1963 Ford Falcon Convertible

          Back in 1975 I rented space in our warehouse to a customer to store a rather deteriorated Falcon convertible. After a year or two, the owner failed to pay the rent. One Saturday when I was following up on an ad in the newspaper for another car, I was surprised to find my rental customer answer the door. After an awkward moment he agreed to sell me the car for the rent past due.
          Some time passed and I decided that the car was too much of a project for me. I tried to sell it.... unsuccessfully. At that time, I couldn't find a buyer for even the small sum of $300. So, I decided to restore the car myself. The top was in tatters, the seats were shot, the body was dented and oxidized. It was a challenge. So, I went to work and started spending money. As I recall the mechanical work was done first, including engine, then the body work plus new windshield, and top. The bumpers were straightened and rechromed. I decided to take an evening class in automotive upholstery at our local community college. That was a real learning experience that caused me to buy a heavy duty sewing machine. When the seats were done I fabricated the carpets and top boot. I found that this model has a great weakness in the window mechanism for the small rear windows. Finally that problem was solved and the car was finished with one exception... I was missing a left rear quarter stainless trim and could not find one anywhere. That trim was unique to the Futura model. In desperation, I put a "Wanted" ad in the local newspaper in the "Antique and Collector Cars" section. I only got one call in response to my ad.
          The caller said that he had exactly what I needed. I rushed to his address up on Five Mile Prairie. Seems that he had a Falcon Sprint that his son had recently totaled. He showed me the car and it was an unholy mess. Everything was damaged or destroyed. His son had lost control of the car while traveling at a high rate of speed on a gravel road. The car was going backwards when he hit a telephone pole and then rolled. The only thing of value that was left from the wreckage was the chrome trim strip that I needed. It had popped off during the collision with the telephone pole and they found it later in the wheat field.
          I had the car for a year or so after I finished working on it. The one thing that I did not like about this Falcon was the fact that it was a six. It just seemed wrong to me for a red Ford convertible not to be a V-8. On impulse, I took the car to the Early Ford V-8 Club swap meet and put it in the cars for sale section. To my surprise, I sold the car in about fifteen minutes. I didn't make any money on the car, but I got the money back that I had put into it. Shortly thereafter I purchased a 1963 Falcon Sprint V-8 coupe that I found on a used car lot on East Sprague Avenue in Spokane. But, that's another story... WDM