DECEMBER 2015: ’65 FORD FALCON –SHE LOVES HER FRANKEN-FALCON GASSER

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Gassers never went out of style.

 

 

‘People have been drawn to these outlandish race cars since the first one hit the track in the 50s but the Gassers really took off in the 60s.’

 

Gassers were intimidating, loud, straight-axle monsters with off the chart cool factor and car guys were drawn to them like swallows to Capistrano.

 

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Cindy Crawford grew up in a gearhead family –her father was really into cars but very few people would pick her off as the owner of a nasty-looking ’65 Ford Falcon Gasser. This car is intimidating when it’s parked and few people can hop behind the wheel and hit the street with any kind of ease but Cindy does.

 

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Cindy outlined the history behind the Falcon—she said it “ran as a Gasser back in the 60s” and a closer look reveals a track history because this is a bare bones car. Cindy explained how she “saw it and told her husband Gary let’s go get it”. She comes by the car gene naturally because her “dad was an old hot rod guy and stock car racer so it was definitely in the family and in the blood”.

 

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This was not a turnkey car so Cindy had to get her hands dirty just to get it back on the street. She stripped the whole car herself—all six coats of paint and there were many other nasty jobs involved with this ’65 Falcon but Cindy knew the game would get dirty.

 

 

She credits her husband Gord as the force behind the car’s mechanicals because he’s “a guy who’s been building cars forever so he knew what I liked and he likes to build everything right. He’d give me a project and I’d take it on”.

 

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Cindy did the interior panels on the Falcon and added her personal touch because she also collects posters. This Gasser has a classic horror movie theme and it definitely adds to the experience of a monster ride. She calls her passenger “Grimley” and that’s a nickname that really fits.

 

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There are other unique touches like the vintage microphone gear shift knob that’s been used by big names like Faith Hill and Dwight Yoakam because this old Gasser is all about function and form.

 

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This is a 302 cubic inch 450-horse ride with a 4:11 rear end so it’s definitely not a highway car and Cindy admits she doesn’t drive it there but she has done a lot of time on the street. Gassers require a great deal of focus to drive and Cindy explained what it’s like to drive this monster.

 

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Cindy said she didn’t know the Detroit locker rear end makes the Falconjump around corners” so she had to adjust to that in her first run on the street. The other thing was the noise. Cindy explained how it runs with “cutouts open all the time so it’s really noisy inside the car”—an understatement to anyone caught next to the Falcon when it fires up.

 

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Gassers are ultra-cool but most people never associate them with female owners because they’re not practical or easy to drive. Cindy takes that in stride even when the questions about that car are automatically aimed at the closest male. She’s philosophical about the confusion because she’s put blood into the car.

 

 

A lot of guys can’t say that about their own rides.

 

 

Jerry Sutherland

 

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