Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
June 13, 2012
Photos By: Keith Kanak

Bob's original plans for the engine included an all-aluminum Roush 427, but in Brandon's mind, it wouldn't be enough. To that end, Brandon suggested going all out with the biggest, baddest, and meanest engine that Ford Racing made at the time--a 521ci big-block. Bob agreed to that as long as Brandon could equip it with everything else, meaning power steering, air conditioning, and more. Turns out, the big-block was actually much cheaper, made more power, and in the end, probably garners more looks.

With the powertrain set, Bob, like most people, agonized over the exterior color. Originally Sky Blue with a painted white top, the Falcon wasn't exactly the epitome of a muscle car. Bob considered a dark green hue at first, but later found himself at a Ford dealership eyeing a new Mustang in Windveil Blue. Brandon suggested the gray accent stripe that was designed to match the centers of the American Racing Torq Thrust D wheels.

As Bob and Brandon were sorting out the exterior design, Brandon wanted to slick out the body, and ditch the chrome trim completely. Bob was adamant in keeping the chrome, but agreed to Brandon's suggestion to nickel plate every single piece for a unique look. It wasn't an inexpensive endeavor, but Bob tells us that everyone notices the end result. "I get a lot of compliments at car shows about it."

Since finishing the Falcon, Bob's Sprint has won a handful of Best of Show trophies. It's always turning heads when the big-block comes thundering onto the show grounds, and Bob is quick to point out that he drives the Falcon everywhere, and to every show.

Though the end result should be enough for you to believe that Bob's automotive treasure is indeed his Falcon, if there are any doubters, consider this; Bob bought a Boss 302 Mustang to restore around the same time as the Falcon purchase--this is the one he finished first. And before the Boss gets its turn under the restoration knife, Bob recently acquired a '65 Falcon Sprint convertible for his wife that is next. Bob tells us that the ragtop is one of 300 made, and one of 17 that are known to be registered. The 60,000-mile bird is still running its original 289 small-block, C4 transmission, and original paint, and was purchased from the original owner's son. It is getting a rotisserie concours resto due to its rare status. Though fortunes have come and gone, it sounds like Bob Wyndle has struck it rich once again.

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The Details

Robert and Laurie Wyndle's '64 Falcon Sprint
Engine

  • 521ci big-block Ford, Ford Racing Performance Parts (FRPP) cast-iron block
  • 4.360-inch bore
  • 4.300-inch stroke
  • Nodular iron crankshaft
  • Eagle 6.605-inch forged steel H-beam connecting rods
  • FRPP forged aluminum dished pistons
  • FRPP Super Cobra Jet aluminum cylinder heads, 2.20-inch intake/1.76-inch exhaust valves, 1.73:1 aluminum roller rocker arms
  • FRPP solid roller camshaft, 254/258-duration at 0.050, 0.647-inch valve lift
  • Edelbrock Victor aluminum intake manifold
  • Holley 1050 Dominator carburetor
  • 10:1 compression ratio
  • 580 hp/600 lb-ft of torque

Transmission

  • C6 automatic built by Benny Edwards Racing Transmissions (Peoria, IL)
  • TCI Streetfighter manual valvebody
  • TCI Streetfighter 3,500rpm-stall converter
  • Turbo Action SCS Cheetah shifter

Exhaust

  • Custom long-tube headers built by Duffee Motorsports (Glendale, AZ), 1 7-8-inch primaries, 3-inch collectors, Jet-Hot coated
  • Flowmaster mufflers, 3-inch exhaust tubing, Jet-Hot coated

Rearend

  • Ford 9-inch, narrowed
  • Moser 31-spline axles and 3.70 gears

Suspension

  • Front: Heidts Superride II IFS, coilover shocks, Heidts power rack-and-pinion steering
  • Rear: Heidts four-link with Panhard bar, coilover shocks

Chassis

  • Subframe connectors
  • Firewall moved back 5 inches
  • Rear mini-tubs
  • Custom front inner fenderwells
  • Modified transmission tunnel

Brakes

  • Front: Wilwood disc, 11-inch rotors, four-piston calipers
  • Rear: Wilwood disc, 11-inch rotors, two-piston calipers
  • Wilwood master cylinder hidden in driver's front fender

Tires

  • Front: Mickey Thompson Sportsman S/R radials, 24x5.00x15LT
  • Rear: Mickey Thompson Sportsman S/R radials, 26x12.00x15LT

Wheels

  • Front: American Racing Torq Thrust D, 15x4.5
  • Rear: American Racing Torq Thrust D, 15x10

Interior

  • Medium Blue vinyl upholstery restored by Joe Reese (Wickenburg, AZ), bucket seats, wood AC Cobra-style steering wheel, original AM radio, Auto Meter instrumentation, Vintage Air HVAC

Exterior

  • Customized Ford Windveil Blue with gray accent, basecoat/clearcoat paint by Brandon's Auto Body (Morristown, AZ), shaved bumpers, all chrome trim nickel plated

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