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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 10:24 am 
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Dave,

Here is one option that is not angular: http://www.radiantz.com/cart/index1.html?250.html&1 . It is also low key and unobtrusive.

Mike's thought of the mounting for the taillight is probably correct. You could look behind the light to see how it was mounted. The 63 Falcon also had a backup light option. The 63 Fairlane with the backup light may be an option also.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 8:49 pm 
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Bought some Enduro 75 1-inch whitewall P195/75/14s and had them mounted on what I thought were small-cap 14-inch wheels. Two of them turned out to be such, but the other two are actually Fairmont-type wheels that accept the small cap, but have a 4 on 4.25-inch bolt pattern. Oops. I've got a line on a pair of '65 Falcon wheels, however, so the problem should soon be rectified.

Currently, the car has an exaggerated big-and-little profile as I bolted on the best pair of the 13-inch wheels and tires I was given with the car in front, along with the 14-inch wheels and tires that I purchased in the back. I haven't driven this combination yet.

Oh, I'm running the '64 Falcon center caps that I was given with the car at the moment. They're very mid-century looking.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:19 am 
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Drove the car to work today for the first time with the P195/75/14s on the back (and P175/80/13s on the front temporarily) and I love it. The RPMs have come way down, but there’s been little effect on my ability to get the car rolling (my biggest fear was that the taller tires were going to kill my torque multiplication off the line).

I can’t wait to see it with the new tires all the way around.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:34 am 
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David,

That is good to hear! I would be tempted to keep the big/little combo for a while. The taller then stock rear to bring the rpm's down, and the smaller then stock front for easier steering. I can imagine the raked appearance is a nice look as well.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 11:45 am 
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It's not a bad look. Moreso now that the front end has settled a little bit, though the tires aren’t an exact match front to rear. It’s a bit disingenuous, however, as it’s a stock Falcon with a hot rod look. Sort of the opposite of my Camaro, which is pretty stock looking, but with a hot engine and a Muncie 4-speed.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:57 am 
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Well, shortly after doing the wheel and tire swap I was downtown picking up some plumbing supplies and made a sharp turn away from the curb. A block or two later I could hear a “ker-flop, ker-flop” noise coming from the front end along with some associated feedback in the steering wheel. I think it’s probably wheel bearings. I had hoped they’d last a bit longer, as I didn’t want to dig into the front end until I was financially ready to do the Scarebird conversion (and as I still don’t have four matching 14-inch wheels).

The good news is that I’ve got a lead on a nice set of 1961 Galaxie wheelcovers, so if I end up running non-matching wheels front and back, I can hide it.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 9:08 am 
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Well, here’s a major relief. My “worn out wheel bearings” turned out to be three loose lugnuts on the driver’s side front wheel. Much to my embarrassment, I’d forgotten to go back and re-torque the nuts after a few miles on the new wheels.

Another update: I got the oil changed today (since I had no way of knowing how long it’s been since the last change). The fellows underneath the car said everything was tight and full, but that most of my rubber suspension boots have ripped and that the car won’t hold grease for long, though it should be okay for a while.

Lastly, I took the car through a commercial car wash (since the paint is shot anyway, and a bird had used my hood for target practice - repeatedly). I discovered the vent windows leak, the top of the windshield leaks, and the bottoms of the doors leak. None of this is evident in the rain, but it showed up in the car wash.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 3:37 pm 
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That's why I don't take mine through automatic car washes anymore. I usually do them at home but on occasion take them to the manual car wash, especially to do the undercarriage.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 1:57 pm 
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I haven’t made much of what I’d call “progress” on the bird lately. I did get the steering wheel straightened out, so now I don’t constantly feel like I’m having to steer left to go straight.

Unfortunately, getting the wheel off only further confused me as to how to get my turn signals working properly. The little metal ring that works the switch seems to be intact and normal, but it won’t stay caught in the little indentations that keeps the signal from cancelling until the turn is made. I’m not clear whether this is because the ring is worn, the indentations are worn, both, or something else entirely.

As winter approaches, I’m having to look at my wheel situation again. The worn-out 13-inch tires on the front certainly aren’t gonna cut it in the snow, and I never intended to leave the 3-season tires that I purchased on it over the winter. Still, I need a fourth Falcon or Maverick wheel to make a complete set for the winter - that or just run a mismatched fourth wheel for a while.

Also, the cold weather we’ve been experiencing here has made me realize that the bird needs weather stripping pretty badly. My left knee and hand get awful cold driving to work. The engine seems to start okay and runs fine if I let it warm up. I need to put new plugs and wires on her, though, there’s a persistent, yet irregular miss at idle, and I think it’s a faulty wire.

Lastly, I was talked into purchasing an iPhone for work. I downloaded an application called “SpeedBox” which uses GPS signals to calculate and display your speed. My speedo reads about 8 mph high. I knew that, more or less, but it was nice to confirm it. Seems odd, though, since I think my 195/75/14s are actually taller than the OE tires. I wonder if the car had the rear-end ratio changed, or if it’s just got the wrong speedo gear in the trans.

Not much else to report.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 1:38 pm 
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I haven’t blogged about the bird in a while - largely since I haven’t done anything to her. I only get to drive her about once a week.

The plugs and wires I installed didn’t help my miss - especially since the coil wire I got didn’t fit. I’m beginning to think the miss may be temperature related, as it’s gotten worse with the cold. The temperature gauge has never shown the vehicle getting into the normal range, and I had assumed that was a problem with the gauge or sender. But I also have no heat except when the car is sitting still for a while, which leads me to believe that it’s not getting warm.

I haven’t looked yet, but I anticipate finding that there is no thermostat in the engine. Conventional wisdom with a lot of old car guys is that there’s no such thing as an engine that runs too cold - especially since most own V8-powered fairground cruisers that are only driven on nice days in the summer. The alternative may be that it’s simply stuck open from sitting, or too cold for the car.

I’ve posted elsewhere about the “grumbling” noise that comes from the front end at low speed when stopping. I’ve noticed it more commonly shows up in wet weather, but I’m baffled as to what the connection might be. My brakes all appear to be new, so I don’t think that’s the cause. One of my shock towers is kinda messed up, however, so maybe something in my suspension is binding up when the suspension loads.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2009 1:32 pm 
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Saturday, I had my other pair of 195/75/14s mounted on Maverick rims and bolted them to the front. Interestingly, steering effort actually seems to be decreased despite the wider tires.

Unfortunately, my other project has temporarily disabled the car. I tried to swap out the 160-degree thermostat for something warmer (195) in an effort to get the car to run better in the cold, and get some heat in the passenger compartment while underway. While reinstalling the thermostat housing, a big chunk around the driver's side bolt cracked off and I wasn't able to go find one to replace it.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2009 5:06 pm 
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Every time I've added taller tires to the front of a vehicle it has made it easier to steer. One of my 195/75/14's had a slow leak and I could always tell when it was a pound or two low on air by the increase in steering effort.

I bought the replacement thermostat housing at Autozone last year, so new / repop ones are definitely available ^::


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 2:31 pm 
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Got my thermostat housing sorted (still leaks a lot of air = very poor heat), only to have my fuel tank spring a leak on 12/23. I'm draining it now to put a temporary patch on.

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You have my sympathies on the tank leak. That happened to me too on my 61. Got a new one off eBay and I'm very happy with it especially as it's a 16 gal size rather than the original 14 gal.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 2:44 pm 
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jpleslie1 wrote:
You have my sympathies on the tank leak. That happened to me too on my 61. Got a new one off eBay and I'm very happy with it especially as it's a 16 gal size rather than the original 14 gal.


Ooh, I didn't know there was an extended-range option.

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