The Ford Falcon is one of the most basic vehicles that Ford has produced, but seems to be one of the most popular too. Everyone that I have talked to had a story about a Falcon growing up. Their grandmother had one, or their neighbor would give them a ride in theirs. I have a 1962 Ford Falcon, and it gets more attention than my fully restored 1966 Ford Mustang. The Ford Falcon is the Uber-Cool Grocery Getter. This 63 Ford Falcon convertible is not the one your grandma picked up groceries in.
I met this customer a few time at the So-Cal car shows and cruise nights. The first time I met him was at the Escondido’s Cruisin on Grand, and he said that his air conditioning blower motor was making noise. He said the next time he is in town he wanted me to take a look at it. The custom console enclosure was built specifically for the AC evaporator unit and the AutoMeter gauges. I had to take a cautious approach because I did not know how the builder put it together back in 1999. Everything was a snug fit, so I took a lot of picture in the process. I carefully marked each part and wire connection, so it will go back the exact way. Once I finally got the AC unit out, I easily discovered the source of the noise. The blower motor mount and the case surrounding the twin fans were broken in several places. There was no way to repair the vacuum formed plastic case. The only marking on the AC evaporator was a white tag with serial number.
The costumer and I immediately did a search with all the well known AC manufacturers, and nothing came up. We Googled the serial number, and still nothing came up. Since the custom console was made only for this AC, we had to find the exact one. The customer found the receipts from the builder, but it had listed part numbers from more than one AC manufacturer, so he gave the car’s builder a call. He was told were it was purchased from, and was able to order a replacement. The replacement had a few small design changes, but it was also an inch wider. Luckily, I was able to shorten one of the internal console mounts for a very snug fit. I also added some Dynamat insulation to the back of the replacement air conditioning unit to protect it from the heat from the stock heater. I believe that the heat blowing from the defroster plenum dried out the plastic, and caused it to become brittle. Everything went back together the way it was, and the customer set up an appointment to get the AC recharged at Rollies Automotive in Escondido, California.
“David I want to thank you for the outstanding work you did on my 1963 Ford Falcon’s air conditioning system. Your work is professional, thoughtful, and careful and I appreciate your honesty, integrity and high level of knowledge and skill. I will look to you for any additional work or consultation the Falcon might need in the future…Thank You”
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