1963 Ford Falcon

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Since we started off the week with a Falcon cartruck, we might as well take a look at an early Falcon with no truck bed. This '63 usually parks on the same block as the '69 VW Beetle, not far from where a Navy A7 crashed in the early 70s and became a grim Alameda legend. We've seen a couple of Falcons in this series, including a '62 and another '63 (if you consider the Mercury Comet to be a Falcon, then we've also seen this '64 and this '65).

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This one is a beater, no doubt about it, but it's driving every day and holding its head up high at age 45 (while other cars head to The Crusher at age 15 or 20).

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The slow-motion manner in which rust works around here means that there's not much urgency when the red stuff strikes; if you grind off some paint while doing bodywork, you can always wait until mañana to get some primer on there. Now we're in the dry season, with no rain likely until November or so.

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In 1963, your base Falcon came with a 144-cubic-inch six and cost just $2,257 for the 2-door. That was about 700 bucks more than the Beetle that year, but still one of the cheaper cars out there. Buyers with a fatter bankroll could go ahead and get the 260 or 289 V8s.



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Raphael Orlove

@Triborough: I think I've seen that very car. It was ina sort of gentrified no-man's-land between the East Village and the Lower East Side. That area in the conjunction between Alphabet City, the East Village, and the Lower East Side is an absolute heaven for vintage Detroit iron. On 4th St. just east of Bowery (or whatever they call that street there, the one with the B Bar on the corner), there's a Hemi Dodge Dart GTS, and around there there's more vintage metal than you'd believe. Pink Dodges, glimmering white finned Caddies, a bright yellow Eldorado convertible, a black-striped golden Skylark, it's, it's, it's just beautiful.