It's always exciting to find a diamond in the rough. Vintage-car types like us can see beyond the torn interior, faded paint, and sagging springs. We're able to visualize the finished product in our mind's eye while all of our friends and loved ones think we're crazy. We know that if the subject is basically rust-free and hasn't been hit, the potential for greatness is there.
With a subject meeting these requirements, there should be nothing but green lights on your restoration/modification horizon. Whether it's a Mustang, a Fairlane, or a Ranchero, we know the finished product will be well worth the effort.
However, any vehicle over 30 years old with original-equipment suspension needs a rebuild. It's the first major project you should plan on your journey to automotive greatness. Sound underpinnings should be the basis for all of your subsequent upgrades. Stated another way-a great powertrain isn't going to be any fun if your rig is all over the road. Because the Falcon platform is one of its priorities, Dearborn Classics of Bend, Oregon, was ready to assist with our '64 Falcon Ranchero. In our case, we decided to do both the front and rear suspension at once; our deck would then be clear for any subsequent upgrades.
Suspension work is among the most difficult and frustrating chores out there, and this is why the labor cost on a rebuilt suspension can be high. It's a lot of work that will get your hands very dirty. However, it's something you can do yourself, and if you do, you'll save a ton of money. You'll need a good-quality spring compressor to handle the most dangerous aspect of the job, and also a means of separating the ball joints from the spindle. A pickle fork in an air chisel works great, but if you don't have compressed air at home, a good two-jawed puller and some heat will work wonders.