Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
June 17, 2011

"The Sprint was mocked up, but there wasn't any wiring and it obviously wasn't running," says Ryan. "It needed a wiring harness, computer, and updates to the transmission at the bare minimum. We brought the Falcon home and I started working on the intercooler plumbing and some other things. We thought about flipping the car," recalls Ryan. "Me and my dad fell in love with the car, though, and it became a passion." It probably helped that Dick Thomas is also a died-in-the-wool Ford guy. Once Ryan did what he could at home, the Falcon moved back to Tim's shop.

Though the Falcon was originally destined for the indoor show circuit, those types of events aren't really Ryan and his father's thing, so as ridiculously detailed as the car would be, it would be a driver, too. "We blew it apart and made some changes that Ryan wanted to do," says Tim. "We smoothed out all of the chassis welds, and Ryan did all of the wiring." A wiring harness from the Detail Zone gave power to the Falcon, and Kicker donated a host of audio equipment.

Once Ryan completed his work, Tim's wife, Carrie Strange, picked out the interior colors, dropped in the rug and stitched up the seat covers. On the exterior, Tim sprayed the Dupont Hot Hues Amber Ecstasy and Charcoal Gray paint. Subtle body mods abound, and you can read about the complete list in the details section.

As cool as the modern industrial theme is with this Falcon, it's the details that really separate it from others. Tim still rides BMX bikes, and used some handlebar stems for various components including the gas tank mounts. The BMX theme continues in the interior, where Tim fabricated the brake pedal out of a pair of TNT Bicycles caged aluminum pedals. For the body side molding, the factory trim was removed and in its place is an aluminum half oval that Tim sourced from a prosthetic limb manufacturer. Tim also hates intake manifolds such as the stock DOHC Cobra pieces that have the inlets on one side, so he fabricated a new intake manifold along with some fuel rail covers.

From the time Ryan dropped the car off right after Christmas, until the Detroit Autorama the following March, Ryan made the road trip from Minnesota to Illinois every weekend for those two and a half months. The following summer, a bad tune-up in the ECM cooked the mod motor, but Ford Racing Performance Parts stepped in to help Ryan out with a new Aluminator engine, and Dynospeed helped Ryan with the SCT tuning to get it right.

"It was a pleasure working with Tim, and I look forward to building another ride with him," says Ryan. "We've become good friends." Ryan told us that he and his father plan to drive the Falcon all over this summer to a number of events. The Falcon has the pedigree, now it just needs the experience.