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'68 Falcon

Post #1 by '68falconohio » Tue May 11, 2010 11:34 pm

Well, here she is. Parked it at my folks' house as it's in need of love that I can't provide in my apartment's parking lot. Rear leafs look like crinkled french fries and are partially inverted?! I made a 1k mile road trip a few weeks ago and I think the 12ish cases of Yuengling, 150 lbs of tools/spare parts, 40lbs of Aussie cylinder head, co-pilot, and pilot were a little too much for the rear suspension on the trip back through the mountains. Then last wkend, my buddy(co-driver) misjudged a jump for a dip so I didn't slow much... Suspension bottomed out upon initial loading, and also when we came down. Not fun, words were exchanged.

Plans: Get Lower C of G. Improve sex appeal. Cut weight if possible.
Scarebird or equivalent up front. V* coils.
Shelby Control Arm drop.
Box 6 cyl. A-arms or change to V8 if cheap set turns up. Granadas aren't around here anymore. :cry:
Fix front seat.
Track down some bloody leaf springs! I see some talk of modding Mustang leafs in, don't know if I'm going to go that route.
1" solid or hollow equivalent anti-roll bar up front.
5/8" solid or hollow equivalent anti-roll bar out back.
R&R Windshield due to leakage.
Try my hand at $50 Rustoleum paint job--semi-Gloss Black.
Keep the red wheels for nostalgia. :lol: Actually keeping them because the tires have 10k miles on them, tops.


Don't know how much I'll be able to get done but hopefully it looks a lot different by mid-summer. I have a remedial driver for now: POS bent-8, gas guzzling, pick'em-up truck.

-Stephen

I had tools, mod log head, and other junk in the car I was taking to Dad's to store when I took the pics. It doesn't look much better with zero payload.

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'04 F-350 Super Duty - racecar

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Re: '68 Falcon

Post #2 by Falconman62 » Wed May 12, 2010 1:51 am

For the springs give these guys a call. I got a set for my 64 and it was like $217 including shipping for both springs.
MCVEIGH'S TRUCK SPRINGS
190 South M-33
Mio, MI 48647
(989) 826-3682
http://www.mcveighstrucksprings.com/

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Re: '68 Falcon

Post #3 by rocklord » Wed May 12, 2010 9:48 am

Stephen,

Search for Granada front upper control arms on http://www.car-parts.com . I did a search and found some around Cincinnati.

Hope this helps.
Dan

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1964 Corvair Coupe, 164CID, 140HP, 4Spd
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Post #4 by rbohm » Wed May 12, 2010 10:34 am

8) one fun bit of information for you, the 66-70 falcons are basically 66-67 fairlanes that have been shortened up about three inches. thus just about everything that fits those fairlanes also fits your falcon. also i think your falcon has the same spindles as the V8 falcons. if not you can always use later torino spindles and brakes.
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Re: '68 Falcon

Post #5 by '68falconohio » Wed May 12, 2010 12:21 pm

Thanks guys,
McVeigh's is going to give me a call back after lunch.
I need to research exactly what I need from a Granada to switch the front over and then hit car-part.com.

I had read about the '68 L6 drum spindles being the same as the '65-66? V8 disc brake spindles. I can't remember the years and know it's on the forum somewhere as this is where I found the info. Are the Fairlane leafs the same as my late Falcon?

I searched the forum for "Falcon leaf spring" info and there isn't much talk about the later Falcons. Mac's doesn't have leafsprings for the late Falcons, McVeigh's said they'll have to look because he knows they carry 60-65 but isn't sure about '68.

It seems the Falcon parts world revolves around the first two body styles. :cry:

-Stephen
'68 Falcon - sold
'99 F-250 Super Duty, '64 Lincoln SA-200 "Redface" - weldin' car
'04 F-350 Super Duty - racecar

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Re: '68 Falcon

Post #6 by '68falconohio » Wed May 12, 2010 1:06 pm

'68falconohio wrote:Are the Fairlane leafs the same as my late Falcon?

Answer is no. 1/2" length difference eye to eye. Info from McVeigh's.

McVeigh's can get 4-leafers, $275/pair plus shipping,
The 3-leafs are not manufactured(by the supplier McVeigh's uses) anymore. I wanted to stiffen it up, anyway.
The guy at McVeigh's told me when he called the supplier to check availability, they said they sell 6-8 sets per year for a '68 Falcon. :hmmm:
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Re: '68 Falcon

Post #7 by 1967 Ford Falcon » Mon May 17, 2010 8:48 pm

Was you in Lancaster Saturday? I saw a brown 68 on 33.

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Post #8 by '68falconohio » Mon May 17, 2010 10:25 pm

My parents' place is 15 minutes from Lancaster(I'm an Amanda boy).....

Red wheels?
If so, I bet Mom was out joyriding in my car! :x I've been driving a beat-up F150 for the past wk or so.

What's your 20?

-Stephen
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Re: '68 Falcon

Post #9 by jahearne » Tue Jun 01, 2010 2:43 pm

No need to search for Granada replacement parts. Anything Fairlane will fit. Not sure about the leaf springs. upper control arms are same L6 to V8 and Mustangs 1967 and later will fit. Only mustang control arms, steering is different. Disc brakes from 1967 and later will fit. I got my control arms from Opentracker for my '67, which is the same as your '68.

good luck,
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Re: '68 Falcon

Post #10 by rocklord » Tue Jun 01, 2010 4:56 pm

I have a pair of 67 V8 spindles for a Fairlane/Mustang if you're interested.
Dan

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1964 Corvair Coupe, 164CID, 140HP, 4Spd
1961 Corvair Lakewood wagon, 145CID, 80HP, 2Spd Powerglide Auto.
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Re: '68 Falcon

Post #11 by '68falconohio » Tue Jun 01, 2010 10:37 pm

John, Dan;

I have too many coals in the fire right now and life is getting in the way of getting my car back on the road. Work is running full-tilt and I'm trying to research leafspring options of the evenings. I only want to buy one set of leaf springs and be satisfied with ride height and quality. I don't want a OEM replacement spring as I'm looking for performance, but I don't want to buy 2 sets in a quest of finding one I like. There's a local company that will make the springs per my dimensions and I'm going to get a quote from them this week. Since they're local, the lack of shipping cost should ease the pain.

Once the rear is sorted, I'll move on to the front end. Dan, if those '67 V8 spindles are indeed an upgrade from my '68 drum spindles, I will most likely be interested. If there's a disc brake that already fits on my spindles though, I'll leave what isn't broken for now and get some discs to suit my spindles. I really don't understand the ins and outs of compatibility on the fronts of these cars yet; I still need to set aside a few hours of good research.

Thanks,
-Stephen
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Post #12 by rbohm » Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:56 pm

'68falconohio wrote:Once the rear is sorted, I'll move on to the front end. Dan, if those '67 V8 spindles are indeed an upgrade from my '68 drum spindles, I will most likely be interested. If there's a disc brake that already fits on my spindles though, I'll leave what isn't broken for now and get some discs to suit my spindles. I really don't understand the ins and outs of compatibility on the fronts of these cars yet; I still need to set aside a few hours of good research.

Thanks,
-Stephen


8) the last year that ford used a spindle for the six cylinder cars, and a separate one for the V8 cars was 1966. you have a few choices for upgrading to disc brakes and keep the stock spindles, the two best are;

65-67 four piston disc brakes, the kits are available from mustang suppliers, this would require that you upgrade to five lug wheels

or there is the scarebird system, which is an inexpensive way to get disc brakes, an excellent choice if you want to keep the four lug wheels.

if you are thinking of upgrading to 17" wheels, you can also use mustang steves cobra brake kit. this one is also a five lug kit.
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