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Post by Guest on Sat Aug 17, 2013 11:44 am

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Post by 75X11 on Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:59 pm

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Post by Bill Cahill on Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:58 pm

Looks like that falcon is for the birds. How did they ever get it up there??
Looks like tree is toast.

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Post by Wildcat445 on Sat Aug 17, 2013 8:28 pm

It looks like a 1960. That is a pretty rare Falcoon. My wife had a new '63. Quite possibly the slowest Ford ever built. A kid on a tricycle could outrun it from a stoplight. It got great gas mileage, but that was unimportant in the days of the big V-8.

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Post by Guest on Sat Aug 17, 2013 11:21 pm

Did you notice it's a right hand drive? If you know your Falcons you can tell it's a 6 cyl. model too.

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Post by Bill Cahill on Sun Aug 18, 2013 3:40 am

How can you see that? I sure can't.

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Post by Wildcat445 on Sun Aug 18, 2013 9:41 am

It also has the left axle hanging out. Since the car is sitting at an angle, why does the axle not just slide out? I smell Photoshop. I never heard of a right hand drive Falcon, although I suppose that they were imported to Australia and places that use right hand drive. IIRC, were not all Falcons six cylinder thru mid-1963? I am certainly no Falcon expert, but my wife loved her little POS. It had the 144 engine and Ford-O-Matic drive. The starter on my Buick would pull a car better than the engine in her Falcon.

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Post by Guest on Sun Aug 18, 2013 9:53 am

were not all Falcons six cylinder thru mid-1963?

I'm not sure about that but, the front wheel has 4 lugs which were on the 6 cyl. cars and the 5 cyl. cars had 5 lug wheels. There were many right hand drive Fords built elsewhere but the photo may have been reversed.

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Post by Ron Pond on Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:27 am

That is what was branded a Ford Falcon, 1963 model XL here in Australia. No photo shop.  

Google '1963 Ford falcon XL' and check "images".

Used a 144 or a 177 pursuit 6 cylinder engine here.

It is resting in an Australian native Eucalyptus tree (gum tree) and it has a 1960s New South Wales (Australian State) license plate.

Slow as a wet week compared to the later Ford V8s.

It seems as though we have a penchant for sticking cars and other large bits of machinery in trees down here..... I've seen a few in my travels over the years don't know the reason why.  

About 30 miles from where I now live, there was an old Cessna 150 in a tree not far off the highway. It remained there for years until the tree was hit by lightning.

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Post by Wildcat445 on Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:40 am

Thanks for sharing, Ron. Were Ford automobiles actually manufactured in Australia, or were they imported? I know that Kaiser built cars in Australia for a time. Models were different but the cars were close to the same.

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Post by Guest on Mon Aug 19, 2013 1:24 pm


It looks like Australia still has a Ford Falcon;
http://www.ford.com.au/cars/new-falcon

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Post by Bill Cahill on Mon Aug 19, 2013 2:45 pm

Phooey! Computer crashes......
That new one is not very pretty, but, looks impressive, otherwise.
I watched the ad.
Thanks, Ron, for sharing your information as well..

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Post by Wildcat445 on Mon Aug 19, 2013 4:33 pm

You're right, Bill. It is not very pretty. Probably a version of a Ford Something from here in the states. It is probably faster than the wife's old '63 Falcon was.

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Post by Ron Pond on Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:37 pm

Hi guys,

Ford has been making cars here for 90 years but in two years they will cease production here;

http://www.cnet.com.au/ford-to-end-90-years-of-australian-car-production-339344381.htm

Lots of workers will lose their jobs and the flow-on effect on car parts suppliers and other peripheral companies will hit hard also.

According to Ford USA, the parent company, it is now more expensive to make cars here than their selling price.

We're being overrun lately with cheap and nasty Chinese and Indian cars that do not pass basic safety standards in some of our States but are freely being sold in others with less stringent standards.  One of their big sellers here is by a company called Great Wall......

Scary.....

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Post by Wildcat445 on Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:49 pm

Thank you again for the great information.

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Post by Doug Burskey on Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:03 pm

Ford in Canada built a version of the 1960 Falcon called a Frontenac. It was sold by Mecury dealers in Canada for one year only.It was replaced by the Comet in 1961

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Post by jerryhawthorne on Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:32 pm

Don't knock the 63 Falcons. My dad (in the US) bought a 63 1/2 Falcon sprint convertible when I was in college. Damn that was one fast car with the 260V8 and a four speed. Unsafe at any speed as the power exceeded the handling. Don't ask me how I know.
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