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resurrecting an old Ford
« on: September 25, 2013, 11:34:33 AM »
My late mothers 1966 Falcon 289 v8 had been sitting for about 20 years now. I put some tires on it, put a battery in it, and with a 2 gallon can for a tank tried to start it, and it started and ran well! No brakes but we are contemplating returning it to service.
















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Re: resurrecting an old Ford
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2013, 12:00:30 PM »
That's great they are cool cars, been keeping an eye out for one myself.
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Re: resurrecting an old Ford
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2013, 12:10:06 PM »
Front discs?

Regardless...n ew wheel cylinders all around, shoes, and hardware kits. Being that old, if it does have discs, new calipers in addition to pads. New rubber hoses, lots of brake cleaner. Wheel bearings/seals. Master cylinder.

Once and done. :)

Any other soft rubber line, replace those as well. (Fuel/cooling/vacuum). Hard lines if they're leaking. Or just cause you can.

Always completely rebuild a brake system. :) lol

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Re: resurrecting an old Ford
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2013, 01:38:22 PM »
Never skimp on brakes, it will bite you sooner or later.
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Re: resurrecting an old Ford
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2013, 06:04:22 PM »
I am positivly getting the brakes fixed! It has drums on all four wheels. It is a 2 door and looks really neat. It belongs to my brother in Ca. so it's up to him when we buy the parts. Soon I hope. The car I remember was really fast.

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Re: resurrecting an old Ford
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2013, 09:40:57 PM »
They are a light car it don't take much to move em, friend of mine had one with a mild 6 banger and it surprised quite a few V-8 owners, lol..
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Re: resurrecting an old Ford
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2013, 11:50:45 AM »
My first car (upon reaching driving age) was a 64 with a 200 six we borrowed from a Mustang. Started with the stock unsynchronized 3 spd, later swapped for a synchronized version (night and day driveability), then for a C-4 (worked with the stock column shifter, but you had to know where the gears were by feel as there was no indicator).

My Dad had a 67 Sprint with a 302/C-4. That car was a blast to drive, but the stock pale Lemon Yellow told on me way too many times. (Uh, Idk what all that black spatter is behind the rear wheels, Dad. :D).

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Re: resurrecting an old Ford
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2013, 12:48:14 PM »
Yeah, my buddy used to be in tight with a junk yard and they used to keep a few of them 3 speeds handy just for him, the average duration for one was about 30 days, lol..
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Re: resurrecting an old Ford
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2013, 12:49:53 PM »
My second car was a 1964 Falcon I bought back in 1976.  260 with the 2 speed Auto. The engine got rebuilt and a C-4 installed.  After gas went from $.60 to over $1.00 a gallon I sold it.  All things considered it was a nice car for $400.

In the mid 80's I had a 1961 Ranchero with the rare Dagenham 4 speed.  I paid $600 for it.

Enjoy the Falcon.  Any old car, especially with family history is worth putting on the road.

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Re: resurrecting an old Ford
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2013, 02:08:45 AM »
Wittsend, seeing that car is bringing back some very fond memories of one exactly like it down to the color and the absolutely beautiful Texas girl who used to drive it. First seeing her was like being hit in the head with a 4X4, I followed that car many a time to her place to go out on dates......... .....you've put me back in 1972.

I never had much confidence with women and still to this day wonder why she went out with me when all the guys around were asking her out right and left but she never bit. It put my head in a much better place than it had been.......... ...

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Re: resurrecting an old Ford
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2013, 07:56:38 PM »
About 74 75 I was 1bout 10.  My parents had a black one looked just like the one in the photo.  Dad only respected British cars so the Falcon saw many many trips up in the hills on logging roads before it left the family.  I loved that car as a kid and my gramma's Maveric as well.