David Featherstone
July 1, 2005

We've heard it from the street machine crowd on several occasions: Pro Street is dead! Oh yeah? Street machining is evolutionary, and judging by the quality of Pro Street cars still emerging from garages everywhere, the car hobby is going through another process of growing and evolving.

Mild-looking street machines, which have become restomods, have become all the rage. But when it comes to wild street machines, Pro Street has restomod by the short hairs. Greg Bagwell of Fair Oaks, California, built his '64 Falcon Sprint into this exotic bird of prey using all of the more traditional Pro Street parameters, while cranking in a few of his own thoughts and ideas.

The Falcon hardtop is perched on a custom 2x3-inch Chris Alston chassis with a 12-point rollcage on a 108-inch wheelbase. The front end is set with an Alston tubular upper/lower A-arm independent suspension, Pinto/Mustang II spindles, 600-pound coils, Monroe shocks, and 11-inch Granada disc brakes. The rearend is centered around a 9-inch Ford housing narrowed by Moser. Inside is a 3.50:1 gearset with 31-spline Moser axles, a Traction-Lok differential, 200-pound Alston springs, and 32-inch ladder bars.

Under the bonnet is a '68 vintage Ford 460ci big-block that Greg bumped out to 495 ci. The stock crank sports an offset grind, with Childs & Albert 6.535-inch rods and custom pistons yielding an 8.0:1 compression ratio. The oiling system is revised with a Milodon high-flow oil pump and deep sump pan. The rotating, reciprocating mass down under has been balanced and blueprinted by Mark Hall in North Highlands, California.

On top are ported and polished iron heads equipped with Crane 1.7:1 roller rockers and heavy-duty valvespring retainers. In the middle of the Vee is an Engle .541-inch/268 degree duration camshaft and lifters bumping Milodon pushrods. Greg has chosen to light the mixture with an Electromotive HPU-1 electronic pick-up ignition with a Boost/Retard amplifier and map sensor.

The induction system consists of a Weiand 6-71 supercharger mounted via a Mickey Thompson manifold, topped with a pair of 600-cfm Carters. This manifold (located at the Pomona Swap Meet in 1992) is extremely rare-it is one of three manifolds made for the late Mickey Thompson for his Bonneville LSR car that was blown and alcohol-injected. According to Thompson's old race car partners, the blown Ford project racer was never completed.

The 6-71 blower is underdriven 9-percent off a 3-inch beltdrive. Greg set up the exhaust with a really slick Tim McDowell-built stainless header system that exits via a set of 3-inch Supertrapp mufflers. This engine is believed to produce a solid 730 hp at 6,500 rpm.

The Falcon body is superbly restored, modified, and repainted featuring a fiberglass tilt front end and bumpers modified for the huge 6-71 blower. Greg had Troy Edwards of Citrus Heights, California, apply the gorgeous Bright Calypso Blue paint (actually a '93 Ford Ranger pickup color).

Doc's Graphics did the colorful overtones.

Inside, the interior is equally finished out in custom gray textured tweed and cloth fabric over Pontiac Fiero seats, new door panels, and a black custom dashboard fitted with Auto Meter instruments and a Grant steering wheel.

Anyway you look at this exotic Falcon, it is an outstanding heavy hitter with plenty of horses to smack you back in the seat and set this bird flying.