- Larry WaibelNonmemberJanuary 5, 2023 at 1:47 pmPost count: 3
I’m new to the forum because I wanted to ask experts on what I need to watch for as I go check out a possible purchase of a 64 convertible. I’m not a purest, but like the original look. This car owner says it has a 289 not a 260. Are these cars subject to torque box issues like some other Ford products? Any places known to hide rust like the Cougar cowl areas?
Thanks in advice for any words of wisdom. I am hoping this car is in as good of shape as it looks. It’s one of the few models not outrageously priced for first time tinkerers like me.
LarryJeffrey & Mary SchiraFalcon Club MemberJanuary 6, 2023 at 1:51 pmPost count: 36
Where is the car located and where did it spend its life?Larry WaibelNonmemberJanuary 7, 2023 at 9:28 amPost count: 3
It’s in southern Ohio, but I have yet to make the trip down to look at it firsthand and ask those types of questions. Being from Ohio I know rust is a big issue. I am not up on the particulars of the Falcon as far as where to look other than frame rails, rockers, floor and normal spots you’d check on any car. This would be my first classic car, and mechanical issues are more my thing, than body work.Jeffrey & Mary SchiraFalcon Club MemberJanuary 8, 2023 at 11:42 amPost count: 36
Having spent its life in Ohio, any part that is made from steel is a spot to look for rust. Frame rails, rocker rails and front torque boxes are BIG issues to look out for as these parts are not reproduced for a Falcon and have to be fabbed from scratch, or taken from a donor. Most of the sheet metal is reproduced but finding any of it stock somewhere has been difficult the last couple of years. And yes, cowls rust out too.Larry WaibelNonmemberJanuary 9, 2023 at 9:06 amPost count: 3
Thanks for the insight. I am hopeful the car will be in good shape and I would make a cash purchase on site. If so I will be joining the forum as a full member.
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