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rustomatic Reader
4/1/22 12:56 p.m.

Okay, so I tried this before, and the timing was not right, so I quit.  I have a car problem that never really goes away for long, except in the case of a pandemic.  Somehow, the pandemic (and age/repeatability) really helped me to give much less of a crap about cars.  Anyhoo, I still have this old thing sitting in my garage, so I am going to try, try, try to post some stuff here to maintain some kind of ether-based accountability.

The goal is to get back to some occasional autocross and track day usage.  I have absolutely zero interest in these events as a competitor, which is one of my many problems.  I only like them as outlets or tests for my stupid building ideas with the car.  If I do better than someone with something far shinier or more expensive, the thrill is brief, and the result is probably more accidental than anything.  The point is basic enjoyment.

Okay, to rehash, the car is a 1963.5 Ford Falcon.  I LOL at the Ford part though, because the internals are all GM.  Let me see if I can post a picture or two . . .

If anyone can suggest a tip for successfully posting pictures, I am open, because my pictures seem to fail most of the time.

rustomatic Reader
4/1/22 1:01 p.m.

rustomatic Reader
4/1/22 1:02 p.m.

rustomatic Reader
4/1/22 1:05 p.m.

rustomatic Reader
4/1/22 1:09 p.m.

I take a lousy picture . . .

rustomatic Reader
4/1/22 1:13 p.m.

Since crude oil prices have been down a bit this week, it's probably a good day to go put some gas in this thing.  To clarify my position, I've had this car for 12 years now, and I've rebuilt it way too many times.  It's so easy to get stuck in a rut of thinking about the thing more theoretically than kinetically . . .

Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
4/1/22 1:46 p.m.

Ls swap vette suspension tube framed falcon?!?!?!?!?


Oh berkeley yes!

maschinenbau GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
4/1/22 2:48 p.m.

I was wondering when I'd get to finally see this ride. More please... also let me know if you ever take it to a show and I'll meet you there.

Somebeach (Forum Supporter)
Somebeach (Forum Supporter) HalfDork
4/1/22 2:53 p.m.

Wow. Cool car. 63.5 ticks all the right boxes. 

rustomatic Reader
4/1/22 3:28 p.m.

As warned, I take crap pictures, especially when a phone is involved.  It's the animal in the wild today (suburban gas station):

84FSP UberDork
4/1/22 3:37 p.m.

If you tinted the windows they'd never see the cage to understand what it had going on.  Although I'm guessing you can hear it coming.  Love a driver/racer!

nocones GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
4/1/22 3:40 p.m.

Oh..   oh my..    

I have questions.  Please continue posting pictures and typing words about this beautiful beast.

Carryon please.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/1/22 3:48 p.m.

That's evolved a long way from the first picture. More! More! 

rustomatic said:

It's so easy to get stuck in a rut of thinking about the thing more theoretically than kinetically . . .

I identify far too well with this statement.

rustomatic Reader
4/1/22 3:50 p.m.

So here are the valuable deets:

1992 C4 (2/3rds of the frame, all of the suspension/steering/brakes); monoleafs were recently replaced with QA1 coilovers not because coilovers, but because you literally cannot buy new front monoleafs anymore.

2011 Chevy Suburban 5.3/LMG (with some nice hop-up parts/power adders/anti-blowup provisions)/6l80

I got the engine/trans years ago with 65k miles on it ($2500.00--deal!).  Now, it might have 66k miles on it.  While stupid ideas might get me to go back to having a manual trans in this thing, it is unlikely.  The only real push will be boredom, an excess of money, or the 6L just burning out.  Unlikely, however the 6l is a way porcine pile of tranny (200 porky pounds); I generally like it, though.

This car came with a 260 V8 and a Ford-o-matic 2-speed auto.  It all worked when I bought it in 2010.  I drove it once with that stuff . . .

It's had a couple 5.0s and a couple T-5s (both a WC and a T5-Z).  The last 5.0 came from a Fox body (chassis, really) that I bought in Charleston, SC and drove back to northern CA--I just wanted the brand-new drivetrain.  I wound up parting/selling the Fox to where I got a brand new engine and trans for the price of a trans.  That setup was fun on the track, but lame most other places (E303 cam + stick sucks), hence LS/auto swap.


rustomatic Reader
4/1/22 4:00 p.m.

In reply to maschinenbau :

I'm looking at the May autox event, however it winds up being half a track day at Road Atlanta with the SCCA membership . . .

rustomatic Reader
4/1/22 4:02 p.m.

In reply to nocones :

Thank you, and feel free to ask away.  I'm the furthest thing from an engineer (hence my reliance on geometry decided upon by Corvette engineers), but my junk does work . . .

Maybe you could learn me some better picture posting, as I keep getting rejected.


In reply to rustomatic :


rustomatic Reader
4/1/22 4:23 p.m.

This is a good way to get grip--this is the four-corner rim on the car.  Also, it's my old window view before moving east.  I saw way too many fires through that window . . .

rustomatic Reader
4/1/22 4:29 p.m.

wheelsmithy (Joe-with-an-L)
wheelsmithy (Joe-with-an-L) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
4/1/22 4:35 p.m.



rustomatic Reader
4/1/22 4:35 p.m.

Uno mas for the day, for posterity (or posterior):

DrMikeCSI New Reader
4/1/22 5:16 p.m.

I love early Falcons. This looks like a beast. 

brad131a4 (Forum Supporter)
brad131a4 (Forum Supporter) Reader
4/1/22 8:38 p.m.

The only thing that saddens me is the wheel wells being cut. Other than that I like it a lot.

rustomatic Reader
4/2/22 9:39 a.m.

Here's some trunk and how the rear of the C4's frame got smacked into the Ferd:

Noddaz GRM+ Memberand UberDork
4/2/22 9:59 a.m.

What a fantastic build!

Thank you!

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