Originally Posted by Hoontasan What's very cool is your car!
Thanks, its a 1965 Ford Falcon Coupe, straight 6. It used to be my daily driver. It was pretty good in the snow with studded snows. con: 4 wheel drum brakes. It ran great and despite a number of dents before I got it the body was in good shape. It has been to Moab and Lake Powell and was a ball to drive.
On the way to Aspen it nearly gave me a heart attack. I was driving up a steep residential road to the trailhead, when I ran out of power in second. You have to come to a complete stop to get into first (three on the tree) and just when I started to roll backwards to get another start on the hill I saw a dump truck coming up behind me. I continued to roll backwards into the other lane (narrow two lane road on a steep hill, mind you) and the truck passed me in its correct lane as I backed down in the down hill lane.
This was the unknown beginning of the end of the Falcon as when we returned from Aspen, the engine died due to lack of compression. I got a new Toyota Tacoma after that and my brother took the Falcon home to New England on a trailer behind his 15 passenger van. In Chicago his girlfriend rear-ended a semi trailer and the Falcon got the front end bent from its mass pushing through the tied down front wheels. My brother is going to pull the engine, upgrade the brakes and turn it into a hot rod.
Here it is on Loveland Pass. It crossed the divide many times.
Near Pagosa Springs, CO on a weekend trip.