunately :cry:
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