1962 Falcon Sports Futura

What is a 1962 Sports Futura?  It was a mid-year change in the Falcon line that eliminated the rear bubble window and rounded roof line (see the 1961 Futura page).  Sports Futura standard features include bright metal (polished stainless steel) window opening trim, a choice of five different all vinyl interior trim packages, front bucket seats, center console, a white "whipcord" headliner, special Futura armrests, front and rear ashtrays, several trim emblems around the car: the glove box door, front fender "vents" and side spear running the length of the car, "Futura" script on rear quarters, "Futura" block letters across rear panel below trunk lid, Futura emblems on the C-pillar post, and Sports Futura unique full wheel covers.

Available options for the Sports Futura were limited to a "four on the floor" 4-speed transmission behind the 170ci six cylinder.  According to Ray Miller's research in his book, "Falcon - The New Size Ford" production numbers for vehicles with a 4-speed transmission were limited to 6 tenths of one percent (.006) of the production run in 1962.  I have received conflicting numbers for Sports Futura total production in 1962 - either 10,344 (provided by Falcon Club of America founder Roy Sword) or 17,011.  Since Ray Miller's numbers were based on total vehicle production, not just the Falcon line, and Ford did not maintain records of vehicles produced by body code and options. it's nearly impossible to determine how many 4-speed equipped cars were actually produced.  Let's just say they were produced in limited numbers.

Regardless, I am happy to have an original 4-speed optioned Sports Futura even though it no longer has the 4-speed.  I have since acquired a complete Dagenham 4-speed setup including everything from the flywheel to the rear axle and may someday return this car to original condition.

Body code for the 62 1/2 Sports Futura is 62C, while Futuras produced prior to mid-1962 are 64C.  These still have the bucket seats, center console, and bright trim, but they do not have the T-Bird roof line and were not available with the 4-speed.


This is what it looked like before I started on the car.

The "conversion" someone made using a Mustang or Fairlane shifter. You can see the 4-speed hump where the shifter is mounted.  The shifter is connected to a C-4 auto which I will use with this car.  Whoever made the conversion also changed the column and removed the clutch pedal.  A lot of work to convert to the automatic.


The original "frozen" 170 on the left and the new 200 on the right.  The engine compartment has been completely cleaned and repainted.  The engine has been retrofitted with a DuraSpark II ignition (distributor, ignition amplifier) from an '82 Fairmont, a Jacobs Ultra Coil and 8.5mm pure silicone wires, Clifford dual outlet header, and a Holley/Weber 5200 2bbl carb.  I also upgraded the cooling system installing a high efficiency radiator core.  The original six-cylinder core was 1 1/4" thick and the new core is a full 2" thick, plus the new core has almost a third more tubes than the stock radiator for greater heat transfer.

More '62 pics.

General Engine Specs:

'66 200 block bored .060 and decked .020
'66 head:
    ported, #3/#4 exhaust port divider, 1.75" intake valves, hardened exhaust seats, 3-angle grind,
    shaved .020"
Silv-O-Lite pistons 9.2:1 advertised compression
Comp Cams 260H .440 lift in/ex; 260 degrees advertised duration in/ex
Early 60s adjustable rocker shaft
Clevite rod and main bearings - .010
Rods re-sized, polished, new rod bolts
Fel-Pro gaskets

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