Rod & Custom Feature Car
1964 Ford Falcon
Seeing how a Falcon is a unit-construction car, Blaine stuck to simple modifications like Fatman Fabrications 2-inch dropped spindles with modified Granada 11-inch brakes. He replaced the coils and dampers with RideTech ShockWaves and shortened the steering box shaft to take a Flaming River column. The narrowed 9-inch axle features a triangulated four-link fabricated by Rainier Rod & Custom's Mike Walter. The rear also rides on ShockWaves.
The latest engine is an '89 vintage 302 roller that Mark Wadsworth built. Speed Pro forged slugs and reworked iron heads give it a 10.5:1 compression ratio. A custom-ground camshaft by Delta Cam, Harland Sharp roller rockers, and 2.02/1.5 valves gives it plenty of chance to breathe. Though ceramic coated now, the full-length 1 1/2-inch headers are the same ones Blaine's uncle Jim ran in the '70s. Those headers merge into 2 1/2-inch pipes with 40-Series Flowmaster mufflers. The engine bolts to a C4 transmission that Blaine and his buddies installed. The rear axle sports a street-brawling 4.56:1 gear set, a Detroit Locker, and Moser street/strip axles.
Wheels & Tires
The coupe rolls on a set of American Racing Salt Flat Specials; 16x7 fronts with 205/45R16 Hankook Ventis HRIIs and 16x8 rears with 245/50R16 Hankooks.
Body & Paint
Blaine Wolfe initially shaved the car, including the firewall, and Mike Walter relocated the fuel filler. Mike Wheeler at Electrofinishing polished the trim and re-plated as necessary. Mike Walter straightened, prepped, and shot the car in two shades of base/clear urethane.
Gary Smith at Eatonville's Interior Express trimmed the cabin, including the one-piece headliner, in Merlot-colored leather. Blaine forwent the car's benches for four buckets from an '00 Pontiac Sunfire. Walter carved the middle out of a stock hood and made the center console from it; a Lokar shifter discretely pokes out. He also shaved the dash and created a filler panel for the Classic Instruments American Series combo gauges. The car's formidable audio system includes an Eclipse 3403 head unit, Rockford Fosgate Punch 200- and 400-watt amplifiers, 6 3/4 and 6x9 Prime speakers, and two 10-inch Punch subwoofers. Blaine damped the cockpit with Dynamat and Walter wired the car with an American AutoWire kit.