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1963 Ford Falcon Convertible Custom Air Conditioning Replacement and Repair – San Diego, California

     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.

Peter LoCascio
“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”

If your Classic Ford Falcon is need of restoraton repairs or upgrades, then give Classic Resto Garage a call at a 619-929-8506, or fill the contact form.

Happy Cruising!

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Getting Your Classic Mustang, Falcon and Cougar Ready For The Summer – Preventative Maintenance – San Diego, Ca

As I’m getting a 1970 Mach 1 ready for the summer with a Vintage Air conditioning system, I started to think of what other things that can be done do to get your Mustang ready summer.  When we think of lube and oil and filter, a lot of us think of the chassis and engine only. There are many other areas that need it too, but are often over looked. Does you convertible top go up and down smoothly?  Is it noisy, or hard to latch? There are a lot of moving parts that can get damaged if you don’t maintain your top. Do you have a hard time opening and closing your hood at the car shows? The springs put a lot of tension on the hood hinges. If you don’t keep them lubed and adjusted, they will become stiff and bind. If you hood pops up in the rear, it means that they’re already worn out. Some of them can be adjusted to compensate for the wear. Also, just because your car is old does not mean that slamming your hood is not normal. That can be corrected with proper adjustments and lubrication as well. Doors are another area to be looked at. Doors are the number one repairs that I do. If your door closes hard, that can cause all kinds of damage to your door. You can cause cracks on the door latch areas, or even break the adjustment arm at the bottom of you vent window frame. It can also cause your door glass to get out of adjustment over time. Speaking of door glass. If it is difficult to roll your window up and down, then adjustment and lubriction can prevent replacing the regulator. Also, if you can move your door up and down by lifting up on the rear, the hinges pins bushings are worn out. That can cause damage to you latches, and even cause visible damage to the door itself.  Another area to keep lubed and adjusted are your seat tracks. If it is hard to adjust your seat, then they need to lubricated too. If you let them go to long, then the plastic guides can wear out, and will need repair or replacement.

Although we live in one of the sunniest areas in the country, we still get surprised by sudden down pour of rain. If you been to a lot of car shows, then you probably had to race back to your car to close everything during a rainstorm at least once. I’ve seen many beautiful Fords with worn out weather stripping. If the rubber has shrunken, hardened, or cracked, water will find its way in. Trunks are the number one area for leaking, and many show cars have really nice trunks with stereo equipment inside. If your weather-stripping needs to be replaced, those areas may have to be readjusted too.

Sometime we get so busy shining our Mustangs for the summer, that we forget about the small stuff. I can help you get you Classic Mustang in winning shape. I have a great eye for detail, and can evaluate your car, and fix those areas in order of importance. You can prevent more expensive repairs by catching all of these issues early. Give me at Classic Resto Garage a call today at (619)929-8506, or email me at david@classicrestogarage.com

See you at the car shows, and happy cruising!

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