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How This Happened
Getting It Here
I Bought It
It Lands In The USA
It's here!
First Year Fun
So Now What?
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Beginning Work
Window Removal
Metal Removal
Engine Removal
The Mad Max Interceptor
The Mad Max Movie
That Incredible Blower
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XA to XC Falcons
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My Wife's Incredible 1966 Mustang
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So now it is Fall (October to be exact) of 2005. What is next on the agenda?
The car has been parked in my driveway while I was working on my wife's 1966 Mustang in the garage. Now it is time to straighten up the garage again and rearrange a couple shelving units to make room for the Falcon to fit in there as well. I'll be removing the engine and transmission and then the interior. Luckily our son will have his own place in November. You know what that means? I have a storage room for all my Falcon parts! As quickly as he takes things out of his room I will be placing seats, carpeting, a dashboard, and other body parts in there as I get them stripped down to bare metal. THAT'S the big job.
I will be stripping the car down to bare metal to find all the imperfections and hidden "nasties" that are lurking under there somewhere. I purchased a welder in order to be able to repair/replace any metal that needs it myself. I've welded all of my life and my occupation as a Toolmaker also makes it handy incase I need anything machined.


After I finish all metal work and fit the nose to the front of the car I will be taking the car to a body shop to have the fiberglass pieces put on and to have the body smoothed out and painted. Since the car is going to be black it needs to be perfectly smooth so I am not going to "learn" how to do bodywork on my car and suffer after it is painted and see all my inexperience showing through!
As far as how I am going to build my car I have recently made a major decision just last week (October 13th-ish). For the past two years I had all intentions of building the car as if it were real. That meant a functional blower, a real 600 horsepower at the rear wheels as stated in the movie, and a functional fuel injection system. A reproduction fuel injection throttle body and scoop are readily available as a non-functional unit and has even been engineered as a functional unit with modern electronic fuel injection. Sure, the functional blower would not be "movie correct" as the one in the movie wasn't even complete, but the fuel injection unit sitting on top of it would surely look the part. No replica has been built this way yet and I was looking forward to being the first.
However to do this means incurring the cost of a real blower set-up, real reproduction electronic fuel injection system, race quality engine components, a race ready manual transmission, extra beefy rear axle, and serious beefing up of the chassis of the car. I figured this to come to about $10 - $13,000 just for this aspect on top of just building a reliable car. It also means added time until my car would be finished.
What I have relinquished to doing with my car is to fabricate the fake blower that will have the on-and-off switchable ability like in the movie, be more movie accurate, a more dependable car with less fear of breaking something, and be able to finish it sooner. The engine will be a 351 Cleveland and I expect to build it to produce about 400 horsepower. With the particular cylinder heads that the engine has I presume that torque will be quite high (perhaps around 425 ft. lbs. or a little more) and that is even more important to me than the horsepower figure.
I will be posting progress pictures in another section as there is any to report. I don't plan on doing too much in the winter....but then again.....