I have had this idea lurking in the back of my head for a while. A 1960 Ford Falcon Gasser..My uncle owns 2 60 falcons i can have if i just take them off his property. But i am wondering how much work it would take to turn one into a gasser. I know they're a unibody so removale of the old unibody frame would be required, and a new one would need to be built. Also i'm not sure on what type of engine, i've seen lots of 302's, what about a 350 or a Boss 351 Cleveland? and then there is all the suspension and things like that. if any one could help and provide any info on building something like this it would be appreciated. I just know it would be a great addition to my 60 Ford F100 rat rod, 80 Cutlass Supreme sleeper, and 1994 Silverado with air ride and 24's.
Bobby,Exactally what do you mean by "Gasser"? Are you thinking about the accidents waiting to happen we built in the early 60's before Ford built V-8 Falcons or something that looks "old" that uses Ford produced parts?We did some really stupid things back in the early 60's. A local dropped an 800 pound mid-50's Lincoln 430 ci engine into a 220 pound shipping weight Falcon. Thankfully he wasn't able to connect the stock steering box to the F-100 front suspension he had installed with 1/4" thick mounting brackets "bubble gum welded" to the Falcon sheet metal uni-body.Have to admit it looked "mean" but was unsafe sitting still.Once Ford started to produce V-8 Falcons/Mustangs/Mavericks/Fairmonts we gained factory produced parts that made the V-8 conversion a snap. Of course you had to spend time in a salvage yard looking for the correct parts but it is a price worth paying.Your post is writen in a way that suggests you do not understand the term "uni-body" construction. The Falcon has no "uni-body" parts which can be "removed" unless by that you mean "cutting off". The entire body, minus the front fenders and hood, serve thesame purpose as a frme under other cars. Take away some of the body panels, like in the case of rusted away floorboards (or were floors an option on early Falcons?) and the uni-body is severly weakened. Former Ford engineer Jack Roush recently cut away the floor and front end of a 62 Falcon and dropped the body onto an Alston frame. Expensive but in the long run the package gives modern handling and strength without having to spned $$ and time to modify the Falcon uni body.Some photos of the car were run in various mags during 2006 (Jack had the car at the 2005 SEMA show and I have heard at the R & C shows at Cobo Hall, Detroit).I've talked three people through the V-8 conversion of early Falcons using Ford parts. I could write about 30 pages on the "how to" and about 50 pages on "Do you really have an understanding of what's involved". Thsi messgae board isn't designed for the display of that much info.
Anyone know of published photos of the Peanuts and Greer Falcon Gasser? I've only seen the one photo that was in R & C but the car has been mentioned a few times in articles.
I built a 60 Falcon gasser and used a Econoline front end and a 351W in it. There is alot of custom machined parts we made. It goes nice and straight down the track.
I wonder is "bobby" ever built one, i'd love to see pictures of your car Falcongasser
Hey Bobby - Where there's a will, there's a way. Here's how I usually approach these cars:1. Tack lots of bracing into the body, then cut out the floor, leaving about 3" of meat around the outside edges.2. Mock up body and rolling stock you'll be using.3. Measure like the wind!4. Build rectangular tube frame chassis to match your vision - wheelbase, engine setback, etc are all elastic at this point.5. Savor the build process, as you'll probably only do it once.6. Enjoy the fruits of your labor on your favorite street and/or strip!If you haven't done this before, it's recomended that you spend some quality time studying this type of build-up first, so you know what you want, going in. The importance of this research can not be overstated.But yeah, if you have a dream, go get it!
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Wow that is a really nice Falcon Gasser, looks good.
Want a nose bleed? Look at this!http://images.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http://gassermadness.com/visitorscars/sherlock/falcon3.jpg&imgrefurl=http://gassermadness.com/visitorscars/sherlock/index.htm&h=564&w=800&sz=84&hl=en&start=3&tbnid=jfjxKhNIWRA3iM:&tbnh=101&tbnw=143&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dfalcon%2Bgasser%26gbv%3D2%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DG
GeoFordMan:Want a nose bleed? Look at this!http://images.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http://gassermadness.com/visitorscars/sherlock/falcon3.jpg&imgrefurl=http://gassermadness.com/visitorscars/sherlock/index.htm&h=564&w=800&sz=84&hl=en&start=3&tbnid=jfjxKhNIWRA3iM:&tbnh=101&tbnw=143&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dfalcon%2Bgasser%26gbv%3D2%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DGNot seeing an image.
I didn't see an image either, but my nose is bleeding...
Sorry try this: http://gassermadness.com/visitorscars/sherlock/falcon3.jpg Geo.
Very nice, love that green.
bobby give me your e-mail address i'll send you pic's of my 1960 B/G GASSER, i'll talk more about you building one.here's my e-mail... firstname.lastname@example.org
bobby give me your e-mail address i'll send you pic's of my 1960 B/G GASSER, i'll talk more about you building one.here's my e-mail... email@example.com come on guys stop scaring the kid, bobby its not that bad, how fast do want to go, do you want streetable or full blown drag car? my car runs street and the track,runs 12:40s@110 mph goes straight down the track,comes out of the hole hard!!are you doing the work yourself? it's alot cheaper!my car is still being built, trail and error, add this add that,im keeping it street legal and having a blast.i have been pulled over twice and they wanted to look at it up close and they liked it and let me go which shocked the hell out of me cause i was screamin up and down town with open dumps. anyway ya got my e-mail address talk with ya soon.