17 October 2014

1963 Ford Falcon Futura - Hindsight

A 1960's hardtop coupé body, Windsor V8, independent front end, leaf-sprung live axle out back. If it sounds like the basic spec for the original Ford Mustang, you'd be right, sort of: the Mustang originally came with a straight six engine, three speed auto gearbox and the running gear that originally came from the Ford Falcon. So it feels appropriate that Craig Johnson, the owner of the car above, upgraded his Falcon Futura to the spec it's in now, to compete in the Goodguys autocross series in the US. a 5.0 HO V8 with T5 'box from an '89 Mustang, rebuilt front end incorporating parts from a '68 Mustang, '65 Shelby Mustang, '86 Mazda RX7 and '05 Nissan 350Z (1), 8.8 rear axle from a Ford Explorer with 3.73 gears and a whole bunch of parts to enable this Falcon to fly around a gymkhana course.
Read more about the car here.

- Amazosan

POSTSCRIPT: the article contains the line "You don't know what you've got, 'til it's gone." , which aptly describes the magazine in question, Popular Hot Rodding. Unfortunately the publishers (formerly Source Interlink, now The Enthusiast Network) took the discontinue the magazine with the September 2014 issue after 52 years of publishing. A few other magazines in TEN's portfolio have been discontinued as well (most notably the legendary Rod & Custom magazine), victims of being under the same roof as the likes of Hot Rod and Street Rodder, publications that at one time were  competitors from separate publishers. No doubt there are sound business reasons behind the move, but ts a shame to see them go.

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