Sunday, February 26, 2017

Parts Bin Bonaza: 1962 Ford Falcon Futura 5.0 T5

Some cars just don't get the respect that they deserve.  This lack of respect manifests itself into head scratchingly low asking prices.  The Ford Falcon is widely known as the redheaded step child to the Ford Mustang.  Today's 1962 Falcon has been extensively hot-rodded using parts from multiple Ford models over the last four decades.  Find this 1962 Ford Falcon Futura for sale in Ballston Spa, NY for $7,800 via craigslist.

This Falcon has had a heart transplant from a 1989 5.0 Mustang and a T5 transmission out a 1996 Mustang.  The tastefully sized 16" wheels come from a 2005 base Mustang.  A Ford Explorer donated its 8.8 rear end which was shortened and centered with a 3.73 lsd.  The car runs a 1970 Mustang drive shaft with 1310/1330 conversion u-joints.  The front suspension is sourced from a early V8 Mustang.  Traction is helped by Caltracs torsion bars and braking has been upgraded to disks all around.

The 5.0 roller engine has been worked over with the following mods: e7 heads, Edlebrock air gap 4 barrel aluminum intake & 600 cfm carb, full MSD ignition, 8mm wires, 130 amp alternator, reverse rotation water pump, 3 core aluminum radiator, aluminum flex fan, chrome front sump and pan, tall aluminum valve covers, Holley red pump, stainless fuel lines, Summit fuel pressure regulator, new gas tank, Doug's ceramic coated tri-y headers, 2.5" stainless x-pipe, dual Flowmaster 40s, turndowns, and 1995 Mustang high torque mini starter.  The T5 transmission has a Exedy stage 1 clutch, Ford racing flywheel, Modern Driveline clutch cable conversion, and Steeda tri-ax short throw shifter.

This Falcon's body has had a older restoration, but is going to need work to the quarter panels and floors sooner than later.  The car was equipped with factory bucket seats and console.  The red billet steering wheel was a miss, but the chrome Hurst shifter is a hit.  The upholstery is on the repair to do list as well.

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Cory is slowly making progress on his 1995 Mercedes C36 AMG project.  As of today, the car has fully functioning brake lights and turn signals!


  1. Like the idea. Not liking the painted bumper/ hood scoop theme. The section of body in front of the passenger side front wheel appears to be wavy with white bondo showing through. If the rust and bondo situation isn't too bad it would be a fun car for relatively low cost.

  2. E7 heads were stock on this engine. Not an upgrade. I like the concept too although I would've had to do something different with wheel choice.

  3. Very nice build, and just as cool (if not cooler) than an early Mustang, in my eyes. I imagine I could be quite happy owning and driving this. I am surprised that the interior is so ratty, since the builder seems to have done such nice work elsewhere. I am sure easy interior kits are available for these. Too bad there are not some photos of the rust that the seller says will need attention.

  4. Neat little car but hate the wheels.

    I always thought Ford really screwed up when designing those specific Mustang wheels. The offset is horrible.

  5. Oh man, I love this thing. Personally, I've always wanted to build a fast Falcon -- and thought it would be awesome to keep the inline-6 and bolt an Australian high-flow head on the beast...BUT, it would be much easier to just go V8. It needs a new interior, stock hood, and to be in my garage.



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