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Old 12-09-2008, 05:14 PM
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Back in the day I had a Mustang with a 289 HI PRO engine and it took a lot of serious 350's down. It had factory cast iron headers. It is the perfect engine for that truck.
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Old 12-09-2008, 05:30 PM
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This is a good starting point:

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Old 12-09-2008, 08:10 PM
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First..heres a nice YOU SUCK. Nice ride. I like the Falcon Ranchero's. I would like to find a '57 really really bad.
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Old 12-09-2008, 08:59 PM
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Originally Posted by MXtras View Post
The first $6750 I get that doesn't need to buy another gun goes there. Cool!

Oh yeah, and this thing has air-lift suspension. You manually use your shop air to jack up the ride height for the occasion.
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:04 PM
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Congrats Mac, I always wanted a Falcon Ranchero I did indeed have a 1957 like I think OleRedFord wants. It had a 390 4Bbl,4 on the floor,locked rear and chrome reverse wheels, man I miss that ole truck.
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:31 PM
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I had a '61 Falcon 2 door, with the "big" 170 ci six cylinder and a 3 speed, on a good day it would do maybe 70 mph. I sold it to buy a 1954 Hudson Super Jet.

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Old 12-09-2008, 10:31 PM
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Looks like a fun project Mac. Always wished I could restore some nice ride like that. Someday????????????
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Old 12-09-2008, 10:41 PM
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Originally Posted by MAC702 View Post
The 289 barely fits in a Falcon! This ain't no Galaxy!
LMAO, where is your enginenewity, if the guy can stuff this tank motor in this mustang, shirley you can shoehorn a 512 which is actually not much diff from the pics of the reference. R'nR the front clip,etc. BTW, one of my old pards stuffed 6 Stromberg '57 Linclon in to a '57 Rancho back in '58, beast's idle speed was ~1500,
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Old 12-10-2008, 12:45 AM
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I had a '57. Bought it in my senior year in high school and started restoring it. Unfortunately, I didn't get it on the road until fall, after graduation. It had a 292 with thunderbird on the valve covers, 3 on the tree and overdrive.

When I went to get it inspected,(yes, we have to do that in PA.), they told me I needed 4-way flashers because it was considered a commercial vehicle. So, I got a nice switch kit that mounted under the dash. When I crawled under there, I found marks on the wires that matched the same connectors that came with my kit so, it had 'em at one time. I hooked up to those wires and all was well. One day, I was checking the flashers and apparently, the radio had been left on when I had shut the engine off and somehow, was back feeding the radio because, it was flashing on and off with the lights.

Oh, and my Corvair and the Ranchero both, took the same weird, skinny battery, a 29NF. That was 1974 and I still remember it. That's weird in itself.

Good luck with your project, Mac. I always liked the Falcons, especially, the Rancheros.

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Old 12-10-2008, 02:34 AM
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The glove box lid is chromed, of course: miniskirt friendly!
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Thats a nice truck, my only Ford build was a 289 I put in a 73 Pinto when I was 17, C4 and Maverick diff, bunnyhop it and it would lift the front tires off about 4"

Leon thats just crazy.......I love it, looks pretty cool too:evil::evil:
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