Taking Wagon Appreciation to New Heights: National-Level Autocross

David S.
By David S. Wallens
Jul 26, 2019 | Ford, SCCA, wagon, Falcon

Look for the Heidemans and the baddest Ford Falcon wagon autocross car ever assembled at this weekend’s SCCA Tire Rack Peru Champ Tour. And very soon you’ll see the build on the pages of Grassroots Motorsports. RideTech suspension adapted to a Falcon chassis? A low-buck supercharger build? Genuine patina? Yes to all. Your sub is up to date, right? 


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Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela GRM+ Memberand Digital Editor
7/26/19 3:45 p.m.

Mmm, wagon.

BlueInGreen - Jon
BlueInGreen - Jon SuperDork
7/26/19 3:56 p.m.

Love it.

Indy-Guy UberDork
7/26/19 4:05 p.m.


Glad to see it getting the attention it deserves!  I love the looks and performance of this wagon.

( Check out the sixth post down on this thread from 11 months ago  wink)


_ HalfDork
7/26/19 5:51 p.m.

We had a guy in a old Falcon wagon show up and shake cones. Mighty cool. 

Ranger50 UltimaDork
7/26/19 6:00 p.m.

Needs moar Pinto.

Kreb GRM+ Memberand UberDork
7/26/19 6:23 p.m.

What, no video?!!


Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela GRM+ Memberand Digital Editor
7/26/19 10:10 p.m.
Kreb said:

What, no video?!!


If someone gets video, I'll post it!

Cooter SuperDork
7/26/19 10:13 p.m.

Love me some cone killing longroof.

Toebra Dork
7/27/19 8:38 a.m.

Best I could do for wagon video.  Why won't  videos embed on this site?  





sleepyhead the buffalo
sleepyhead the buffalo Mod Squad
7/27/19 9:26 a.m.

In reply to Toebra :

You’ve got use the button to the right of picture icon, that has a “+”...


noddaz GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
7/27/19 10:05 a.m.

That was GREAT!  Thank you for sharing that...


Carl Heideman
Carl Heideman
7/27/19 11:29 a.m.

Picture from this morning

Carl Heideman
Carl Heideman
7/27/19 11:35 a.m.

One more...internet is slow here!

OldGray320i Dork
7/27/19 12:55 p.m.

Sorry, have to drop the cliched "Wagons are built to haul things. This wagon was built to haul ass." 


te72 Reader
7/27/19 12:58 p.m.

So many places for camera mounts... I love it.

Carl Heideman
Carl Heideman
7/28/19 9:17 a.m.

Sunday runs

Carl Heideman
Carl Heideman
7/28/19 9:21 a.m.

Toebra Dork
7/30/19 11:08 p.m.
CyberEric HalfDork
7/31/19 10:39 a.m.

Not sure how I missed this build. Very, very cool!

Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela GRM+ Memberand Digital Editor
7/31/19 10:50 a.m.
CyberEric said:

Not sure how I missed this build. Very, very cool!

It'll be at SCCA Solo Nats this year. Expect to see it in a future issue of GRM. 

ckosacranoid SuperDork
7/31/19 5:58 p.m.

I have auto crossed wagon before. I have a 95 subby i did a few times and then in 2015 and 2017 i did the challange with the 02 outback wagon.

There was a little ford wagin that was tracked a couple of years ago and did the first ever rally cross when it was brought stateside also.

Carl Heideman
Carl Heideman
8/2/19 12:32 p.m.

I keep pestering Jack to update his build thread on the wagon, which he promises to do soon.  In the mean time, I thought I'd throw a couple of updates out there.

He freshened the worn-out pickup truck engine in June and went for a little more cam along with some Chinese aluminum cylinder heads.  On the dyno with a real conservative tune and boost, he's at about 320WHP with a long, flat torque curve.  We think we'll see about 375-400 when the engine is broken in and we get more aggressive with the tune.

When we ran it last weekend, we had RideTech coilovers on the front and used RideTech coilovers on the rear as "helper springs" for the stock leaf springs.  The car handled better, but obviously wasn't ideal.  It lifted the inside front tire quite a bit.  Earlier this week, we modified and installed in a full RideTech Mustang 4 Link in the rear and will be really upping all the spring rates, so we're expecting much better handling to come.


We felt kind of nervous as we cut up that nice Mustang subframe, but that's what we had to do to get it in the Falcon.

We'll be setting final ride heights soon, but the rear has come down a couple of inches and we'll probably bring the front down a little too.

We'll be at the CAM Challenge in Grissom August 9-11.  Anyone else going?


Carl Heideman
Carl Heideman
8/10/19 12:12 p.m.

Having fun at the CAM Challenge at Grissom this weekend. We're the only wagon this year. 

noddaz GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
8/10/19 1:16 p.m.

Did your improvements tame the under brake squat in the front?


kazoospec UltraDork
8/10/19 1:25 p.m.

Best part: Jack and Carl are two of the nicest, most helpful people you'll ever meet.  Great "ambassadors" for the autocross community.  

Carl Heideman
Carl Heideman
8/12/19 7:47 a.m.
noddaz said:

Did your improvements tame the under brake squat in the front?


We've still got a lot of tuning to do with the suspension.  We've got it better, but it's still an issue, and we're not loving the handling yet.  Of course, it is a 50 year old station wagon so we've got to consider how high we set the bar.    On Saturday at the CAM Challenge, we were pretty frustrated.  Sunday, we made some changes, the car felt better, and we took quite a bit of time off, which at least validated the direction we're heading.  Next stop is the Solo Nationals, so hopefully we'll have it dialed in better.

Carl Heideman
Carl Heideman
8/12/19 7:48 a.m.

In reply to kazoospec :

Gosh, you're making me blush.  I have to say that you were one of the ambassadors that welcomed me and Jack into autox, so I hope you're blushing a bit too.

landstuhltaylor New Reader
8/12/19 12:32 p.m.

Didn't get to watch it on Sunday, but it did not look good on course on Saturday. Just hop-skipping it's way through everything. Looks like the damper is not controlling anything at all either from hitting hard parts or just bad valving. Should get a lot faster with that figured out.

759NRNG UltraDork
8/12/19 6:45 p.m.

Hmmm......is this the inspiration for V8Kid and his father to pursue a similar path elsewhere in the forum and put the 'LARK' on hold????  news at eleven......and long roofs are always a welcome addition in whatever floats ones' boat....wink

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