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Project Milly Falcon: 3 Sisters-in-law, one 1962 Ranchero

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by projectmillyfalcon, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. projectmillyfalcon
    Joined: Dec 7, 2012
    Posts: 23

    from Texas

    My name is Cynthia, and I'm one of three sisters-in-law trying to restore an old car, and video-blogging the process. We know nothing about cars, and are relying on the kindness of the internet to help us out. So far, we've met some pretty fantastic and helpful people.


    Our car is a 1962 Falcon Ranchero, which we have named, Milly. She was donated to us by some very nice men affiliated with a Falcon club out of Austin, and was delivered to us by two equally nice and awesome fellows out of the Third Coast Falcon Club chapter. When we got her, she was on loaner wheels, and she lacked an engine or transmission. We found a fellow on Craigslist that was unloading a straight 6 with a transmission, and four wheels off a 67 Mustang, and we took them off his hands.

    Right now we're busy scraping off the 1/4" thick undercoating that's caked to the underside of the car. We were making pretty quick work of it until we got to the rear wheel-wells this weekend.

    Anyway, if you're curious to see how we get on, I'll post our progress here, and most likely beg for advice. Here's our latest episode:

    Thanks for reading, and nice to meet you all!
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2012
  2. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,911

    need louvers ?

    Go girls go! You'll find your in for a lot of hard work, but the sweet part is driving your little creation around when your done. There is tons of Falcon nowledge here on the H.A.M.B., and as for myself, if you need any help at all with questions and such I'm just a P.M. away.
  3. AnimalAin
    Joined: Jul 20, 2002
    Posts: 3,417


    Looks like y'all are having some fun. Thanks for posting, and please keep us updated.
  4. richie rebel
    Joined: Oct 8, 2007
    Posts: 1,184

    richie rebel

    stay after it girls,good luck............
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  5. hahahahaha love the picture! I just got a 62 Comet . what part of texas are ya in?
  6. projectmillyfalcon
    Joined: Dec 7, 2012
    Posts: 23

    from Texas

    Thanks, everyone!

    We're in Houston, which means we're practically neighbors! We were out your way for a swap meet a few weeks ago.
  7. Finelinefab
    Joined: Dec 21, 2009
    Posts: 25

    from La salle

    Keep up the GOOD WORK ladies
  8. Midget25
    Joined: May 2, 2012
    Posts: 168


    I can appreciate a woman that likes working on cars, my wife just this weekend was eating compound helping me buff an Anglia I am building. Real women are not afraid to get in and work.Keep at it girls.................
  9. aaggie
    Joined: Nov 21, 2009
    Posts: 2,531


    I'm old and retired and live in Porter just North of Kingwood. I can help with welding and fabricating or just about anything else. There should be lots of help available locally with your project.
  10. projectmillyfalcon
    Joined: Dec 7, 2012
    Posts: 23

    from Texas

    That would be fantastic!
  11. woodbutcher
    Joined: Apr 25, 2012
    Posts: 3,211


    Hi Ladies.Welcome aboard.Always good to see more ladies getting involved in the hobby.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
  12. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,795


    Congrats on conquering the first phase. Not being affraid to get dirty. You'd be surprised how many women AND men don't work on cars because they might get dirty.

    Carry on and ask questions.
  13. FlynBrian
    Joined: Oct 5, 2007
    Posts: 759


    Welcome Ladies! Milly looks to be a really solid little Ranchero, have fun building her.
  14. von zipper
    Joined: Nov 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,012

    von zipper

    Welcome ladies! They're fun cars to drive! AND with a six you get great MPG!! Here's mine! It has a 170,C4 trans, 68 Mustang bench seat,62 Mercury dash pod,and rare 4 spoke Cragars! My everyday driver! ImageUploadedByTapatalk1355263483.983858.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1355263526.745368.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1355263603.634630.jpg
  15. n847
    Joined: Apr 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,706


    Awesome to see you ladies having fun! But please in all seriousness but a new floor jack! I have a harbor freight jack that looks similiar to that one you have and its less than safe with 4 good wheels! I would hate to see one of you injured because no one gave you a heads up. It sounds like you will probably get all the help you need mechanically, but don't forget the safety! My dad was a stickler for that stuff, and I'm glad he rubbed off on me you can't be too safe!

    Ok now that I'm done with that! Cool build I love those Rancheros, they make awesome customs. keep us posted!
  16. projectmillyfalcon
    Joined: Dec 7, 2012
    Posts: 23

    from Texas

    Funny you should mention that...we will be using a brand new craftsman floor jack this weekend!
  17. 64Cyclone
    Joined: Aug 30, 2009
    Posts: 1,496


    For some reason, everytime I see an early Ranchero coming together I picture it lowered with scallops. Maybe it was because of the old AMT model kit.

    Looks like a good platform to start with. Endless possibilities.

    (If it were me, I'd go ahead and convert it to 5 lug though...bigger brakes and more wheel options)
  18. motoandy
    Joined: Sep 19, 2007
    Posts: 3,289

    from MB, SC

    PM me if you need an air cleaner for a 170. I ended up with an extra one somewhere down the line. I had a 62 4 door wagon. Good luck
  19. RetroSpeed
    Joined: Jun 25, 2001
    Posts: 129


    Welcome to the HAMB.

    As I watched your first episode, I was laughing so hard my wife had to see what was so funny and making me laugh out loud. We subsequently watched all the episodes together and she laughed the hardest at your commentary as you and your sister put the Ranchero on jack stands. Although, inventorying the parts and identifying the window regulator as a “Robot Hip Replacement” is my favorite clip and still makes me chuckle just thinking about it.

    Good Luck with your Ranchero and please keep the video updates coming.

    All the Best,

    Christopher & Karin
  20. projectmillyfalcon
    Joined: Dec 7, 2012
    Posts: 23

    from Texas

    @RetroSpeed: I'm so glad you both enjoyed the videos! We tried desperately to keep our jokes PG, but it's amazing how rapidly that deteriorated. Fortunately, my mother and mother-in-law have not disowned us.

    And to anyone reading, I have a question regarding floor pans. Is it preferable to buy pre-fabricated pans, or would we be best served learning how to fabricate them ourselves?
  21. Very entertaining ladies! Thanks for all of the effort of documenting and posting your build, bravo. It's great to see the enjoyment, it's what it's all about (also a good reason to take a break and have a beer...) Hang with it gals, subscribed.

    Floor pans.... if it's a big section with bends and shapes, prefab. Make sure you get well outiside the rust affected area and have good metal to weld to. Your lucky welder of choice should prolly take a look before cutting since he/she will be the one recreating the scene of the accident.
  22. stationWAGONS
    Joined: Mar 2, 2008
    Posts: 795

    from Vegas

    Last edited: Dec 18, 2012
  23. projectmillyfalcon
    Joined: Dec 7, 2012
    Posts: 23

    from Texas

    Thanks for all the info, everyone! We're one wheel well away from a very clean underside. This coming weekend, we have a welding expert coming over to check out our floor pans, and offer some advice. Here's the latest episode, in which I use my new camera mic to record all the sound, but forget to turn it on. GENIUS!
  24. Ladies;

    The high point of my day and one of the bests threads I've seen in a while. Good on ya!
  25. KoolKat-57
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,963

    from Dublin, OH

    Outstanding video, and effort on the Ranchero!
    Really enjoyed the effort put into your "Silent Movie" too!
    Good Luck and remember..... Effort in, Reward out!
  26. stude_trucks
    Joined: Sep 13, 2007
    Posts: 4,755


    Awesome! I like the paper bags in the first vid. Perfect touch.
  27. Great recovery for a mic turned off!! Pure skill!! Hammer down gals.
  28. Subscribed. Way to go girls and go easy with the jack! Texas ladies rock!
  29. tylersloan
    Joined: Apr 15, 2008
    Posts: 138

    from baytown tx

  30. Skam213
    Joined: May 2, 2011
    Posts: 57


    AWESOME!!!you girls are hilarious! KUDOS! I have a 1960 ranchero that I'm building also!

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