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1966 Ford Falcon Pro Mod NOT MUCH LEFT TO DO NOW! 6/19/14


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#1 am73grand

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 12:35 PM

My '58 Plymouth project is well underway...I had a bunch of spare drag parts left over so I decided to try building a cage from scratch. I had this mint AMT '66 Falcon and decided it would look awesome as a drag car. It was very thick and cutting out the doors and trunk were a challenge.

 

Here is where I am at so far:

 

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Thanks for looking!!!

 


Edited by am73grand, 19 June 2014 - 09:00 AM.


#2 Darbo

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 12:46 PM

Nice start, can't wait to see more.



#3 cobraman

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 01:13 PM

Nice !  You don't see the 66 too often.



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 03:30 PM

Looks great keep posting

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 10:04 PM

awesome



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 01:23 AM

great start!!



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 06:23 AM

Ron, the car is looking good, the cage came out looking great!, there is just 1 problem i see, in the picture you have showing the body on the chassis & looking from underneath (the 4th pic down), it looks like the front suspension arms are going to be a little to far forward, it would put your front tires into the front fender, need to bring the arms back a little, shorten the frame in front of the firewall or lengthen the front fenders a little, can't wait to see more of this build!



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 06:34 AM

Looking Good Ron..... keep it going...



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 07:19 AM

Looks good so far!!!!!

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 07:36 AM

Ron, the car is looking good, the cage came out looking great!, there is just 1 problem i see, in the picture you have showing the body on the chassis & looking from underneath (the 4th pic down), it looks like the front suspension arms are going to be a little to far forward, it would put your front tires into the front fender, need to bring the arms back a little, shorten the frame in front of the firewall or lengthen the front fenders a little, can't wait to see more of this build!

 

Good eye Richard! If you look closely, the back edge of the floor pan is inside the body. When installed properly the floor pan sits even with the outside of the body (the back bumper hides it.) This puts my front wheels a little further back....then the struts tilt back towards the firewall. This puts the front tires ALMOST dead center of the wheel wells. (At least it did at mock-up LOL)

 

Thanks for the feedback!!! This whole process of building one of these is completely new to me so I'll take any ideas, corrections,   mistakes you guys see!!!



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Posted 30 March 2013 - 04:45 PM

Great build so far,Keep up the great work.

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 02:35 PM

I pulled this one back out and mocked it up. The chassis/cage was a mess I decided to start over. I've been asked several times about how I make my roll cages. So I'm going to build this one step by step. Here we go!

 

On almost all my drag car builds I use the Revell '55 Chevy pro sportsman kit as a donor. Here is how the firewall looks out of the box. You can see the big mold seam:

 

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Five minutes with a sanding stick we have a smooth firewall:

 

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Next we move to the rear of the floor pan. Here it is out of the box. The brace in the back needs to go.

 

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 02:39 PM

We'll continue. Here it is with the brace removed from between the tubs:

 

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Now that the pan is prepared we can start on the cage. First step is to install these two kit parts along the transmission tunnel:

 

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Then we glue the kit chassis in place. I always add a tube as shown by the pointing blade:

 

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 02:44 PM

Now it is time to start fabbing the cage. I always start with the main hoop. I use a piece of solder to form a prototype hoop then match the styrene rod to it. Speaking of styrene rod this is what I use for cages:

 

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 02:49 PM

With the main hoop formed I then trim it to fit inside the car:

 

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And finally the hoop is glued onto the chassis pan:

 

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Next time we'll start fabbing the rest of the cage. Thanks for looking!!



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Posted 03 May 2014 - 05:41 PM

Nice. The solder is a great idea. Keep up the good work.

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 08:44 PM

Looks very cool!....wish I had that falcon kit though!



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Posted 04 May 2014 - 12:38 AM

Very NICE start, I had a 1:1 66 falcon but it didn't look like that one!  :lol: just had a 6 banger in it and no roll cage!  keep up the good work Ron     :) 



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Posted 04 May 2014 - 05:31 AM

Very nice start.



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Posted 04 May 2014 - 06:36 PM

I m a chev man but these old falcons are cool.Great looking build coming up as always.