Technical Articles

as appeared in National Falcon News

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2017

5/17 – Detailing Your Falcons Engine Bay (Wally Tirado)

2016

2/16 – Drum Brakes to Disc Brakes (Dick Harrington)
3/16 – Leaf Spring Replacement (Jeff Schira)
4/16 – 1966 Econoline Models & Specifications (Literature)
5/16 – 1960-62 Water Heated Carburetor Spacer (Literature)
6/16 – Gas Fill Tube Modification (Ray McVey)
9/16 – Electronic Ignition Conversion (Barney Gaylord)
11/16 – 1960-1965 Coil Spring Specifications (Jeff Thomas)

2015

03/15 – Cleaning Carburetor Air Cleaner Element (Literature)
07/15 – Fixing My 1964 Falcon Fuel Filler Problem (Larry Schierman)
08/15 – Fuel Spillage Fix (Bob Balsie)

2014

00/14 – 1963 V-8 Falcon Engineer Tech Presentation (Literature)
01/14 – Gas Leaks and “Rubber” Fuel Lines (Phil Barber)
08/14 – Installing Trunk Torsion Bar Springs (Dick Harrington)
09/14 – Bypass the Headlight Fuse Block (1960-64) (Dick Harrington)

2013

01/13 – Bucket Seat Restoration: Part Three (Dick Harrington)
02/13 – Brakes and Suspension (Paul Garrigan)
07/13 – How To Best Ask Your Tech Advisor For Advice (Phil Barber)
09/13 – Protect Your Paint When Installing Fenders (Bruce Wolfe)
09/13 – Pine Sap Removal / Engine Fumes (Phil Barber)

2012

01/12 – Timing Tech Tip (Jim Bycroft)
02/12 – A Wee Bit About Your Brakes (Ted Boothroyd)
04/12 – Homemade Electromechanical Shifter (Rick Heth)
07/12 – You Can Do It! Seat Repair & Upholstery (Bill Lind)
09/12 – Lumbar For Your Bucket Seats (Dick Harrington)
10/12 – Bucket Seat Restoration: Part One (Dick Harrington)
11/12 –Bucket Seat Restoration: Part Two (Dick Harrington)


2011

02/11 – Dash Pad Replacement for 1964-1965 Falcons (Dick Harrington)
03/11 – Falcon Ranchero…For Town and Country (Literature)
04/11 – Understanding the Falcon Steering Box (Dick Harrington)
05/11 – Bread Bag Tab – Removal and Installation of a FOMOCO Voltage Regulator used with a Generator (Phil Barber)


2010

01/10  –So You Want to Restore a Falcon? Part 14 – Finished Paint (Dick Harrington)
01/10 – So You Want to Restore a Falcon? Part 15 – Let the Assembly Process Begin (Dick Harrington)
02/10 – So You Want to Restore a Falcon? Part 16 – Rear Axle and Rear Brakes (Dick Harrington)
03/10 – 1964 Falcon Futura/Sprint Vinyl Trim Kit (Dearborn Classics)
03/10 – 1965-Head Light Alignment (Literature)
03/10 – Put an End to the Falcon Gas Fill Ballet (Dick Harrington)
04/10 – So You Want to Restore a Falcon? Part 17- Front Disc Brakes (Dick Harrington)
05/10 – So You Want to Restore a Falcon? Part 18 -Installation of the Drive Train (Dick Harrington)
05/10 – A Brief History of the Convertible Automobile and Top Care Tips (Literature)
06/10 – So You Want to Restore a Falcon? Part 19 – Glass/Wiring Harness (Dick Harrington)
06/10 – Tech Tip: Make Your Falcon Trunk Roomier (Phil Barber)
07/10 – So You Want to Restore a Falcon? Part 20 –Wrapping up! Interior and Exterior Trim (Dick Harrington)
07/10 – Tech Tip: Charging Odyssey® Drycell Type Batteries (Bill Lind)


2009

01/09 – The C-4 Transmission (Jim Smart)
01/09 – So You Want to Restore a Falcon? Part 3 – Let the Work Begin, Interior and Exterior Trim Removal (Dick Harrington)
02/09 – So You Want to Restore a Falcon? Part 4 – Engine and Transmission Removal (Dick Harrington)
02/09 – Don’t Settle For Generic Hoses (Melody Schumaker)
03/09 – So You Want to Restore a Falcon? Part 5 – Suspension Removal (Dick Harrington)
04/09 – So You Want to Restore a Falcon? Part 6 – Repairing the Damaged Right Front Corner (Dick Harrington)
05/09 – So You Want to Restore a Falcon? Part 7 – Repairing the Rust Damage (Dick Harrington)
06/09 – So You Want to Restore a Falcon? Part 8 – Repairing the Body Damage (Dick Harrington)
06/09 – Installing Mustang’s Dual Exhaust on a Falcon/Flex Fan Vibration (Mike Henchey)
07/09 – Opening a Stuck Tailgate Window (Jon von Zelowitz)
07/09 – So You Want to Restore a Falcon? Part 9 – More Rust Damage Repair (Dick Harrington)
07/09 – Hooker Headers Manufacture & Install (Bruce Thompson)
08/09 – So You Want to Restore a Falcon? Part 10 – Stripping Paint, Removing the Old Paint (Dick Harrington)
08/09 – Spark Plugs: Removal, Cleaning, Inspection, Installation/Wheel Bearing Adjustment w/Disc Brakes
09/09 – So You Want to Restore a Falcon? Part 11 – Leveling the Body (Dick Harrington)
10/09 – So You Want to Restore a Falcon? Part 12 – Restoration Decisions (Dick Harrington)
10/09 – 1960 Ford Falcon, Frontenac Preview (Larry Hrabok)
11/09 – So You Want to Restore a Falcon? Part 13 – Engine Detailing (Dick Harrington)


2008

01/08 – Front End Alignment (Dick Harrington)
01/08 – Operation, Testing, Servicing of Positive Crankcase Ventilation System – Part1 (Literature)
02/08 – Operation, Testing, Servicing of Positive Crankcase Ventilation System – Part 2 (Literature)
03/08 – Electronic Ignition Conversion (Barney Gayloard)
03/08 – Parking Light Housing Replacement w/Reproduction Parts (Dick Harrington)
04/08 – Parking Brake Diagram
06/08 – Falcon History-the 1960 Falcon Exterior
07/08 – FCA Technical Advisors List
08/08 – “What’s the Point?” 12 and 6 point sockets (John Binder)
09/08 – ’61, ’62, ’63 Futura Specifications (Literature)
10/08 – 1965 Specifications (Literature)
10/08 – Converting 60-64 Steering into 65 Steering (Dick Harington)
10/08 – RRS Front Suspension Installation
11/08 – So You Want to Restore a Falcon? Part 1 – The Restoration Falcon (Dick Harrington)
11/08 – Modifying Ford 221, 260, 289 CID V-8s for High Performance Part 1 (Literature)
12/08 – A Brief History of the Convertible Automobile
12/08 – So You Want to Restore a Falcon? Part 2 – Initial Inspection (Dick Harrington)
12/08 – Modifying Ford 221, 260, 289 CID V-8s for High Performance Part 2 (Literature)
12/08 – Engine Identification Tag (Literature)
12/08 – Radio System Diagnosis (Literature)
12/08 – 1964 Front Wheel Alignment Specifications (Literature)


2007

01/07 – Ranchero Project-Installation of Headers on a 1963 (Bill Hardin)
01/07 – 1960-65 Falcon/Comet Gas Tank Replacement (Dick Harrington)
01/07 – 1961-67 Econoline Production Data (Literature)
01/07 – Decision to convert 1960-1965 Falcon Manual Steering from six Cylinder to V8 (Dick Harrington)
02/07 – Engine Filter Overview
03/07 – Intermittent Windshield Wiper plus 2 Speed (Dick Harrington)
04/07 – 1963-65 V8 Engine Compartment General Information
04/07 – When Adding Dual Exhaust 1960-65
05/07 – Adding Four Way Flashers to Pre1966 Falcons/ Comets (Dick Harrington)
05/07 – Automatic Overdrive Conversion (Jim Vanell)
06/07 – Knocking, Pre-Ignition and Detonation
07/07 – New Product Review 1963-½ Quarter Panel Script (Dick Harrington)
08/07 – How Car Alarms Work
08/07 – The Right Fuel, the Right Oil, Checking the Cooling System
08/07 – Outside Door Handles
08/07 – Hard Shifting Manual Transmission / Valve Tap Clearance Tool
09/07 – 1962/63 Parts and Tools
09/07 – Studs vs Bolts
10/07 – Header Replacements 1960-63
11/07 – Gas Pedal Conversion V8 engines
12/07 – Operation, Testing, Servicing of Positive Crankcase Ventilation (Literature)


2006

01/06 – How to install a FoMoCo or Faria Tachometer
01/06 – Wheel Bearing Rumble (Paul Long)
02/06 – Radio Trouble Diagnosis (Bruce Wolfe)
04/06 – Performance Header Update (Bruce Thompson)
06-7/06 – Maintenance Schedule-1966 Econoline/Club Wagon
06-7/06 – Antifreeze/Coolant Care
06-7/06 – Frame Dimensions1962-63 and 1964-65 Falcons
08/06 – Everything You Need to Know About Vintage Ford Three Speed Gear Boxes
08/06 – Door Panel Replacement 1960-63
09/06 – Conversion from Single to Dual bowl Master Cylinder (Dick Harrington)
09/06 – Generators/Alternators
10/06 – System Diagnosis- Speedometer
10/06 – Driver Side Fresh Air Vent Upgrade (Dick Harrington)
11/06 – Conversion to a Hydraulic Clutch (Dick Harrington)
11/06 – 1961-67 Econoline Reference Information Packet (Don English)
12/06 – 1961-67 Econoline Reference Information Packet II (Don English)


2005

01/05 – Falcon Six Cylinder Facts 1960/1975
01/05 – Falcon Production Figures
02/05 – Useful Formulas MPH/RPM
03/05 – Falcon Power Brake Conversion
03/05 – Four Speed Top Loader ID Chart
03/05 – Falcon Production Figures
04/05 – Distributor Talk
04/05 – Falcon Production Figures continued
06/05 – Two Speed Intermittent Wiper Installation
07/05 – Tire Size Interchange Cross Reference
08/05 – Front/Rear Suspension Trouble Symptoms/Causes
09/05 – Differential Case and Drive Pinion Housing in Car
12/05 – Defensive Driving-Getting There


2004

01/04 – Brakes and Oil the Engine
04/04 – Cruise Control and Air Shocks
05/04 – 1960/1961 Similarities, Improvements, and Differences
06/04 – Brake Trouble Symptoms and Possible Cause
6/04 – Steering Linkage & Gear Symptoms: Possible Causes
07/04 – Prepare for Car Shows Seasons
08/04 – Does Your Falcon have a Front Sway Bar
9/04 – Air Conditioner Diagnosis/Servicing
9/04 – A New/Old Tech Tip
9/04 – Manual/Power Steering Box
10/04 – Air Conditioner Diagnosis/Servicing Part 2
11/04 – Comparison of 1966/1970 Falcons


2003

02/03 – CD Player/CB Radio Hookup
03/03 – Four Speed Shifter Repair
08/03 – Rework Your Ignition System Step-by-Step
09/03 – Pulling Pans on Small Block Fords
09/03 – Alternator Shows no Charge
11/03 – Timing Tech Tip


2002

11/02 – Positive Crankcase Ventilation Systems
12/02 – Positive Crankcase Ventilation Systems


2001

01/01 – Power Brake/Clutch Assembly Conversion
02/01 – 289 Engine w/Cleveland Head Type Rocker
06/01 – Easy CB Installation & 1964 Interior Door Panels


2000

02/00 – Reproduction 289 HiPo Exhaust Manifolds 1963-65
05/00 – Resto-modding your Falcon? Don’t Overlook the Comets
06/7/00 – Heater Cores
07/00 – Roller Cams & your Distributor
09/00 – Installing Power Brakes on your 1963-65 Falcon/Comet
10/00 – Replacing the Manifold Gasket
11/00 – More on Generator to Alternator Conversion


1999

01/99 – Tips and Precautions for all Engines
02/99 – Positive Crankcase Ventilation Maintenance
02/99 – Servicing Ford’s Low Fuel Level Warning System
03/99 – Quick Service – Engine Diagnosis
03/99 – Detailing Tips for Car Shows -Part 1
04/99 – Detailing Tips for Car Shows -Part 2
05/99 – Detailing Tips for Car Shows -Part 3
06-7/99 – Engine Diagnosis — Dyna-Vision


1998

01/98 – Identifying the 66′ Falcons
02/98 – Modifying Ford 221, 260 & 289 CID V-8’s
03/98 – Water Pumps 1960-1963
04/98 – Horsing Around with the Mustang Six – Part 1
05/98 – Horsing Around with the Mustang Six – Part 2
06-7/98 – Horsing Around with the Mustang Six – Part 3
12/98 – New “Cobra Kits” for 221, 260, and 289 CID Engines


1997

01/97 – Park Lamp Moisture & Corrosion
02/97 – Eliminating Clutch Pedal Squeak
04/97 – Excessive Brake Pedal Travel
04/97 – Hot Starting and Hot Idle Improvements
04/97 – Automatic Choke Connector Hose
04/97 – Starter Solenoid Damage During Tune-up
04/97 – Hot Engine Idle Stall
04/97 – Inoperative Front Lamps
05/97 – Service Procedure for Instrument Cluster Gauges
06/97 – Eliminating Clutch Pedal Squeak
06/97 – Cleaning Rusty Battery Holders
07/97 – Servicing Convertible Tops-Part 1
08/97 – Servicing Convertible Tops-Part 2
09/97 – Servicing Convertible Tops-Part 3
10/97 – Make `em Blink – Parking Lights
11/97 – Transmission Identification – Part 1
12/97 – Speedometer Servicing


1996

03/96 – Car Covers
03/96 – Radiator Hose
03/96 – Polishing Rubber and Plastic
03/96 – Hand Cleaner for Quick Clean
08/96 – More on Engine Conversion 1960-1962
10/96 – More on Car Storage
11/96 – Paints and Colors for Engine


1995

04/95 – Door Seal Replacement
06/95 – Adjustment of the Steering Gear Box
09/95 – Nail-Polish–Inexpensive+B34 Small Parts Cleaner
10/95 – Wobble While Braking
12/95 – Follow-Up to Conversion of Drum to Disc Brakes


1994

01/94 – Distributor Vacuum Controls
10/94 – More on Clutch Chatter
10/94 – Jacking Up the Transmission


1993

04/93 – List of Tech Tips by FCA
04/93 – Replacement for 4-Bolt Rims
07/93 – Conversion of Standard Distributor to Electronic
10/93 – Speedometer Head Bench Test
10/93 – 10 Years Tech Tips for Sale


1992

01/92 – Replace Motor Mounts
02/92 – Replace Motor Mounts
03/92 – Replace Motor Mounts
01/92 – Vacuum Gasket Leaks
02/92 – Vacuum Gasket Leaks
03/92 – Vacuum Gasket Leaks
01/92 – Low Battery, Check Cables
02/92 – Low Battery, Check Cables
03/92 – Low Battery, Check Cables
2/92 – Engine and Transmission Swap
2/92 – Replacement Emergency Brake Cables
04/92 – Interpreting Ford Part Numbers
05/92 – Interpreting Ford Part Numbers
06/92 – Interpreting Ford Part Numbers


1991

01/91 – Vacuum Hose Leaks
02/91 – Vacuum Hose Leaks
03/91 – Vacuum Hose Leaks
01/91 – Gas Spillage
02/91 – Gas Spillage
03/91 – Gas Spillage
04/91 – Plastic Parts Refinishing
05/91 – Plastic Parts Refinishing
06/91 – Plastic Parts Refinishing
10/91 – Dry Vehicle Interior is “No Sweat”


1990

05/90 – Headlight bucket availability ’60-’65
10/90 – Ten Handy Hints on Road Safety (While Drinking)
11/90 – Ten Handy Hints on Road Safety (While Drinking)
12/90 – Ten Handy Hints on Road Safety (While Drinking)
10/90 – More on Clutch Chatter
11/90 – More on Clutch Chatter
12/90 – More on Clutch Chatter
10/90 – Stated Value Automobile Insurance
11/90 – Stated Value Automobile Insurance
12/90 – Stated Value Automobile Insurance


1989

02/89 – Tips on Ridding the Falcon of Rust
02/89 – Headers for 1960-69 Falcon/Comets
02/89 – Optional Engines for 1960-69 Falcons
02/89 – Prolong Battery Life
06/89 – Chattering clutch problems
07/89 – Optional Transmissions for the Falcon
08/89 – More on clutch chatter
08/89 – Same as above
11/89 – Clutch Chatter
11/89 – 289 Engine Discussion
12/89 – Falcon Engine Colors
12/89 – 289 Discussions Continued


1988

01/88 – Tire Size Relative to Speed
01/88 – Two speed to three speed conversions
02/88 – More on hoisting and jacking
03/88 – When is it a 5-bolt or a 6-bolt 260/289?
03/88 – Same as above
04/88 – Door handle differences ’65
05/88 – 25th Anniversary of 1963 Models
07/88 – Missing
07/88 – Repair of Falcon Heater
07/88 – Notes on Installation of Radial Tires
08/88 – V8 installation ’60-’62 transmission hump modification
09/88 – Great Poem “The Engine”
09/88 – More on Radial Tires
09/88 – More on Front Disc Brakes
10/88 – More front end modifications
10/88 – Loose carburetor center stud
11/88 – Sticker removal from bumpers
11/88 – Power tailgate window schematic with tips
11/88 – Station wagon tips
11/88 – Service Information 1960 Ranchero
12/88 – Repair of Rusted Convertible Torque Tubes


1987

01/87 – Car Storage
02/87 – Transmission Mount Improvement
07/87 – Parking brake handle replacement
08/87 – Transmission Conversion T-10 to 3-Speed w/Overdrive
08/87 – Conversion of Drum to Disc Brakes
09/87 – 4-Speed Econoline
10/87 – Accelerator damage raising or jacking the engine
10/87 – Erratic or inoperative electric wipers ’63
10/87 – Poor cold engine starting ’64 260 and 289 engines
10/87 – Poor cold engine starting ’64 260 and 289 engines
11/87 – Conversion of Drum to Disc Brakes
12/87 – Convert Parking Lamps to go on with Head Lights
12/87 – Unleaded Gas Discussion
12/87 – Conversion of Drum to Disc Brakes


1986

01/86 – Bulky Shifting ’64
02/86 – Unleaded Gas Discussion
02/86 – Generator to Alternator Conversion
04/86 – More on Unleaded Gas
06/86 – Fuel Fill-up without Overflow
06/86 – Restoring Instrument Dials
07/86 – Sprint tach wire hook-ups
07/86 – Fuel Gauge
07/86 – Converting from 200 I-6 to 289 V-8
07/86 – Studio Sound System
08/86 – Dome light part source
08/86 – More on Steering Problems
10/86 – Early Cross Members
10/86 – Steering Cross Members
10/86 – Converting from 6 cylinders to 351W
12/86 – Transmission Conversion (4-speed to Automatic)
12/86 – Generator to Alternator Conversion


1985

02/85 – Specs and optional equipment ’63
05/85 – Upper control arm squeak stop
05/85 – Clutch pedal squeak stop
07/85 – Battery box cleaning/repair
07/85 – Better handling for ’65
08/85 – 25th Anniversary of 1960-65 Falcons
08/85 – Wiper arm repair
10/85 – Generator to Alternator Conversion
11/85 – Falcon specs ’65
12/85 – Gas gauge repair


1984

01/84 – Chrome Plating Plastic Parts
02/84 – VIN plate breakdown ’60
02/84 – Radio ID
03/84 – Engine colors on early 6 cylinders
03/84 – Coil ID and restoration
04/84 – Engine colors
08/84 – Shift column repair
12/84 – Hoisting and jacking ’60-’65
12/84 – Cleaning and refurbishing ’64-’65 hood ornament


1983

04/83 – Rocker panel rust repair
05/83 – Simplified water pump installation


1982

03/82 – Rust removal from inside windshield chrome
03/82 – Window crank disassembly and reassembly
04/82 – Missing
05/82 – Convertible production figures ’63-’65
06/82 – Repaint interiors and matting agent
06/82 – Repair sagging convertible side rails
06/82 – Floor pan repair
08/82 – Grill emblem repainting ’65
10/82 – Installation of Borg-WarnerT-10 with 144,170,or 200 ci


1981

02/81 – 6 Cylinder identification
03/81 – Production figures ’60-’66 Rancheros
03/81 – Production figures ’63-’65 Sedan deliveries
03/81 – Rarest Falcons ’60-’70
07/81 – Engine, transmission, and rear end codes ’68
11/81 – How to make a Ranchero back window seal


1980

02/80 – Falcon colors/letter codes for ’63
03/80 – 1961 Production Figures
03/80 – List of assembly plants and units produced in ’64
03/80 – List of options and percent of units installed
03/80 – Production figures from ’60-’64
03/80 – Production figures ’63-’64 of 6 & 8 cylinders
03/80 – Above figures by models
08/80 – More on production figures ’60-’64
10/80 – Convertible top interchange ’63-’65
10/80 – Glass interchange ’63-’65 hardtop & convertible
10/80 – Engine letter codes
11/80 – Production figures ’66
11/80 – Production figures ’68
11/80 – Corrections on Convertible top interchange ’63-’65
11/80 – Ranchero tailgate interchange ’60-’65
11/80 – Production figures ’67-’69-‘70
12/80 – Engine/transmission differences ’65
12/80 – Mustang/Falcon door handle interchange ’65-’66
12/80 – Seatbelt interchange
12/80 – Falcon glove box and console lock


Ed Sickels (FCA #119) of Frederick, Maryland compiled this amazing Index of all the Tech Tips that have appeared in The National Falcon News, going all the way back to 1980!