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Featured Hot Rods Falcons... Gasser style..

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Deuces, Mar 21, 2018.

  1. caseyajones
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    Both the "Hound Dog", and Gabriel Burrell's "Southern Flyer" really inspired me by showing me how good a Falcon drag car/gasser could look. As has already been pointed out, the added benefit of the Falcon's light weight just sealed the deal for me as being the perfect car me to build as a nostalgia drag car. When I told my dad that I really wanted to find a 60-63 Falcon to build he told me he had just seen one at the Portland swap meet a few days prior and that it had a lot of nice work done to it already, such as radiused rear wheel wells, full roll cage, etc. I quickly put out a craigslist ad in Portland to see if anyone knew who owned the Falcon in question or to see if it was still available. Within a few short hours I received a response from a gentleman who had actually snapped a photo of the car at the swap meet and the sellers name and phone number could clearly be seen in the photo. I called the seller immediately and after some negotiations, secured the car and picked it up several days later. It is now a father son project for my dad and I and I'm extremely excited to get it finished and out onto the drag strip where it belongs... hopefully next year! The stance of how it's going to sit is really important to me so I appreciate these threads because it gives me more input and confirms to me how I want it to sit and look. 20170930_164133.jpg
     
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  4. Very cool CASEY. Has all the makings of a great old drag car. Have fun with that wicked little bird.:)
     
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  5. stpaulsdealmaker
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    Not to get off Topic, I love them little Falcons, but not really into gassers
     
  6. THE FRENCHTOWN FLYER
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    It ran a best of 13.36, but it had a 5.43 gear in it that was from a Boss 302 setup, and that was waaay too much for my six so I just lifted at the thousand foot mark (about 6500 RPM as I recollect) and motored through at part throttle.

    The car belonged to Danny Girolomo (R.I.P. Danny) in Dearborn and went to the Beausolais(sp?) family in Ontario Canada.
     
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  7. Very cool and very respectable for the times and that 6
     
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  8. Used Up Junk
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    Be sure to keep us updated on your build Casey, that’s going to be a bad ass little car. Looks like the work that has been done so far is top shelf. I personally prefer the roof on your car over the later hardtop that looks like the roof off a ‘64-‘65 Falcon. I’ve always preferred ‘64-‘65 square body Falcons but these little round bodies have certainly caught my eye! Funny that such a sedate little economy car can look so downright wicked.
     
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  9. Zettle Bros.
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    Mine at last years Meltdown.
     
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    My 1st car at 15 years old was a '61 Falcon with factory bucket seats and console with a 144 or 170 and 3 speed on the column that was so worn out it quit on my uncle and he said if I could get that piece of crap home I could have it! I did get it home, then stored at a friends farm for a little while until Dad asked if I wanted a '58 Ford or did I want to make a hot rod out of my Falcon? Hot Rod I said! We shoehorned a '57 T'Bird 312 into the Falcon after lots of spring tower trimming and plating, 9" rear w/4:11 gears and originally an automatic. Later switched to 3 speed w/O.D. and a 4:27 Dana after breaking the spiders in the 9". Beat up old car that was never beat off the line and hardly ever lost a race. Eventually the front suspension wallered out from under it and I put the 312 in a '56 Vicky, then put a straight axle under the Falcon and was preparing to put a 394 Olds and 4 speed Hydro in it but project stalled, then got sold. Next fella put a 426 Hemi in it! I wish I still had pictures. All I have left is an under dash instument cluster.

    Nice to see all these Falcon pics. Keep 'em comin'!

    Dave
     
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  12. Dan Phillips
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    very kool ( the 1960 wins my vote) , but they are all nice...thanks for sharing....
     
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  13. caseyajones
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  14. Deuces
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    Thought I'd post some more pictures of the " wheat missile"..... ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1437409300.985754.jpg 609376-855-0.jpg HAMBDrags2014Leader.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1420740682.416435.jpg
    I believe these were taken at the H.A.M.B. Drags.....
     
  15. Thor1
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    The Wheat Missile looks like she can be a handful when she wants to!
     
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  16. boutlaw
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    Here's my FE powered 65 Falcon "Ranchero" I started running this spring. Have always loved Falcons. I really like that Wheat Missile car. Ranchero GBO7avatar.jpg
     
  17. Deuces
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    Very cool!!!! :)
    Ranchero gasser style cars are welcome also....
    Please post away!!!!!
    Thank you!!! :)
     
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    Is a straight axel front end a requirement to be a gasser? I somewhat remember reading that the very early gas classes not all cars had a straight axle. I could be wrong tho. As I am most of the time!


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  21. Deuces
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    Some have a dropped axle from an Econoline.... Not sure on that one....:confused:
     
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  22. Gammz
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    Saw the Ranchero in post 78. I have a 1964 but it don’t have a straight axle. Set up as a drag car tho from the 60s era.


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  23. Used Up Junk
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    My Dad always told me in the early days of the Gas classes rules required stock style suspension, so Falcons and tri-Five Chevys would still have to run an A-arm front end. The straight axle swaps came along later in the gasser game when rules changed so I guess technically both straight axle cars and A-arm cars are “correct” it just depends on what era you are shooting for.
     
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  24. True! Not all gassers were axle cars.As the class evolved more were running axles and a higher front stance. Because slicks at this time did not provide very good traction weight transfer was key to launching off the the line . As tire development improved the front ends came down lower.
     
  25. Clik
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    For some of you guys that are down on what you call "street freaks" and say "they don't belong here", I'll just say this: Not all of us were lucky enough where we could cut out wheel wells. Some of us lived in States where the law read "NO ALTERED FENDER WELLS" or "NO ALTERED FENDERS". To get a wide tire under a car with a fender profile like a Falcon the car had to be jacked pretty high. And then came bumper height laws. So for some of us a car sitting up real high was certainly traditional.
     
  26. caseyajones
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  27. 31hotrodguy
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    Interesting, that I did not know but it would make sense. What states would have had that law?

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