First start up of the 350 Chevy roller motor.
1963 Falcon Futura gasser. 454 big block Chevy bored .040", Edelbrock Performer aluminum heads, Weiand tunnel ram, twin 600 Holleys, Dougs headers, Crane hydraulic cam, Crane roller rockers, Pete Jackson gear drive. Super T10 four speed. 8.8" Ford axle with 3.73 limited slip. mid 60's Econoline straight axle
Relocated Moon tank, with new Richies brackets and custom built mounts. Swapped in '61 grille.
My latest project car. 1939 Chev Master Deluxe Opera coupe. Another gasser project.
Delivereed to my curb, and ready for 6 months of rust repair.
Floors completed and insulated.
Engine/trans going into the chassis. Trans is a 700R4 overdrive 4 speed.
Engine in place.
Dashboard painted and instrument cluster built.
1952 Pontiaac steering wheel fitted to 1990 Chev truck tilt column.
Body stripped to bare metal. Fiberglass trunk lid.
Epoxy sealer shot.
A horrible fitting fiberglass frontend!!
Relief cutting the hood to try and bend it to fit.
Located a pair of steel front fenders! So dumped the fiberglass one piece frontend. Will use the hood off the frontend after more fitting.
Fenders on. Reinforcing plate built to tie fenders and grille together. Hood pins to hold the glass hood on.
'32 Ford radiator fitted, and aluminum 3/8" rod braces bent up and fitted.
Pushed outside for the first time in 9 months!
Divider panel for backseat area.
Pontiac Vibe bucket seats.
Trunk cover box to protect fuel cell vent lines and wiring.
New Quick Fuel 650 double pumper to replace Demon 700 carb.
Exhaust system with electric cutouts.
Undercarriage cleaned and painting beginning.
Modified Hurst shifter to shift the 700R4 automatic trans.
Modified headlamp reflectors now setup for 1157 turn signal lamps, and LED headlamps.
After a brake bleed I took the '39 out for it's first test drive to adjust the trans TVR cable on the 700r4 OD trans. All went perfect, with no glitches or issues, so a success!
Finally mostly done, except for paint and windshield glass. A quick cleanup today.
Cleaned up the engine bay, and gave it a quick wash to remove sanding dust from the bodywork.
Finished up the interior old school. I did it in diamond tuck pattern.
New paint on the frame was trashed by overspray, so I scuffed it again, and shot it gloss black over again.
With the help of a suction cup glass tool I was able to install rear glass by myself. A great little tool for under $10!
After a bit of driving the old Pontiac 18" wheel proved to be just too big. Swapped it for a Joe's Racing 15" wheel.
After getting estimates to have my bucket seats redone, I was in such shock I finally decoded to take a shot at sewing them myself. Began searching for a used commercial machine, and found a refurbished Japanese made machine. So started stripping the covers off.
Ripped the seams apart, and used the old material as a pattern to mark out my diamond pattern upholstery. Then sewed the new inserts together.
Got the patterns sewn in, but quickly realized I'd made them a little big when the first seat was too loose. Pulled it back off, cut down the inserts, and re-sewed them. 2nd time was much better, and they fit! On to the 2nd seat, and it went well the first time! Got both seats done, and reinstalled the seats. Interior is completed now!
A setback after just 500 miles! My engine developed a lifter noise that I couldn't adjust out, no matter how many times I tried. All testing I did showed perfect compression, and no cylinder leakdown, yet it still made the clicking noise! Finally contacted Howards Cams and tech told me I likely had a plugged roller lifter. So took the intake off and replaced all 16 roller lifters. At the same time I swapped out all 16 valve springs to "high lift" .550" springs, and installed a set of forged steel Comp Magnum roller rockers. These rockers were designed to clear stock valve covers, so allowed me to retain my old vintage Weiand finned aluminum valve covers. After a couple day's work, it's purring again, and sounds great.
A trip back. Billetproof drags at Riverdale Raceway Park
Anonymous on Apr 17, 2020 said:
Very very nice. I love the work. Cheers.[Reply to this comment]
Anonymous on Apr 25, 2020 said:
1946Austin - I came across photos of your '63 Falcon and fell hard for it! I know you sold it, is there any way you could connect me with the new owner? Let me know and we can connect on Bangshift. Thanks, Thor1[Reply to this comment]
57timemachine on Oct 30, 2020 said:
Beautiful work and I commend all your amazing efforts on all your cars. Real nice to see a gasser that is something other than a Willy's. Did you ever get any flak from Ford guys for having the Chev big block in your Falcon. My younger brother has a stock original 1962 Falcon sedan that we restored together. Cheers.[Reply to this comment]
1946Austin on Oct 31, 2020 said:
Thanks! And yes, I got several Ford guys who were irate when they realized the big block in my Falcon was a Chevy, and not a Ford! Some commented, while some simply shook their head and walked away. But the vast majority of people loved the BBC in a Falcon. I personally prefer Chevy engines, but when it comes to hotrods I accept just about anything guys want to swap in them. Gassers rarely ran engines of the same manufacture as the bodies, so it was never an issue back in the days of Gas Class cars.[Reply to this comment]
57timemachine on Nov 1, 2020 said:
As much as I am a GM guy (Chevy and Pontiac), just like my dad was before me (Chevy, Pontiac and Buick). I love all cars and all engines. My younger brother was always a GM guy (Chevy) until he bought the Falcon four years ago. I had never worked on a Ford until he got the Falcon. I have never understood people that just think what they are into matters and nothing else. Especially that stupid rivalry between Ford guys and Chevy guys. Come on folks we are all in it together for the greater good of our love for old cars. I appreciate all your cars here, no matter what engine is in them.Cheers.[Reply to this comment]
1946Austin on Nov 2, 2020 said:
I've owned Chevy cars, and Chevy powered cars most of my life, so I use Chevy engines because I know how to assemble them, and build them. The SBC in my '39 gave me some trouble because it's the late gen 1990 factory roller motor and one piece rear main seal. I had a steep learning curve during assemby, and found Chevy had changed many things on these motors, so some parts I had planned to use I could not. Cams are different being roller camshafts, but also have a different bolt pattern on the timing gears! And crankshafts are different on both ends, so take different timing sets, and also different balancers and flywheels. And they're a bastard on balancing as unlike a std. SBC they aren't fully balanced internally. But unlike a SBC 400 they're not fully externally balanced either. They're half and half, and take a special flywheel to complete the balancing. And of course they have the one piece rear main seal, which is a totally different oil pan too! I had to get rid of all sorts of parts I planned to use, and buy new to use this engine. But at least the late SBC still accepts the early heads I had, so that was a good thing. None of those ugly center bolt vaalve covers, and the weird intake manifolds with hardly any bolts to seal them![Reply to this comment]
Anonymous on Nov 29, 2020 said:
Thanks! Can't say it's all been fun, but once the rust repair was done I did enjoy the rest.[Reply to this comment]