Retirement

Our first outing was pretty much a non-event, thank goodness.

The drive to and from the April 4th Newbury Park Cruise Nite (our 1st Cruise with the Falcon) was a good drive. The car didn't act up that much but it is still a learning experience for me.

First Cruise Nite - Newbury Park, Ca.
Showing off the car & power house.

As the cruise evening was winding down and we were just deciding on when to leave Anne asked to check the light, a good thing too, as many time as Jessie and I had checked the lights there was now a small issue. The headlights were working well, high and low beam, the brake lights were working too, BUT the rear lights were both DEAD! The right turn signal was working but the left only worked when the key was in the ON position!!! With that enlightenment we decided to leave now so we could get back to the house before sunset and get a stupid fix-it ticket.

Going from my 1991 toy car, a Mazda Miata with a 1.2 liter engine, to a V6 4 liter is quite a jump. This Falcon sure has some horses under her and she really does giddy up and go when you put your foot down.

Jessies work - the power house
Showing off the power house (Sticker for Jessie I made shown at top)

As the cruise evening was winding down and we were just deciding on when to leave Anne asked to check the light, a good thing too, as many time as Jessie and I had checked the lights there was now a small issue. The headlights were working well, high and low beam, the brake lights were working too, BUT the rear lights were both DEAD! The right turn signal was working but the left only worked when the key was in the ON position!!! With that enlightenment we decided to leave now so we could get back to the house before sunset and get a stupid fix-it ticket.

Anne showing off the car
Anne making the car look really good!

I am not bored really... just can't believe that I am actually here!!!
Not bored... just in disbelief!

 

Going from my 1991 toy car, a Mazda Miata with a 1.2 liter engine, to a V6 4 liter is quite a jump. This Falcon sure has some horses under her and she really does giddy up and go when you put your foot down.

Posted by Phillip Seaman Sunday, April 5, 2015 5:42:00 PM Categories: 1962 Ford Falcon April 2015 Cruise First Car
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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!