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Old 04-07-2012, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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I know a woman thats been driving a 1963 ford falcon for 15 yrs. It has a slant 6 & manual steering & drum brakes. Its a nice & clean car. She told me she gets 30 mpg. Is that possible ?
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Old 04-07-2012, 11:42 PM
 
Location: Earth
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Doesn't sound possible to me, unless it has fuel injection and overdrive transmission, which I highly doubt it does.

Also I don't believe Ford cars ever had a slant six in them....the slant six was what Chrysler used in cars like the Duster in the 60's and 70's. Ford did have a straight six back then.
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Old 04-08-2012, 12:24 AM
 
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little 170 ci 6, 3 speed manual, no emission controls, no power equipment, in a fairly small and light car-yep, I think it's quite possible. I had a 72 Mustang with the bigger 6, 3 speed and power steering, in a larger and heavier car and that gave me mid 20's, almost 30 on the highway.
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Old 04-08-2012, 12:51 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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The six on early Falcons was only 144 cu in. If driven carefully it could easily get 30 mpg.

It definitely does NOT have a slant 6. Like Deez Nutz said, only Chrysler had the slant six. They came in 170, 198, and 225 cu. in. They appeared in late 1959 in the 1960 Dodge Dart, and Plymouth models.
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Old 04-08-2012, 06:56 AM
 
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I know a woman thats been driving a 1963 ford falcon for 15 yrs.
It has a slant 6.


The only way that this Falcon has a "Slant Six" is if it has a broken motor mount that causes the engine to sag toward the passenger side of the vehicle.


(That's six laughs, for all six cylinders.)
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Old 04-08-2012, 08:11 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I had a 63 Ranchero that I restored. The 144 90 hp was up to 1964, 63 and up was the 170 straight 6. In 1961 the 170 beacme an option, and was simply a stroked 144. My 170 105 hp was with a 4 speed stick and I regularly got 28 and 32 on trips. Those drum brakes were unsafe in wet weather, get them wet and you have no brakes until they dried out. I have a picture of the engine on mine:
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Old 04-08-2012, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Saint Louis, MO
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Yep, i'd say it's doable...what's really hurt fuel economy in modern vehicles is the weight of the car itself. The engines are pretty fantastic and sip fuel compared to many of the older powerplants, while producing significantly more horsepower per liter, the new transmissions have six, seven, and eight forward gears...often giving the driver 2 overdrives. If you were combining this into an older vehicle, without all the modern safety equipment, crash zones, airbags, and extra baggage, you'd still see great fuel economy, probably better than the newer vehicle...it'd likely accelerate better too...but no comments on turning, or braking.
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Old 04-08-2012, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Texas
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From the Ford library:

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Almost immediately the new Falcon was a success and more than one million total units were sold by 1962. The Falcon was offered in several new models thanks to the sales and interest and it now included the Falcon Futura and Sprint. In 1961 the Futura model was released and came with very appealing exterior ornamentation and new deluxe interior trim with floor console and bucket seats. On the Futura model, standard equipment included the 144 six cylinder engine that was capable of '32.68 mpg' in Ford testing. For the Falcon in 1961 the new 170 special six cylinder was an upgraded six with more hp, available as an option.
For 1963 the Ford Falcon Sprint featured two major updates. The all new 260 V8 engine was now available from the factory and the new Falcon convertible was available in both Sprint and Futura models. The Sprint came standard with 260 V8 engine, exterior molding, 6,000 rpm tachometer along with deluxe interior trim package. Buyers could purchase the Sprint with a factory 4-speed on the floor.
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Old 04-08-2012, 10:38 AM
 
Location: In The Pacific
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If I can still recall correctly, when I was stationed in the Philippines in the late 60s, I owned a 1965 Ford Falcon Futura Station Wagon and she drove like a dream, with power everything and a small block V8 289 c.i.d engine!
I am now retired in the Philippines and own a fully restored from the ground up a 1979 Toyota Corolla SR coupe, also red, but with only a 1300 cc 4 cylinder 3K engine with dual twin carbs, 4 speed manual transmission and the air condition still works!

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Old 04-08-2012, 11:22 AM
 
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I know a woman thats been driving a 1963 ford falcon for 15 yrs. It has a slant 6 & manual steering & drum brakes. Its a nice & clean car. She told me she gets 30 mpg. Is that possible ?
Probably has no a/c either.....
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