Retirement

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 first choice of period it was better to look at the muscle cars of the early 60's for a first effort.

I found what I thought was a great starter car, a 1962 Ford Falcon.  Jessie's ears perked up, I knew he had a black 1962 Falcon that he had built into a "sleeper" drag car.  Full bore V8 Super-Charger sub 10 second and all that stuff... way out of my league.  His first statement was I have one you might be interested in?  I thought what the heck do I want with a drag car?  No you can't afford that one, I have another, a red one stashed away.  I said what for "spare parts", little did I know I hit the nail on the head... Jessie had indeed bought this car for the simple purpose of stripping the headlight rims off for his black car.  It had no engine and the drivers door was a bit smashed and laying on the roof of the car.  I took one look it and said "SOLD". 

 


It's a clean body with a good frame & interior.

 

  
Almost all the chrome is there too.

It was now the end of July 2014 - the project begins

Posted by Phillip Seaman Monday, April 6, 2015 5:31:00 PM Categories: 1962 Ford Falcon Classic Car July 2014 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!