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tody

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new falcon owner from germany!

Post by tody on Wed Sep 15, 2010 12:28 pm

hi folks,
i just joined this forum having bought a 67 falcon van. this one to be precise:
http://vintage-vans.forumotion.com/e-vans-for-sale-f22/rare-1967-ford-falcon-van-econoline-3200-rossville-ga-t15868.htm#60468
friends of mine are currently in the states and have inspected and bought it for me. i will have it shipped and it should be here in november.

i'm not new to vintage american cars, i already have a 65 mustang and a 72 comet.
here's two links to two websites with tons of pictures:
http://www.ivygreen.de/mustang
http://www.72comet.de/gt

the falcon shouldn't be too much work - i'll post pictures as soon as i have more!

thomas
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Re: new falcon owner from germany!

Post by G-Man on Wed Sep 15, 2010 1:15 pm

Welcome to the site!!! I believe you are our first member from Germany. Give us some pictures when you get it
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Sy Hollinshead

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Re: new falcon owner from germany!

Post by Sy Hollinshead on Wed Sep 15, 2010 1:38 pm

Welcome to the site. I had to sell my Mustang Fastback to make way for the Econoline.
Looks like you have a good project there. Having friends in the US will also make getting parts a lot easier, as its difficult at times....!!!
Pics when it arrives please.
Sy
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austinmodhouse

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Re: new falcon owner from germany!

Post by austinmodhouse on Wed Sep 15, 2010 1:41 pm

Thomas, I like that van! I had sent the seller a mssg but didn't follow up b/c I figured GA was too far... I guess you proved me wrong.
:-)
I just checked your 72 merc pics. there is some irony there. I am currently doing some body repairs on my 72 bmw and my 1970 porsche 911 (old pics links below)

http://www.schusterphoto.com/911b.htm
http://www.schusterphoto.com/silver%20sled.htm
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Re: new falcon owner from germany!

Post by Nightmoves on Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:30 pm

Welcome Thomas,from the hills of Tennessee.Not a bad lookin ride ya got.Lookin forward to more pics as well.Just curious...how long do you expect do you think it will take to get to it's new home? Oh,by the way,that north Georgia Falcon probably dont speak German too well.You might have to do some translating.
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Re: new falcon owner from germany!

Post by sasktrini on Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:38 pm

Welcome from Canada, and congratulations!
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Re: new falcon owner from germany!

Post by Magic Bus on Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:55 am

Herzlich Willkommen und gratulieren, das ist der beste alte van site im web! cheers
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Re: new falcon owner from germany!

Post by DanTheVanMan on Thu Sep 16, 2010 6:30 am

Welcome to the site Thomas!!! And congrat's on the van. Very Happy


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tody

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Re: new falcon owner from germany!

Post by tody on Thu Sep 16, 2010 12:58 pm

thanks for the warm welcome, folks!
i will keep you updated with pictures. there will surely be a website with tons of pictures, just like for my other cars.
here's some more on a german mustang forum, my friends have posted tons of pics from their trip. they are currently in pigeon forge:
http://www.dr-mustang.com/index.php?name=coppermine&file=thumbnails&album=1120&page=5&sort=na

in the meantime, i will start looking around the forums on parts i will need - back seats, an original steering wheel, power upgrades for the 240 which might be replaced with a 300 i have already located in the netherlands...
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Re: new falcon owner from germany!

Post by Van Halen on Thu Sep 16, 2010 1:04 pm

Willkommen auf der Webseite Tody! Kann nicht warten, bis Ihr van sehen.
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Re: new falcon owner from germany!

Post by tody on Fri Oct 29, 2010 6:12 am

i finally have a projected arrival date for the van - should be in the harbor on november 20th. i have put together a small website where i will document progress, i have already compiled a couple of pictures:

http://www.falconvan.de/67/index.php?id=23
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Re: new falcon owner from germany!

Post by G-Man on Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:20 am

add us to your links page, nice site so far, I'm sure it will only get better and better
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Re: new falcon owner from germany!

Post by slowflapper on Fri Oct 29, 2010 10:14 am

tody wrote:i finally have a projected arrival date for the van - should be in the harbor on november 20th. i have put together a small website where i will document progress, i have already compiled a couple of pictures:

http://www.falconvan.de/67/index.php?id=23

Cool, that van wasn't far from me when you bought it.

You must really like old American cars to be be buying them and shipping them over there. If I may ask, how much did it cost to put that van on a boat to Europe?

eta: i see there's an NRA sticker on the thing lol, I wouldn't expect any less from a Georgia van. There's probably been some hoopin' and hollerin' and carrying on' in that thing over the years.
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Sy Hollinshead

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Re: new falcon owner from germany!

Post by Sy Hollinshead on Fri Oct 29, 2010 11:25 am

Glad to hear you have a due date..... Mine was at sea for 5 weeks from San Fransisco to the UK. The wait was agonising, especially as on the day it was due to dock in the UK i got a call to say it was still in the USA....!!!
Still, the arrival is a very exciting thing.
I paid $6000 for my van, shipping was about $2000 and VAT, import taxes and transportation to and from the docks totalled another $4000. So the van basically doubled in price, but that is still fairly cheap for a rust free van from the 60s. A similar VW would cost at least double that, and they have poxy engines....!!!!
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tody

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Re: new falcon owner from germany!

Post by tody on Tue Dec 07, 2010 11:36 am

van is supposed to arrive within this week - i will post pictures as soon as it is here.
in the meantime, the marti report has arrived:



seems to be a very early 67 model, but apart from that, nothing really special. hopefully i'll turn it into something special soon Very Happy


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Re: new falcon owner from germany!

Post by G-Man on Tue Dec 07, 2010 1:19 pm

tody they all are special my friend
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Re: new falcon owner from germany!

Post by austinmodhouse on Wed Dec 22, 2010 3:55 pm

so.... did she arrive? I too was eyeing that van when it was for sale.
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tody

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Re: new falcon owner from germany!

Post by tody on Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:59 am

the van is finally here!
it was delivered late november, but the weather in germany has been pretty bad with lots of snow since then. yesterday was pretty ok, so i picked it up and drove it 50 miles to my garage.
it was a pretty rough drive, but things improved when going down a pretty steep hill - seems that there is a lot of junk in the gas tank, which gave way when the van was driving at an angle. so i guess cleaning this up will be the first and most sensible thing to do. the rest of the drivetrain seemed ok. when the clean gas came to the engine, it stopped shaking and the drive was pretty smooth - up to 55mph with no problems.
second will be the master cylinder. it's leaking badly, and the brake light switch won't work. the previous owner drilled a hole in the actual brake pedal and put a replacement switch there - pretty 'creative'. that'll be the next task. i already ordered the rebuild kit for the master cylinder. while mac's and carpenter carry the kit for $65 / $50, it can be ordered from rockauto for less than half! i also have a spare brake light switch, so that should be a fairly easy task.

i'll be also looking for some missing parts in the near future. the van has a "500" wheel from superior parts - and no horn button. i think i could use some grant parts to correct that. but i'd like to have the original steering wheel back. i have already scored the correct falcon horn ring on ebay. i guess i'll find the rest of the parts on here. the turn signal lights are not working - i hope i don't need the complete switch. let's hope that's no problem on the column, but due to the brake switch wiring, which doesn't seem to work either.

so here's some pics!




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Re: new falcon owner from germany!

Post by Digz on Sun Mar 13, 2011 7:08 am

Wow, from the pics it looks like you have a very nice van to work with ,,,Congrats !
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Re: new falcon owner from germany!

Post by G-Man on Sun Mar 13, 2011 7:33 am

Nice Van!!! The fun begins
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Re: new falcon owner from germany!

Post by malle on Sat Apr 16, 2011 3:35 pm

welcome to the forum, greetings from Norway Smile
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Re: new falcon owner from germany!

Post by dix on Sun Apr 17, 2011 6:50 am

Wow that looks like a great find....
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tody

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Re: new falcon owner from germany!

Post by tody on Thu Jun 02, 2011 10:15 am

after having identified my front disc brakes (TSM) i started shopping for some parts. i found a rebuildable master cylinder on ebay (under $100!) and had it shipped to Vic. he rebuilt it, a friend of mine was on vacation in LA and brought it over. looks fantastic, thanks again vic!



the ebay shopping spree continued with an all gauges instrument panel:



from my own holidays in canada, i brought a lot of parts to rebuild the steering and suspension. next to contact will be Sean on the poly bushings...
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tody

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Re: new falcon owner from germany!

Post by tody on Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:21 am

while you are busy making plans, life is what's happening in between, right?
it's almost a year since i last touched the van - in the meantime i switched jobs and had a baby boy!

this weekend, i finally was able to do some work. took the seats out, removed all dash related parts, removed everything from the nose panel.
discovered some pretty bad spots on the nose panel with lots of bondo. i guess that means quite some work for my body man...
whenever i find some more time, i'll take out the wiring harness and the doghouse, and will grind down the nose. there's another suspicious spot on the rear right corner. i hope that one's not too bad.






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Re: new falcon owner from germany!

Post by Big W on Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:50 am

Van looks nice Tody. What I can see looks to be very fixable. Keep us posted, and keep the pics comeing.

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