Posted tagged ‘Falcon’

Happy Birthday, Ford Falcon!

September 3, 2009

Falcon_50th_cakeIt’s hard to believe that it’s been 50 years since the Ford Falcon made its debut in the fall of 1959. In fact it was on this very day. It’s strange to have watched these little cars change over the years.

From 1960-63 they stayed the cheap little compact car.

Then in 1964-65, the bodies changed and the car had more stylish good looks. You could get sedans, hardtops, convertibles, Rancheros, station wagons, or a sedan delivery! The choices were almost endless.

Then came the 1966-69 Falcon. It was kinda crossed between a Falcon and Fairlane. Ford only offered 6-cylinder, 289 and 302 in these cars. I don’t know why they didn’t offer a big block option. I think that would have been great. Don’t you?

It’s a shame the Falcon didn’t last longer than it did. But then again, if they hadn’t made them they would not have made the Mustang since the Mustang was based off the Falcon.

Now if you ever visit Australia you can still see new Ford Falcons over there. They are really neat! At least somebody is keeping the Falcons from becoming extinct.

So the next time you go to a car show , drag races or even a cruise-in, keep your eyes wide open because you may just see some of that classic Ford history rolling right pass you!

So on behalf of myself, Auto Krafters and all Ford fans….HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY!


Auto Krafters Announces the Release of 2 New Catalogs

March 31, 2009

2009 Falcon Catalog Cover

2009 Falcon Catalog Cover

The all new 2009 Falcon catalog is back from the printers. We’ve added a lot of new parts and accessories in this issue for the 1960-70 1/2 Falcon, 1960-65 Comet, and the 1960-66 Ranchero. The cover features a stunning 1961 Falcon 2-door sedan from a customer in Front Royal, Virginia. It’s one of our nicest Falcon catalogs yet.
2009 Pinto Catalog Cover

2009 Pinto Catalog Cover

We have also introduced a 12 page catalog for the 1971-80 Ford Pinto and 1975-80 Mercury Bobcat. We know the jokes that have been around for years about the Pinto, but we have had so many requests from Pinto fans to start carrying items for the car.

Be sure to take a look at both new catalogs. Check out the Falcon catalog here. Check out the Pinto catalog here.

Just to let you know what’s coming up next, we will have a new truck catalog that combines both the 1973-79 F-Series and the 1980-96 F-Series. It will also include the 1978-96 Bronco. Keep an eye out for it.

Ford Model Consolidation?

March 20, 2009



There has been a lot of talk lately about consolidating model lines to save money for auto makers. Some years ago, Futurama had an episode that featured the all new “Thundercougarfalconbird”. Here’s my take on it. Hope you enjoy it. 🙂
(No, this is not a real car.)

My 1963 Falcon Project Car

February 27, 2009

Do you remember the first time you ever saw a Ford Falcon? I do. I was 10 years old when my dad came home from his buddy’s house with this gray primer ’64 Falcon Futura. I thought,  “This car is awesome!” It had a 351w with a C4 tranny, a 9 inch rear with 411 gears. That car was fast. Ever since then I’ve been addicted to Falcons.

Here’s a picture of my ’63 Falcon that I got from my dad. It took me 5 years to get it, but I finally did.

My 1963 Falcon

My 1963 Falcon

The car is a 1963 Falcon 2dr. hardtop. The original 260 V-8 and 2-speed automatic are long gone! So far in the past year I have mini tubbed the car and painted it with a great buddy of mine. As for the drive train, it now has a 347 stroker with a world class T5 tranny. It also has a 200hp shot of nitrous. The rear has a Mustang 8.8 with 3.55:1 gears with 31 spline Moser axles and an Auburn pro locker posi unit. We had the cowl hood made about 6 years ago. The car does have air conditioning as well. I love to go fast, but at the same time I like to stay nice and cool.

So far about 85% of the parts have come from Auto Krafters. Be looking for some interior shots as well as the disc brake conversion I am in the middle of doing right now.

From the President’s Desk: TV Fords

February 20, 2009
Mission Impossible

Mission Impossible

Most of us grew up in the 1960s watching black and white TV. Living in rural south central Nebraska, and until 1968, we only received 2 channels. It was quite a treat to get a new Sylvania color TV in ’68 and also install a large roof top antenna that allowed us to finally receive NBC. Prior to the antenna we used rabbit ears and received only ABC for many years, followed by CBS about 1965. For those of us who like old Fords, we are fortunate that Ford Motor Company lent cars to many series of the ’60s for promotional purposes.

Here are a few of the series I remember as having primarily Ford automobiles in them. I must add here that for several years I have collected old TV show on VHS and now DVDs so I get to watch these shows frequently. Everyone has seen the Andy Griffith show. The shows featured full size Fords as Mayberry’s police cars and lots of Comets and Falcons showed up as well around town. Rich tourists drove T’birds and when Barney bought a used car, which turned out to be lemon, it was a 55 or 56 Ford convertible. You would think Ford would have required them to use a Chevy for that episode. 😉

Here is a partial list of shows that used Fords and/or Mercurys. I am sure you will think of others.

• Perry Mason (went back and forth from GM to Ford)

• Arrest and Trial (Starring Chuck Conners and Ben Gazzara)

• The FBI (in COLOR!)

• Hawaii 5-0

• Highway Patrol (Used a lot of Buicks and Plymouths, but also used Mercurys)

• 77 Sunset Strip

• Mission Impossible

• The Streets of San Francisco

• Starsky and Hutch

• Cannon

• Dragnet

• Hunter

• Charlie’s Angels

Here is a interesting link from Ford about it’s current movie and TV cars.

Got any more additions?

From the Research Department 1/20/09

January 20, 2009

This is a new adventure for me. I have read blogs, but I have never written one, which you will probably pick up on right away. As a matter of fact, I only just recently found out what a blog is. For instance, what is a Meta? Does anyone know? I don’t. So buckle up, this could be a rough ride!

A lot of new parts were added this week. Some are listed below.

• Owner’s manuals for 1965, 1966 and 1967 full-size Ford cars, B369265, B369266 and B369267.

• Upper and lower control arms for the 74-78 Pinto / Bobcat, D5FZ-3082PR and D7FZ-3078PR. These are new old stock and have some surface rust on them. Sold in pairs only. Because they are NOS, supplies are very limited.

• Brake and/or clutch pedal pad for the Pinto, D1FZ-2457B.

• Disc brake dust shields for Fairlane, Torino, Comet, Montego, Falcon, Mustang and Cougar are also new, C9OZ-2K004/5.

Check often, because we are adding new items all the time.

PS: Don’t tell me what a Meta is. I really don’t want to know. Slow down and be careful.