1962 Ford Falcon = $4200

Up for sale is a nice condtion Ford Falcon. It is a 1962 2 door. Engine size is 170. This car runs great. The glass is all in good condition, no cracks. Tires are good. The body is in good condition, some rust is visible. New carpet, new master cylinder, new shocks front and back, new carb, and generator replaced with alternator. I took a lot of pics, click on the photobucket link to see more… http://s661.photobucket.com/albums/uu339/bobby-ricigliano/ford%20falcon%201962/ If you are interested in seeing the car, email me your phone number or I will not respond.

Well it’s been awhile since I posted anything up here on Cars You Should Buy, but there’s a damned good reason for that… one that I can’t reveal just yet! However, while the cat’s away, the mice will play, and sure enough a quick perusal of Craigslist has dragged more than a few tantalizing vehicles across my monitor’s pixels. This ’62 Falcon is one such vehicle. If you’re a regular reader of CYSB, then you probably already know I’ve got a bit of a hard on for early Falcons, so the temptation of a ’62 Falcon coupe in red and black was just too much to overcome. As with all early Falcons, this one’s sure to be stone-axe reliable and quite fashionable to boot, while the 170 cubic inch engine and automatic gearbox are well-proven powertrain options easily capable of returning pretty decent fuel economy… if not barnstorming power.

However, it’s also not without its issues. As the seller mentions in the ad, there is some rust already visible on the body, and it’s reasonable to assume that the black paintjob isn’t a factory ‘job… in the early sixties, Ford was still lacquering their cars, and their version of the good ole single-stage black paint job was one that lasts absolutely forever… I should know, I had an old Ford pickup in the original gloss black lacquer. This car, on the other hand, appears to have a bit of a rough texture to the paint, which is something the factory finish never would have had. Sure, it would’ve oxidized and faded, but it never would have wrinkled. That said, it doesn’t look to be too bad, and anyone with a little spare time on their hands, some extremely smooth wet/dry sandpaper, and a power buffer could probably have it looking great in no time. Furthermore, although rust is cited in the ad, the engine bay photo shows a well-maintained motor with no signs of rust appearing around the strut towers now around the cowl, which is a very good sign on a car of this age. Likewise, these cars are famously easy collector cars to own, as parts availability is an utter non-issue, which means that anything that might need replacing is readily available and probably only slightly more expensive than dirt. All this, combined with the number of new parts included with the car, make it a pretty compelling vehicle, and one that’s perfectly suited to signal my return to Craigslist prowling! As always, click the blue text above to follow through to the advertisement and contact the seller.

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1965 Ford F-250 – $3000

For sale is a 65 Ford three quarter ton camper special pick up truck. Has a 79 351 windsor V8 with an auto 3 speed. runs and drives strong, brakes are good, new tires. Asking $3000.00 obo. Call or email. 778-554-7805.

Although summer might have finally deigned those of us relegated to the lower mainland with it’s warm and dry disposition at long last, that doesn’t necessarily translate to drop-top season for everyone. In fact, for a great many people, it’s the time of the year when the automobile takes on its most tool-like properties. Flocking to the outdoors like sunburned lemmings off a heat baked cliff, people rapidly find their automobiles filling up with everything from bikes to boards to boxes of beer, and if you’re driving a Pontiac Firefly of VW Beetle, that can be worrisome. But fear not, because should you find yourself getting a little cramped in amongst the Pabst and single speed bikes, there is respite: this 1965 Ford F-250.

Looking every bit the hipster’s dream, this ’65 Ford F-250 demonstrates everything that was awesome about the mid-sixties: friendly, PlaySkool colours, simple styling, and rugged engineering. Of course, that translates into long stopping distances, questionable fuel economy, and quite possibly some of the heaviest steering ever encountered by man (I learned to drive in a ’73, and it took nearly my entire body mass to spin the tiller whilst stopped). However, what it undoubtedly lacks in capability compared to a modern truck, it more than makes up for in character and reliability. Having beaten my old truck around Richmond, New West, Vancouver, and Port Coquitlam for years after it served as my family’s camper-hauling vacation mobile (accruing something north of 450,000 kms on the way), the big black beast proved incapable of quitting, and served as my daily driver until it was finally traded in for a newer, and nowhere near as reliable truck. Why? Because well modern trucks may stop quicker, go faster, sip gas, and roll their own windows down, they’re also extremely complex. These old Ford pickups having roughly 3.4 moving parts, making them only slightly more complicated than your bottle opener… and how often does that fail? Looking in especially good shape, it’s nearly a guarantee that the paint is new, so do yourself a favour and either bring a trained ear or a magnet to check for fiberglass and bondo beneath. Rust is extremely common on these old trucks, with the worst offenders being the rear of the cab and the cab supports, but replacement parts are readily available from the absolutely mammoth and especially rabid support network that’s cropped up for these old truck. I truly miss my old one, as these old Ford’s represent what I hold to be the golden era in automotive design and manufacture, and it’s the one vehicle of the hundreds I’ve driven that I wish I could have back again… so if this one looks good to you, go ahead and click on the Craigslist ad up top, before I do.

1961 Ford Falcon – $4500

1961 Ford Falcon. 2 door, auto, 200 6cyl, C4 transmission, 60k original miles, bone dry, solid no rust. Body: solid floors, chrome package, new rad,brakes,custom exhaust, tires, gas tank & sender, battery, alternator. Lots, lots more. Air cared, great daily driver, ready to go! $4500. Car is located in Langley. Call 604-8571896 after 3pm or weekends. 

Although the Mustang may have gotten the lion’s share of the headlines back in the ’60s, the reality is this: it never would have happened without the venerable little Falcon. Ford’s not-quite-as-popular economy car, the Falcon provided many a young person with reasonably affordable new transportation for the ten years between 1960 and 1970, and formed the underpinnings for what would become the fastest-selling car ever: the ‘64.5 Ford Mustang. Of course, there were some differences, as the Falcon was never really treated to the same high performance aspirations as the Mustang. Subsequently, many were outfitted with automatic transmissions and an inline six cylinder, which in 1961 meant either 90 or 101 horsepower, depending on the engine option (buyers could choose between the lower-output 144 cubic inch motor, or the higher output 170 cubic inch motor). At the time, neither of the overbuilt and understressed engines were considered horribly underpowered, and the Falcon quickly earned a reputation for spunky performance coupled with steadfast reliability and reasonably economy.

However, this one’s obviously been treated to an engine swap at some point in its lifetime, as the 200 cubic inch six cylinder advertised was in fact released in 1963; two years after this car left the assembly line. A four-main bearing engine, like the 170 c.i., the 200 c.i. engine was pretty much better in every way, and saw nearly continuous service well into the ’80s. Although I personally am hesitant to blindly suggest purchasing an obviously modified car, the fact that this Falcon was treated to a logical upgrade and retains an automatic transmission (rather than having had a V8 and four speed bolted in) would seem to indicate that the engine swap was done to effect substantial repairs rather than get a bit more speed, which in turn says something about the maturity of the person that did the engine swap. A quick check of the engine block’s freeze plugs could help indicate when the engine was replaced as well, as 1965 and later 200’s have five freeze plugs. Should this engine prove be the older example, with three freeze plugs, the replacement may very well have been handled by the local Ford dealership. And beyond the engine controversy, this particular Falcon looks amazingly good. Although the white paint may prove devilishly capable of hiding dings, dents, rust bubbles, and any other surface irregularities, the Falcon’s cult following and low public profile means many weren’t treated to the evils their more desirable Mustang-badged brethren have had to endure in recent years at the hands of immature owners. Chances are, between the condition of the paint, details (check out the door latch in one of the photos!), wheels, and interior, I’d be willing to bet this car’s lived in the garage you can see in the fourth photo for quite some time, and thus has avoided a lot of exposure to the elements. With a massive amount of parts support thanks to a large number of shared parts, an incredibly simple mechanical layout that invites an owner’s education, and it’s beautifully aging looks, it’s entirely reasonable to say that this pretty little coupe could make an amazing commuter. And even if it should require some moderate rust repair or paintwork to be brought back to peak condition, with a price tag of just $4,500, it’s an incredibly good deal, and would still be way cheaper and vastly cooler than pretty much every modern economy car. As ever, to visit the ad and see a few more photos, click on the blue text above.

1966 Ford Thunderbird – $2950

“Restoration project car, 1966 Thunderbird, 390, big block, runs great! New carb, rebuilt transmission. She is in good shape, and daily drivable. Needs some work and T.L.C., not show worthy, Please only call if you understand what that entails. $2950, to a good home. Please contact Nick at 778-891-3284, no emails.”

Looking at this particular example of automotive history, it’s hard to believe that this car’s forebears could have ever come out of a desire to compete directly with the Chevrolet Corvette. By 1966, just 11 years had passed since the then-new Thunderbird shamed the Corvette with superior horsepower figures and performance, but those 11 years had not been kind to the Thunderbird. While 1966 saw the mighty 427 big block ushered under the Corvette’s shapely hood, Ford spent the year escorting the Thunderbird’s big, luxurious fourth generation from the premises in order to make way for a newer, bigger, and vastly uglier fifth generation. Marking the last year that the Thunderbird could be called legitimately good looking, the 1966 model year features a trio of V8’s underhood (275- and 315-horsepower 390 cubic inch V8s as well as a 345-horsepower 428 cubic inch) and enough luxury features inside to sink a ship… which was ironic given the ‘bird’s land yacht status. The new Highway Pilot Automatic Speed Control set a new standard for cruise control systems, while the six way power seats ensured complete comfort for the driver and his passenger, and both new features were merely bolstering the already impressive list of amenities that included easy-ingress and egress rotating seats, tilting steering columns, power windows and locks, and a variety of other contrivances.

Of course, the downside to all these relatively complex luxury systems is that ownership of aging Thunderbirds could be a troublesome and trying experience. But, they say nothing unites people like a common foe, and few enthusiast groups are more cohesive and helpful than Thunderbird enthusiasts. With a strong aftermarket to support their penchant for replacement parts and a huge knowledge base, it can be surprisingly easy to keep one of these cars on the road. However, this being B.C., and these being cars festooned with trim and panel joints, it’s extremely important that any potential buyer do their due diligence and inspect for rust. However, if the photos are any illustration, it looks like it’s in relatively decent shape, although it looks like there’s something around the rear wheelarch that might need investigating. Clicking through to the actual ad will demonstrate the benefits of a proper hard top on an old car such as this, as the interior (what we can see of it, anyway) looks quite clean. But perhaps most telling is the inclusion of “to a good home” in the price. After putting in what appears to be a few of his own dollars, obviously the owner still cares about this old car, and that’s a really great thing to see. These are great cars that can still work as reliably as they did when they were new, and they’re extremely pleasant to drive on a daily basis, making this one yet another car you should buy.

1965 Ford Fairlane – $4000

“1965 Ford Fairlane Sport Coupe. 289, Automatic transmission, bucket seats and console. Power Steering. 121,000 documented miles. $4,000 firm. 604-813-9640, after 10 am.”

Well, once again, we find ourselves staring down the barrel (or four barrel) of yet another version of the eminently popular Ford Fairlane, this particular model being a fetching 1965 Sport Coupe. One of the older Fairlanes that have come across CYSB’s browser, ’65 marks the final year for the fourth generation of the popular Fairlane sedan, a generation that saw the Fairlane shrink to become Ford’s intermediate vehicle. Slotting between the new Ford Falcon and the equally new full-size Ford Galaxie, the fourth generation Fairlane offered a wide array of optional extras and varying body styles ranging from faux-wood adorned Squire station wagons to ridiculous 657 horsepower, 7.0L Thunderbolt drag cars.

This particular model, being a 289-powered Sport Coupe, is positioned somewhere in the upper reaches of the Fairlane model lineup. I suspect it is the 2-barrel carbureted, hydraulic-lifter equipped 289 producing 195 horsepower have been informed it’s a factory four barrel, dual exhaust car, making it a prime exemplar of the upper echelon of Fairlane performance in 1965. Producing a healthy 271 horsepower, this engine gives a good indication of just how easy power comes to the ubiquitous Ford small block. Regardless, with just over a ton and half’s worth of American sheetmetal to cart around, neither of the torquey V8s available in ’65 would have much trouble carting it around. However, with just three forward speeds available from the automatic gearbox, don’t expect stellar fuel mileage. But at just $4,000, and looking pretty much flawless, fuel costs might be the only dollars this car needs put into it.

1968 Mercury Ranger – $2000

“1968 Mercury Ranger. Always passes aircare. comes with a locking truck box, aluminum window guard and box rails. CD player, and 8 track. 2″ receiver hitch. Cool looking truck, stock hood scoops.”

Well now… believe it or not, this here is something pretty special. Fleshing out the same bones that underpinned some of the most loved Ford F-series pickups in the world, the Mercury Ranger was Ford’s answer to the unique questions posed by the heavily taxed Canadian market, at least until the Automotive Free Trade agreement was ratified in 1965. Leading to the demise of a few Mercury models, that particular document would prove the final nail in the coffin for this rare Canadian-made pickup truck in 1968, making this particular example one of the last that would ever be produced. A relatively rare and little known version of the world’s most popular vehicle, this particular Ranger model is an example of the most luxurious truck Mercury offered in 1968, coming with everything from optional (and very rare) hood scoops to an eight track to two-tone paint.

But precisely which variant of Mercury Ranger this is remains unknown. Coming in the three same GVWR designations as the F-series (F-150, F-250, and F-350), this could be either an M-150, M-250, or M-350, depending. However, the F-150 being the most common version, my money’s on this being a well-spec’ed version of that particular model, ordered by someone looking for equal measures of road going presence and work capacity. After all, while we take significant styling features such as hood scoops for granted on modern trucks, it would have taken a very special buyer to opt for such a feature in 1968, when trucks were relegated to work duties and little else. As with all Ford pickups of this era, rust in and around the cab supports in of the utmost concern, as are the wheelwells, floors, and the rear seam of the cab. Mechanically, they’re almost industructable, and the 360 is a real trooper of an engine. I’ve owned a slightly newer F-series (1974) motivated by the same powerplant, and the thing absolutely refused to bow to Death, even as the odometer rolled over half a million kilometers. As for replacement parts, although the Mercury-specific trim pieces may be more difficult to locate, the majority of the important stuff is all extremely available.

1969 Ford Galaxie – $3000

“This 1969 Galaxie is in very good condition for it’s age. It has a 390 V8, C6 auto, PS, PDB, & a 9 inch rear end with 78,000 miles. It runs great and is air cared. Was a daily driver for the 2nd owner. The car has it’s original paint & only rust in the left rear quarter panel behind the wheel well. The dark green interior is good except needs front seat recovered & dash is cracked. Comes optioned with a rare 8 track which works great. Please phone Jason at 778-772-3651 if you have any questions or need some other part.”

Even in the as-yet short history of this blog, it already feels like the Ford Galaxie is quickly becoming a favourite. Cheap, robust, plentiful, and obviously long-lasting, the gigantic and quintessential Ford populates Craigslist like a Blue Oval-adorned cockroach, rearing it’s sometimes-ugly head in everything from coupe to sedan to convertible to wagon forms. And why shouldn’t it? One of the most popular vehicles of the late ’60s, the Galaxie was to its contemporary market as the entire Toyota Corolla, Camry, and Solara lineups are to today’s car-buying public: popular and practical in equal measure.

And it was cars like this that made it so. Handsome, useful, and with just the right amount of panache thrown in, this 1969 Ford Galaxie could be a complete pussycat on Sunday morning’s church run, but would prove just as capable at destroying the bias ply rear tires on a Friday night. Refrigerator white with a black vinyl top, it might look the part of the pedestrian appliance, but with a 390 big block under the hood it was anything but. In fact, when ordered in concert with the four barrel carburetor, the 390 big block provided the biggest blast you could have in a Fairlane until midway through 1969, when Ford dropped in the 428 Cobra Jet. This means that one of this cars owners took his (or her) automobile pretty seriously. And given its current shape, I dare say that all the owners since have shown nearly as much care! With just a bit of rust appearing on the quarter panel, it’s in surprisingly good and remarkably unmolested shape. The 390 is a workhorse of an engine that’s longevity is more than matched by the C6 automatic, which means this thing will run itself into the ground. But thankfully, the power steering and power disc brakes (both great additions) will prevent the car from taking you with it. Overall, it looks as if it would make a great daily driver for someone looking for a gradual project that can be tackled one part at a time, and who doesn’t want to make the same concessions to “creative motoring” that an older car will demand.