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I own a V8 Falcon with a problem

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I own a V8 Falcon with a problem

Post #1 by champ22 » Wed Dec 29, 2010 10:38 am

I have a 1965 Falcon 2 dr sedan with a 289 V8, edelbrock intake and 4 bbl carb 600 cfm. I changed the rear end to a 280 ratio. I found the gears used but in excellent condition. I re-worked the complete car from the ground up. It also has a B&M shifter on a C4. I am planning on replacing it with an AOD. It has everything on it new or rebuilt. I am putting a power rack and pinion steering set up in it. I have it on the floor now. It has a full set of Cragar SS wheels 14" with new rubber. I have put in the euro lights up front that lights up the road way ahead of you better. I have done so many things it would take quite a lot of time to list them all. I do have some problems though. Turning on the lights, they flicker as the ground for them isn't right. I have added a engine grounding cable to the frame but no difference. any ideas?

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Re: I own a V8 Falcon with a problem

Post #2 by rocklord » Wed Dec 29, 2010 11:15 am

Yeah!
Post this on The Ford Falcon News http://www.tffn.net they may be more impressed with your setup, or install a inline six. :D

Sorry, my jealousy showing through. :(

Do you have relays installed with your euro lights? If not, you're pulling too much power through wiring that wasn't designed for it.
Check your wiring diagram, the headlights may have their own body ground which may be loose.

If you're planning on upgrading from a C4 to an AOD, make sure the bellhousing for the AOD will bolt to your 289. Ford has two bellhousings for the C4, a five bolt and a six bolt:
289 V8 (made before August 3, 1964) - had five bolts holding bellhousing to block
289 V8 - (made after August 3, 1964) - had 6 bolts holding bellhousing to block

AOD will fit the latter 289.
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Re: I own a V8 Falcon with a problem

Post #3 by champ22 » Wed Dec 29, 2010 11:35 am

This problem was doing the same with the factory lights. all the lights are flickering up and down. It doesn't bother anything else. I am still looking for the AOD, someday. My engine is a 1965 according to the numbers. That would put me with the six bolt bell.

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Re: I own a V8 Falcon with a problem

Post #4 by 1bad6t » Wed Dec 29, 2010 2:23 pm

Either a bad light switch or bad dimmer switch or loose wire
2.8 rear end is not enough gear with an AOD...you need at least a 3.55 or better to get any gas mileage.
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Re: I own a V8 Falcon with a problem

Post #5 by champ22 » Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:49 pm

The 2.8 is a higher ratio than a 3.55 as to where the rpm's will be even lower going down the road. The lowest that they make now is a 3.0 new. I have a set of them also. I have another headlight switch and will exchange that and see where it goes from there. If nothing else I will go with the grounding everything and anything I see to make sure that I am getting a good ground. I also have another high beam switch. ETC. On and on until I get it right. Thanks :bang:

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Re: I own a V8 Falcon with a problem

Post #6 by 1bad6t » Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:38 pm

Your carburetor will still be running on the idle circuit...running rich. Can't make enough HP to pull the car at a fast idle rpm.
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Re: I own a V8 Falcon with a problem

Post #7 by FalconSedanDelivery » Wed Dec 29, 2010 11:06 pm

If you have the Original or the same type replacement Voltage Regulator , flickering is common , replace it with the modern solid state and it will stop
Falcon 6's, FE's I Like them both , Sold all My 6 cyl stuff ( for now at least ) glad to pass along some tips though

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