1960 Ford Falcon: 7 Days to Go – Beginning Paint

Homebuilt Ford Falcon by Greasegirl #5

ford falcon, 1960 ford falcon, paint prep

We wanted to add a third layer of primer before laying color today. After a trip to register and insure the Falcon as well as pick up more supplies – we were back at it in the garage for a full weekend day. By the time the primer had dried and I’d painstakingly sanded the surfaces smooth (which took MUCH longer than I’d expected) it was already dark. With limited lighting in the shop, daylight seemed like a better time to spray color – so that’s first thing on the list for tomorrow.

ford falcon, 1960 ford falcon, inline six cylinder

In the meantime Ethan worked on some of the final engine assembly. Perhaps you were wondering if Falcon’s inline-six would be going back in – and if so, did I already rebuild it? Yes and no. The original 144 straight-six will be going back in the car, but not just yet. I haven’t rebuilt it, but it’s in my plans to. (I know it isn’t economical, but it’s a great opportunity for me to do my first engine rebuild. And with Studie as my hot rod, I’d like to keep Falcon more original.)


In the meantime, Ethan and I were gifted another 170 inline-six which was basically ready to go. Ethan’s replaced a few parts and cleaned it up – painting it his favorite signature bright-green color (no, that’s not the color we’ll be spraying on the car). In fact I’m pretty sure this green isn’t going to look too hot next to the color we’ll be spraying – but Ethan insists it will be head-turning. Either way, it will give me extra incentive to get going on rebuilding the original.

ford falcon, 1960 ford falcon, falcon emblem

I got the Falcon emblems off the front fenders to clean up both them and the fender. Having taken a friend’s off just the other week, I didn’t expect there to be anything holding them on. Just in case, I checked – and sure enough there weren’t. I began prying the emblem off of the opposite fender which I hadn’t checked under – and it didn’t want to budge, in fact I made a little crack in trying. Then I stopped, deciding I’d better add some Liquid Wrench to the back. I did that on the opposite one, which I’d already turned over. Then I tried prying that one, and it came right off.

falcon emblem nut

Turning over the fender I’d been having troubles with – that side had little bolts! After removing those, the emblem easily pulled out. In an attempt to straighten the section I’d pried a little out of whack (where the crack was made), I broke off the “n”. Lesson of the day: just because you checked one side, doesn’t mean the other side is the same!

ford falcon, 1960 ford falcon, engine bay

Having never done a paint job before (except metal flaking the roof of my Stude), I’m beginning to think that this engine bay job is giving me a nice break-in. A: it’s not quite as important as the outside of the car which is in plain sight, B: with it’s many curves, nooks, and crannies it’s got to be the most difficult part to prep, sand, and spray!


Walking to the mailbox at the end of the night, I discovered my Mooneyes Xmas Show registration inside. I’m excited to see what the color will look like tomorrow and even more curious how this next week will play out!


In the Garage Until: 9:41pm


Want to catch up? Here’s where everything started:  12 Day 1960 Falcon Build #1


For more Falcon fun, check out Pikesan’s project: 1963 Ford Falcon Wagon Build