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Homemade 'fenderwell' Headers. I should mention that my friend Billy Roscom (Billys Hot Rods) is doing the majority of the work on my cars and the Falcons.
The pic below has the Hilborn unit that is going on the Ranchero. It was just a 'what if' pic. This is the 377" that went in the sedan.
I have a friend that built a '61 Falcon sedan with a 377" SBC & PG. He has a 58 Dodge truck axle assy. up front and a 12 bolt Chevy rear now on coilovers. Very nice running car.
He is now building a Falco Ranchero. 4 bar w/coilovers rear, a dropped tube front assy. from Speedway. BBC, 6-71 & PG. Lightened all throughout. This is from construction.
Originally the "Moon" tanks were for higher octane gas, and guys would have a dedicated tank, or a valve to select the Moon tank during races. NHRA finally made the tanks illegal if they stuck out past the frame rails, so they got moved inside, and out of sight. People like myself who build clones of the old gassers still put them out front, but either aren't hooked up, or used as overflows for the radiator. I use mine as a catch can, and put a drain valve in the bottom to drain coolant if needed.
Yes that answered my big question and that makes total sense! Why those others couldn't just say that I'll never know. Thanks so much for telling me Vall I love to learn new things about cars! One more question tho. I assume the tank in the front partially backspaced into the grille is a water reservoir for cooling am I correct?
Chiseum, If you mean why are they sitting nose up; then the reason was weight transfer. In the gasser era tire technology was pretty basic, and nobody sold sticky soft tires like today's cars run. So to make the cars launch and hook up better, the frontends were raised in one way or another to plant the rear at launch. Sometimes the front was just taller coil springs and A arm spacers. Other times it was installing a truck, or tube straight axle to get the front higher. Cars got so high in front that NHRA eventually made a 24" rule, which stated the center of the crankshaft could not be more than 24" off the ground. The technology was also not around for narrowing rear axles, and many guys on a budget just put a big truck axle in the back for strength. That meant that many cars had to have the rear wheelwells radius to allow the slicks to hang outside and not rub. Hope this answers the question you had?
Okay this gonna sound stupid but if I dont ask I'll never know. No one in my family had anything to do with gasser cars so they can't tell me just why did ya build them the way ya do? Is there a performance reason? did it just look cool? just why I never quite grasped the concept. Please dont give me the usual "ah you wouldnt understand" or "you would of had to been there" or the one that boils my top the "your to young for these cars stick with your own types" . Ya are the coolest car guys I know please enlighten me. Thanks
"Isn't the second one back on the top yours Val?
When ya gonna come over here and terrorize Clark County with that bad boy?"
Yeah, I think that might be an earlier version of my '63 1/2 Bruce! The falcon is apart right now for winter upgrades. Just put the 4 speed back in after swapping to a Lakewood bellhousing. As part of the swap I'm also going to a hydraulic clutch master/slave, as the heavy pressure plate has more pedal pressure than I like. Also finishing up the interior this winter, and doing a few things to the suspension on the Austin. Might be spring before the Falcon is back on your side of the river. I did take it to a few events over there this summer. Guess we just didn't see each other?
Isn't the second one back on the top yours Val?
When ya gonna come over here and terrorize Clark County with that bad boy?
Our Falcons need to be able to spread our wings and fly! LOL Looks like '61-'62 era cars?
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