I guess that means its probably going to be limited to heads and a cam - i have no idea what this can achieve to be honest so any sbf experts please chime in. Its a 302 and 4 speed.
Have a look here for added POWERRRRRR
Richard knows how stuff.
Love this - worked with a guy called Tony who had a Falcon Sprint converted to auto as his retirement present.
Dez is right - one of the better blue oval products of the 60's
Interesting vid, thanks. If i could find some gt40 heads for sensible money id probably go that route, but ive a feeling that wont happen here and if (?) they are getting a bit of a premium here i may as well go a little further and get the edelbrocks or AFR.
A colleague here in New Zealand runs a 302 with 289 heads in his XD Falcon. Goes very hard for what it is. Have you considered using a modern six cylinder turbo charged engine such as the Barra? It has been widely reported that the later Aussie XR6T Falcons can be made to go considerably harder than the equivalent XR8.
Will definately stay with the sbf, interesting though all the same so i will have read up on the Barra - not heard of them before.
Obviously the first thing to do is see if it will run. As i said before the seller had drained the cooling system so it wouldn't freeze up?!
It became evident fairly quickly that in fact it could drain its coolant all by itself! As fast as i poured water in, it came out at nearly the same speed onto the floor - not from the rad or hoses though. Alarm bells started ringing as i was thinking its bound to be a cracked block.
It was coming out from almost behind an engine mount so i couldn't quite see what was what. I removed the mount (which was knackered) and thankfully there is a core plug there.
A new plug was ordered and fitted. Sorted.
Back onto starting it up. I put a new battery on and i turned it over, but it was turning very slowly. The battery had been relocated to the boot, so i thought maybe the now very long battery cable wasn't man enough and possibly too much voltage drop?
I shortened the cable and moved the battery to the engine bay, and then thoroughly cleaned up the battery earths - it still turns over slowly, oh well. The starter looks new, so not sure why its slow?
I cleaned the plugs, and points, and put some fresh fuel in the carb, and woohoo sure enough it fired up.
Next up a list was made for a rockauto order, a fuel tank, fuel pump, (its got a jaz fuel cell and electric pump at the moment) gaskets, ball joints, engine mounts, and stuff like that.
Incredible service from Rockauto as usual, a few days later it all arrives.
Spindles and brakes after some chores are done.......
The front wheels needed a larger centre bore than the rears to fit, so i knew something had been changed. The rears had early mustang wheels which wouldn't fit on the front, so the front had been changed.
It had discs on the front, i looked on rockauto and you can get discs for a 65 Falcon, but everywhere i asked said discs were not an option on a Falcon in 65? In any case it seems i have Granada spindles and brakes. This Granada...
I have no experience of this conversion but there is mountains of info out there on this.....so this is all heresay. Some say its great and report no problems and others say it causes bump steer as the geometry is different, other opinions are that the granada set up was fine until they went back to correct spindles and then noticed a huge gain.
I decided id rather get the correct v8 type spindles and then use mustang discs and calipers which are 4 pot, so the brakes are better than the granada set up too. The granada brakes on my car would need totally going through so in reality its the cost of the spindles that are an "extra".
I felt it was about time to have my pants pulled down.
I put some wanted ads here for the spindles but to no avail, so started looking in the US. You can buy new ones, but i really wanted original ones. Found a really nice pair but blimey they weren't cheap. Wasnt sure whether to wait or just get on with it. Id been working loads so thought it best to get them.
After a bit of to-ing and fro-ing with MustangMan i agreed to buy them. He was really helpful with shipping and customs paperwork so that helped loads.
The above pics are actually of another spindle i found - this was also in the US but it was a single spindle but cheap. So that was bought too in the hope i can find another single but for the other side. Ive then got 2 pairs of spindles So now i need another Falcon