The cooling demands of the stroked small-block, not to mention its air conditioning hardware, were also too much for the stock radiator, so an upgraded aluminum replacement from Northern is now onboard after the original split at one of the car's first big show outings. Early in 2010, John also swapped out his Top Loader transmission for a five-speed T-5. The result? "It's brought highway cruising down from 3,000 rpm to around 2,000," says John. "It has also contributed to lower engine temperatures and better gas mileage (17 mpg on the road with air conditioning)." This is important because John says he doesn't store and trailer his Falcon—he drives it. Having photographed it there, we can confirm that one of the places he drove was way up to Dearborn, Michigan, for the Falcon Club of America's 50th Anniversary celebration.
And this Falcon won't suffer the same fate as the two he owned (and sold) in his teen years. This one's a definite keeper, and John figures it will be his children who will eventually make the decision when to sell it, but only after he's gone.
No doubt about it: early Falcons were smoothly sculpted, with a look that has aged very gracefully. John Kutzlo's '63 hardtop now wears just about every piece of chrome or stainless trim ever conceived for the compact, including classic Cragars complete with spinners. And yes, those rear skins are just a little beefier than stock.
John Kutzlo's '63 Falcon hardtop