Retirement

Gaps & Alignments 

After getting all the seals and window gutters replaced nothing closes or aligns properly now. Geez that was a surprise!!! I found out that a friend of mine used to work for a body shop and his job was alignments of body parts. I was thinking that... read more
 
Posted by Phillip Seaman Wednesday, January 27, 2016 9:23:00 AM Categories: 1965 Dodge Dart GT Bodywork Classic Car Fit! Seals

Pin Striping 

It has taken 15 months but I finally have got to the stage where I can think about not only paint but the detailing with pin striping. I thought this day would never come but it has come and now gone. The car is externally complete, well as complete ... read more
 
Posted by Phillip Seaman Thursday, October 22, 2015 5:57:00 PM Categories: 1962 Ford Falcon Bodywork Paint Pin Striping

Body & Paint etc. 

It took 18 months but I finally got "Betty Anne" to the place where I could get the body fixed and painted. October 2015 Body I did as little to the body as possible as this is not a concourse or trailer queen car. Far from it I wanted ... read more
 
Posted by Phillip Seaman Wednesday, October 7, 2015 10:38:00 AM Categories: 1962 Ford Falcon Bodywork Original Paint Seals Trim

Fuel Economy or not! 

Car Criteria When I first approached this project, having a classic car, I sat down with Jessie Verdun and gave him my basic criteria and reasons. 20 mpg or better Fuel injected Computerized system Manual transmission My Reasons... read more
 
Posted by Phillip Seaman Saturday, August 15, 2015 1:17:00 PM

13 months later "Betty Anne" body & paint 

1962 Ford Falcon Coupe (Base) 2-door 13 months after taking ownership "Betty Anne" goes to the shop for body and paint work. Paint color – Rangoon Red Finally the Falcon "Betty Anne" goes in to Affordable Collision Center in Ventura to... read more
 
Posted by Phillip Seaman Friday, August 14, 2015 7:55:00 PM Categories: 1962 Ford Falcon Bodywork Fit! Paint

The Ford Falcon Story 

The Ford Motor Company produced the Falcon family of vehicles from 1960 through the 1970 model years. Everything from sedans to vans to innovative small trucks could be ordered with the Falcon emblem. Originally envisioned as a compact economy car,... read more
 
Posted by Phillip Seaman Thursday, July 2, 2015 7:41:00 PM Categories: 1962 Ford Falcon Begining History

Blown rear end.... 

Well it seems that between Jessie burning rubber and the age of the rear axle it has come to the end of its usable life. We tries replacing the bearing, and it still leaked, so we added a spacer cup to fill it the over sizing. That worked for a week ... read more
 
Posted by Phillip Seaman Monday, June 8, 2015 8:17:00 AM Categories: 1962 Ford Falcon Failures Set-Backs

Classic Car 

Jessie had a passion for classic cars too. I started of looking for late 30's to early 40's cars, that was a huge bust, for now. Then I was looking at late 40's to early 50's, that didn't go so well either. I decided that although it was not my... read more
 
Posted by Phillip Seaman Monday, April 6, 2015 5:31:00 PM Categories: 1962 Ford Falcon Classic Car July 2014 Original Condition

The VIN Explained 

1962 Ford Falcon 2dr Sedan 6-cyl. 170cid/101hp 1bbl A vehicle identification number, or VIN, can reveal a lot about a car: manufacturer, model, build date, plant of origin, body type, and even engine in many cases. But standardization wasn’t... read more
 
Posted by Phillip Seaman Monday, April 6, 2015 4:50:00 PM Categories: 1962 Ford Falcon Classic Car VIN Code

My First Car 

That was the beginning of me becoming an owner of a classic car. I told Jessie that I wanted to be a part of the build and do as much as I possibly could. Remembering my limitations, "I was NOT a mechanic", and after all my heart issues I was not as ... read more
 
Posted by Phillip Seaman Monday, April 6, 2015 3:53:00 PM Categories: 1962 Ford Falcon Classic Car First Car No Engine Original Condition
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This is the story behind how I found stripped, rebuilt, tested and drove my first Classic Car.  Some of it might be interesting while other parts just plain boring.  Sorry but that goes with the territory of building and owning a classic car.  A lot of hurry up and wait...
The first stage, mechanical, took exactly a year to the week to get from towing in an empty shell to driving it out onto the road with brakes working.
The second stage on the project took a lot less time.  It only took 4 weeks to get the bodywork and paint completed.  Of course it took me several weeks of hunting to find and get all the bits and pieces together before I booked the time at Diego's shop (Affordable Collision Center).  He promised me a 4 week time span... I made him sign a contract to that effect with a penalty of $100 per day over the 30 day period.

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It is now Sunday, 16th August, 2015

The car goes into Diego's tomorrow morning at 10am.... it will be a long 30 day wait!

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