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    Default 1960 Falcon

    I figured I've got enough done to start sharing. I'm north of 50, and this will be my most ambitious build, ever. I wanted to be different, so I searched for a platform that hasn't been used too often. After spending too much time on the internet, I came across this rendering and fell in love.
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    So the obvious next step was to find a 1960 Falcon, and eBay to the rescue. I found this one in Georgia for a mere $800, bought it, drove up from Florida (where I lived at the time) and hauled to to my property in the North Carolina Mountains.
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    To me, the next step was to select the right wheels. I wanted something that looked correct for the era, but would fit modern sized tires and brakes. Once again, back to the internet where I found these. They were actually designed for a 350/370Z, but the center bore and bolt pattern fit a Ford. Back spacing wasn't a concern because I knew I would be designing and building my own suspension. So I ended up with 18x9.5 and 18x11. Tires are BFG Rival S in 275/35 and 315/30.
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    Very cool, always glad to see more falcons.
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    More random ebay searches revealed a race shop in Michigan that was pulling 2015 Mustang IRS assemblies out of cars to convert the cars for the drag strip. For a meager $1500.00 (plus shipping) I got a complete, hub to hub, IRS with brakes and a 3.55:1 LSD with zero miles on it. (The picture is deceptive, the tires only stick out past the body 4" per side. Since I plan to flare the car like the rendering, it worked out perfect.)
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    OK, I was going to continue the project update, but for whatever reason a red icon pops up next to my attempted photo uploads that says "undefined".

    What am I doing wrong?

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    Not sure Walther but I am loving it. Hope you sort it soon.
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    Tried to answer your PM. Dont know if you got it?

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    Got it! Thanks. Those wheels look fantastic on there.
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    I decided on a Mustang II front. I only found one supplier that offered a MII in a 64" hub to hub width with power steering; Fatman's Fabrication in Charlotte. I had them fixture weld the crossmember and add the frame rails so that I knew it would be square.

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    With the front mocked, I started the rear frame rails. They were bent to my specifications by Autoweldchassis.com. The rearward mounts are directly below the frame rails, while the front mounts I will need to fabricate. I tack-welded angle iron on both sets of rails to keep them square during assembly and welding. I cut the crossmember to fit within the rocker panels. I plan to get the chassis rolling with homemade shock simulators. I'll then finish gutting the body, floor, and firewall and lower the body over the chassis. (Note: I have a beautiful 1200 sqft shop, but since the main house is just now in the design phase and scheduled to be built by Thanksgiving, half of the shop is filled with boxes and furniture. I hope to triple my floor space soon!)
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    Definitely keeping an eye on this one. Have a 60'Falcon myself. Always thought it would be cool to be low and big flares like a grand am car. Please keep posting pics. Subscribed!

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    May want to investigate rumning a spar from the frame rail to the rear lower A-arm pivot, to help the lower shaft tube take the bending load. Been some talk over the last couple years on Jalopy Journal about the weld at the crossmember fracturing and the lower A-arm walking around when loaded
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    How much were the custom bent frame parts? Was there a long turn around on them?
    The rule is measure twice and cut once. My problem is I still measure with a mic and cut with an axe!

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    Awesome, I love this
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twentyover View Post
    May want to investigate rumning a spar from the frame rail to the rear lower A-arm pivot, to help the lower shaft tube take the bending load. Been some talk over the last couple years on Jalopy Journal about the weld at the crossmember fracturing and the lower A-arm walking around when loaded
    I was already planning on gusseting that area. Thank you- and please keep passing on the advice. I like posting to show off (obviously), but I am the type of person that covets the opinions of others. Also, the car will have an SCCA style road race cage, albeit with door bars that allow easier access and egress. I plan to run sanctioned hill climbs with the car (there are several in North Carolina), with the ultimate bucket list of Pikes Peak. I figured the cage will go a long way to stiffening up the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Protour_Pinto View Post
    How much were the custom bent frame parts? Was there a long turn around on them?
    $550.xx with shipping. About two weeks from order to receipt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walther View Post
    $550.xx with shipping. About two weeks from order to receipt.
    Thanks!
    The rule is measure twice and cut once. My problem is I still measure with a mic and cut with an axe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walther View Post
    More random ebay searches revealed a race shop in Michigan that was pulling 2015 Mustang IRS assemblies out of cars to convert the cars for the drag strip. For a meager $1500.00 (plus shipping) I got a complete, hub to hub, IRS with brakes and a 3.55:1 LSD with zero miles on it. (The picture is deceptive, the tires only stick out past the body 4" per side. Since I plan to flare the car like the rendering, it worked out perfect.)
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    Looks like a great deal. What's the track width on those rear ends?

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewb70 View Post
    Looks like a great deal. What's the track width on those rear ends?

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    64.25" hub to hub width.

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    I like this! Good to see another roundbody falcon here. What powerplant are you thinking?

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