The love for vehicles, what is it? What drives new and old gear heads to create instant friendships based on automobiles they drive or admire? It one simple word, nostalgia. It is that rowdy cam noise or aggressive wheel and tire package that mutually take us all back to our humble automotive beginnings. A great build will do just that on first sight. This is what happened when I pulled up to Tanner’s Custom & Collision on a sunny day to check out Michael Carrier’s 1964 Ford Falcon. Michael is a lead tech and fabricator for Tanner’s , who has a great passion for the KC automotive scene and customizing vehicles.
For those of you that aren’t familiar with the 1st generation Econoline work vans, this project named Quick & Dirty is far from oem. Michael started off with immediately taking the body off the frame and fabricating a one off chassis, four link watts rear suspension and modified Mustang II front suspension. Hand built front coil-over towers, front and rear coil-over mounts, fuel cell, steering, brake assembly, fan assembly shroud, and seat mounts round out the interior fab work built by Michael.
Originally these Ford Falcon vans came as a cab over, front wheel drive six cylinder. The Falcon was vastly popular with the working class as it boasted 204 cu ft interior space behind the seats. Michael has opted for the fun factor. He entrusted close friend Caleb Kempenar who built Chevrolet powered 454 big block that now rests in some of that once loved storage space. This new power plant shifts gears using a Monster transmission th400. The Moser fab9 rear end helps the Ridler 18x7 front and 20x10 rear wheels lay some serious power to the road wrapped in Nitto tires.
Michael, realizing his Falcon might end up seeing some serious track time, hooked up with Duane Thurlo for the roll cage build.
The Falcon is now controlled by micro squirt engine management systems and Andrew Miller's ride controller using Shadow Dash MS App through a Nexus 9 android table.
I rolled into Tanner's Custom & Collision that day to shoot Michael's Falcon. I left with a whole shop of guys that I now call friends who have one mutual interest, the love for automobiles. Quick & Dirty should be hitting the streets of Kansas City this year. If you see a slammed Ford Falcon club wagon rolling down 70 highway, toss up a wave, as the driver will always be smiling from ear to ear!