1965 Ford Falcon Gets a Coyote Heart
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Updated July 29, 2017
The Ford Falcon was one of the most popular compact cars ever released when it came to the rescue of suburban housewives in the late 60s. The model was offered as an alternative to the larger family sedans of the time, which families looking to buy a second car had no need of. The large and powerful cars and trucks of that time were considered too expensive, and the growing female market demanded smaller and more practical options. The Falcon had direct competition from the Volkswagen Beetle, Chevrolet Corvair and Chrysler Valiant.
Upon its release, the Falcon shattered all sales expectations Ford had set. While it only enjoyed a short window of opportunity, which Ford filled with 5 different body styles, thanks to enthusiasts and collectors, the Falcon has enjoyed a recent spike in popularity as more examples turn out to meets and shows every year.
We can speculate that the recent interest in these cars comes from their compact size and potential to be upgraded and revamped. When you pair that with the one-of-a-kind body style, you have all the ingredients for a classic rebuild. That is exactly what Mark Sword Jr. wanted for his 1965 2nd generation Ford Falcon, and that is exactly what he got.
Sword started by installing a 5.0 L Coyote V8 engine that was about twice the size of the factory Falcon motor. From the original 144-cubic inch engine to a 260-cubic inch engine, the new power was channeled through a Tremec 6-speed transmission. Disc brakes were installed to compensate for the high speeds you never knew a Falcon could reach.
All of these changes were topped off with power steering updates and suspension modifications to help with handling. As it pulls away, you can barely see the stainless-steel pipes tucked behind the bumper.
Inside, screaming red upholstery matches the flamboyant red exterior. On the dash, you’ll find gauges upon gauges which are incredibly eye-catching with chrome accents that mesh very well with some of the original dash components. The shifter on the floor provides a laid-back feel as you take your time cruising down the street.
Overall, Sword was very happy with the project and attributes its success to the wiring harness used for the swap, which was made available by Ford Performance. While some resto-modders are more keen on revamping old Impalas and Mustangs, you can take it from Sword himself when he says, “it was the best decision I’ve made on a build.”