Dale Amy
February 1, 2013

Erik enlisted the seamstressing skills of his mother, Joan, to help reupholster his (formerly her) Falcon's interior, which now sports Mazda RX-7 buckets and a re-skinned rear bench. Custom touches include a Lokar tunnel-mount handbrake (with leather boot to match that of the five-speed shifter), a Falcon Futura console, and a glovebox door borrowed from a Mercury Comet. Black ACC loop-style carpet, a Grant steering wheel, some Auto Meter gauges, and an array of audio gear round out the cabin.

Outside, Erik's Falcon carries more bright work than it did from the factory. Though the side spears are original, he has added stainless trim around the side windows and the base of the rear window, as well as the rocker moldings. The bright trim around the fuel filler is a '60s-era aftermarket piece. Conversely, the bumpers, and some small trim items have been detailed in red to match the body hue. And the "I6" emblem on the front fenders—sourced from a '58 Ford Ranch Wagon—show that Erik is proud of the inline powerplant that resides between those fenders.

Is it done? Nope. "This car will always be a work in progress," Erik admits. "This year it received a two-core aluminum radiator with electric fan, a billet water neck, and front disc brakes with a dual-bowl master cylinder. In the future, it will hopefully receive an 8-inch rearend with a slightly higher [numerical] ratio, and a cold-air intake system."

We told you it was a keeper.

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The Details
Erik Fuerst's 1963 Falcon four-door sedan

Engine

  • 200-cid inline six-cylinder block (from '66 Mustang)
  • Flat-top pistons for 9.8:1 compression
  • 1978-vintage head, ported, polished, and milled with Clifford exhaust-port divider
  • Clifford cam
  • Clifford header
  • Weber 32/36 DFAV double-barrel carb
  • MSD 6A ignition box and Blaster coil
  • Mallory Unilite distributor

Transmission

  • Tremec T-5 five-speed manual by Modern Driveline, based on Mustang V-8 gearbox with Chevy S10 tailshaft

Rearend

  • Ford 7.25-inch axle
  • 3.20:1 gears
  • Open differential

Exhaust

  • 6-into-1 Clifford header, 2.25-inch aluminized exhaust with Flowmaster 40 Series muffler

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Suspension

  • Front: Lowering springs, KYB dampers, 11⁄8-inch antiroll bar
  • Rear: Leaf springs (extra leaf), KYB dampers, ¾-inch antiroll bar, drop blocks

Brakes

  • Front: Disc, 10.25-inch rotors
  • Rear: Drum, 9-inch assembly

Wheels

  • Front: American Racing Casino, 17x7.5, +45mm offset (with spacer)
  • Rear: American Racing Casino, 17x7.5, +45mm offset (with spacer)

Tires

  • Front: BFGoodrich KDW2, P205/40R17
  • Rear: BFGoodrich KDW2, P205/40R17

Interior
'92 Mazda RX-7 bucket seats and stock reupholstered rear bench, custom door trim panels, ACC loop-style carpet, Auto Meter Sport Comp gauges, Grant steering wheel, Lokar handbrake, Falcon Futura console, Mercury Comet glovebox door, Kenwood KDC-128 head unit, two 6-inch round drivers, two 6x9 drivers

Exterior
Rangoon Red base/clear by Kurt Aschenbrenner, bumpers blasted and finished to match, rear bumper notched for exhaust tips, additional bright trim