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Old 02-04-2019, 10:38 AM   #1
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Build 105.. Most of it anyway..

I have been itching to build a gasser style ride for a while now. I resisted the urge with my 56 Chevy, however I picked up most of a 1960 Falcon this weekend, and will finally give in.

I picked up the shell, came with all the body, doors, fenders, hood, trunk, grille, lights, glass, etc.. Everything but a floor, suspension, and drivetrain... Perfect place to start, lol.
I plan on a speedway front end, homemade frame, trying to decide on a cheap 8" rear out of a 66 Mustang, or pulling a more expensive 8.8 Explorer out of the local pick and pull.





I also picked up a set of wheels I wanted to run on the rear... It was not until I got home that I realized that you can not find a tall wide 14" tire any longer... Might become coffee tables now



Stay tuned.. hope to start ordering parts next month. (need to get my wifes 56 drivable first!)
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Old 02-05-2019, 08:48 AM   #2
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Old 02-08-2019, 05:40 AM   #3
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Lol, not quite 2 weeks. I still need to get me wifes 56 running.

I did order my front end kit this morning though.. and thinking of hitting the pick-n-pull for an 8.8 this weekend.

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Old 02-18-2019, 08:20 AM   #4
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So I went and grabbed and 8.8 from Pick-n-Pull..
I also ordered the steel for my frame.

This weekend I also took a look at the rocker panels I ordered.
The profile was NOT even remotely close..



I only needed the back 2ft, so I cut it off



and reshaped it.



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Old 02-18-2019, 08:27 AM   #5
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Sunday I also took a look at the old radiator core support.
They do not reproduce them for a 60-61 Falcon so I had to rework the one I had.

When the guy cut the front end out of the Falcon, he cut the frame rails at the firewall, and then right down the center of the core support and rolled the 2 halves out.

I went and cut the inner fenders / frame to get the core support off the scrap he had.



stuck it back together but the bottom was rotted out



so I cut it free



and replaced it with some steel I had kicking around





Needs a lot of cleaning up, but should work now.
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Old 02-18-2019, 10:27 AM   #6
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Steel was just delivered.
Looks like a frame to me...

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Old 02-26-2019, 08:35 AM   #7
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Just now another piece of the puzzle showed up in my office.

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Old 04-02-2019, 06:34 AM   #8
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Well, STILL waiting on that front end to ship.
I have been ordering parts, and stacking them up in my office at work.
I got the wheels and tires mounted, got my 4 link for the rear, a Vega box for steering, I have my mock up motor ready, got my real motor broken down, picked up an intake, some new carbs, etc..
Started cutting some tubing for my frame.. I am almost stuck now until I get that front end.. I ordered it on 2/8 and it has been pushed back a few times, and is now showing a 5/31 ship date









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Scored a great deal on a 400 longblock.
Forged internals, Eagle Rods, Custom ground hydraulic roller cam, Dart Pro 1 230cc heads, etc... This one should be fun!!







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I haven't been on the junk in probably a year. Glad I wandered in. I love round falcons and just happened to pick up a 63 over the winter.

Would you mind sharing some details/dimensions of those frame rails you made? Mine have through rust pretty much all along the bottom.
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I can give you some measurements, however if you look at the pics, I have NO floor, and no suspension, so it is a blank canvas, and does not have to match up with anything you have stock, so I am not sure if it will help you at all.

I wanted to go with a manual in this, but the whole thing was balanced, and the pressure plate was matched, so I am afraid to throw it out of balance if I use a flywheel.
I picked up a 2400-2800 stall converter and a shift kit for the trans I have, so we shall see how it does..
I also picked up a set of fenderwell headers. Have to see how they fit. I am hoping since I have not built a floor or firewall yet, and can place the engine where ever I want, that I can make them work without having to chop them up much.

This weekend since I still am waiting on the front end, I got started on the rear 8.8.
Cut off the spring perches, and welded on the 4 link brackets. Tacked the axle tubes in a few places as well just for the fun of it.
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