I owned a 1951 Ford F1 pickup. One day I was visiting a classic car dealer in Portland, OR. with my brother in law. There were about 50 to 60 cars there. Sitting in the building was a Red 1964 Ford Falcon Convertible. It caught my eye right away. When we checked it out, we found it was a Sprint with Bucket seats, 260 V8 with 4 speed manual transmission. I was taken with it immediately. I talked to the sales person there, who suggested I bring the truck down and they would see what they could work out. The next day I was there with much anticipation. They looked the truck over and we came up with a price I could live with.
After getting home with the Falcon, I checked it over. It had a recent paint job, but not a good one. The top had a whole in it. Interior needed work. Then I checked the VIN number and discovered it was originally a Futura with a bench seat. Someone had made a clone of a Sprint. The only thing missing was the Sprint Tach on the dash.
I decided to keep it a Sprint, as there is no mechanical difference between the models, just one digit in the Vin. I learned that it had been sold new in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. That meant I had to "Import" it. I had been built in Lorain, OH. Seems odd. Coincidentally, it was assembled on my 19th Birthday, August 15, 1963.
That was all in March of 2001. We were living in Vancouver, WA, where I had retired from the Air Force.
I started going through the car and replacing worn parts and such. Had a new white top installed. I replaced the 260 with a 1964 289 block. I had it bored .60 over. I then installed a 302 crank, rod and pistons. Topped it with Edlebrock Performer Pro Alluminun heads, Performer Alluminum intake and 600cfm Holley carb. Used a Duraspark distributor with MSD box. Doug's Tri Y ceramic headers. New 4 core radiator.
Then I took the car in for a total repaint to the original Rangoon Red, inside and out. Replaced the windshield, carpet, seat covers, dash pad, door panels and counsel. I sent the 4 dash pieces up to Canada and had them rechromed and painted.
Installed disk brakes all around. Replaced 8 inch rear axel with a new Currie Enterprises 9 inch with Torino big bearings. Traction Loc 3rd member.
Replaced bumpers with reproduction bumpers.
I had the transmission gone through while it was out of the car.
After all that, I am very pleased with it's condition. It is such a fun car to take to cruise in's. It catches the eye of a lot of people.
In 2010 we moved back to our original home in Minnesota. The car has been in the last 3 years of the "Back to the 50's" show at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds. Only 12036 cars there last year. What a great event to have your car in. Nothing newer the 64, so we just made it.
The car was dyno'ed in Vancouver. Turned 283.8 HP and 313 pounds of tourque. Pretty good for someone that never put an engine together before.