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Brett Russell's '65 Falcon Futura
Walking the show field first thing Saturday morning, we spied a huge crowd around one of the cars in the front row of the show. As we moved in for a closer look we imagined this might be one of those jaw-dropping situations where someone wrinkled some sheetmetal on the way to an event. But once we got close enough to slip through the crowd and get a look at what was stopping everyone in their tracks we were relieved to see it was "only" a super clean Pro Street-looking Falcon. We don't know if it was the stance, the super wide rubber out back, the killer paint, or the fully finished street interior in the car, but once the hood went up the crowd only got thicker trying to get a better view of the blown EFI small-block motivating the Falcon. Once we found Brett Russell, the owner, we had to learn the details.
Having owned well over a dozen Mustangs over the years Brett's last purchase was a '96 Mustang Cobra. After dropping a blower onto the 32-valve modular, throwing some gears out back, and having some fun, the car got a little too well known if you catch our drift, and the insurance premium on the Cobra was too much to bear with the weight of all those tickets on Brett's license. It also didn't help that you couldn't swing a crankshaft without hitting another SN-95 Mustang that looked just like it-not what some people call original. Brett decided to build something dif-ferent; still fast, but something that got a ton of looks too and you wouldn't see on every street corner or parked next to him on the show field. That's when he found the Falcon.
Brett, shown here with his dad, Howard, spent 5 years building the Falcon. It was a very solid car when he found it, allowing him to put more money in suspension and engine upgrades instead of dumping a lot of cash into metal repairs. Some of those upgrades include wheeltubs situated over a 3x2 back-half chassis with coilovers built by Green County Speed, which allow the huge Mickey Thompson's out back room to breathe when the go pedal hits the carpet. Up front, a Rod & Custom Motorsports Mustang II assembly, also using coilovers, was installed by Brett himself.
Under the hood resides a small-block machined by King Performance and screwed together by Brett. Displacing 347ci and helped with a set of Trick Flow Twisted Wedges force fed by a Vortech V-2 pulled for 12 psi of boost, Brett uses the Anderson Ford Motorsport Series 4 PMS to control the EFI to his liking.
Inside, a full interior using late-model Cougar sport seats and cut down rear seats, Vintage Air A/C, a full stereo, carpeting, and more make the car a pleasure to ride in. Finished about two years, it might look wild, but the Falcon is actually a very tame car if you stay out of the boost. Brett even takes the family in the Falcon to Sunday church when the weather is right.