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I have a 1962 falcon station wagon. i am looking at a 1975 maverick that was an original 6cyl car but converted to v8. not sure what has been changed over. my question is......will maverick stock 5lug disc brakes fit my car like the granada and what about the steering linkages (center link).
heard that maverick spindles are the same as granada but not sure of ball joint sizes and center link length.

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looks like the maverick spindles are a match for granada spindles. found out that the early mustang lca's will work with the 4 bolt ball joints to this setup.
 

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I have a 1962 falcon station wagon. i am looking at a 1975 maverick that was an original 6cyl car but converted to v8. not sure what has been changed over. my question is......will maverick stock 5lug disc brakes fit my car like the granada and what about the steering linkages (center link).

heard that maverick spindles are the same as granada but not sure of ball joint sizes and center link length.
if anything, you might be able to swap the control arms over if you're not sure about the balljoint size?

i think someone else may be qualified to answer this since i'm more knowledgeable about the Fox Chassis cars 78-04...
 

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actually now that i think of it, did any of the older mustangs have5 lug? the mustang was based off the falcon...
 

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mustang lower arms will fit on the falcon but the centerlink is different plus finding the mustang disc setup is hard to do. i found a maverick with 5 lug disc and rear end. its cheap thats why i was wandering what all i could use off of it.
 

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I have the mustang spindles ready to go into my car,but have also acquired a '65 steering linkage. That is supposedly the setup that cooperates together,but I don't have it installed yet to say for sure.Tried to post a link,but I'm not "mature enough "yet on this forum.
1960 - 65 Falcon/Comet Manual Steering Conversion 6 Cylinder to V-8

There are several different points of view on converting the Falcon/Comet manual steering from the 6 cylinder set up to the V-8. We are presenting our point of view to educate the customer so they can make the decision that is correct for them. The main reason to convert the steering and front end components is to upgrade to V-8 brakes, whether disc or drums. We have found that the majority of our customers want to use the 1974 - 79 Granada disc brakes. We are not prepared to go into all of the options and pros and cons of different braking systems at this time, only to get the necessary steering components in place so that you will be able to attach the spindles and brakes of your choice.

1960 - 62

The early Falcons have their own set of circumstances that must first be dealt with. The ball joint studs on these early cars are too small to accept the later spindles. We recommend changing both the upper and lower control arms to the 1963-1965 Falcon/Comet control arms. The 1963 - 65 Falcons/Comets do not have this problem and the ball joints should only be replaced if they are worn out.

1960 - 65

We are aware that Ford did some strange things in the production of these cars and subsequent owners have done some even stranger things. We are going to make an assumption that may or may not be true in all situations. We assume that if you have a 6 cylinder Falcon/Comet produced between 1960 - 65, it has a 1" sector shaft in the steering gear box. You can verify this fact very easily. If a 1-1/8" socket will fit on the nut that retains the pitman arm to the sector shaft, then you have a 1" sector shaft. If it takes a larger socket, then you have a 1-1/8" sector shaft and someone has probably changed the steering box.

The main ingredient to the steering conversion is the center link. The only product that will fit correctly must come from a 1963 - 64 or 1965 V-8 Ford Falcon/Comet. The 1963 - 64 and the 1965 center link are completely different and cannot be interchanged. We recommend the 1965 V-8 center link for several reasons. The first reason is that the 1965 center link is reproduced and readily available. The second reason is cost, not the cost of a used 1963- 64 manual steering center link versus a the cost of a new 1965 manual steering center link, but rather the cost of the attaching parts. If replacement parts are ever needed, it is much less expensive to use the 1965 parts.
There- that should cover it.
 

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Maybe someone could sneak over to the other site and somehow get Peps' build thread moved over here, it was chock full of good info.
 

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yeah ive been looking at falconparts.com. i bought the 75 maverick i was refering to. so we will see how it goes! im not going to post on the other forum anymore so we will see how it goes here. i will try and post some info on my homemade airride set-up if anyones interested.
 

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To install the V-8 into the early Falcon body you need the uniques 1965 ONLY Falcon/Comet V-8 centerlink. ALL OTHERS ARE TOO LONG and you can not align the car with the longer parts installed.

Repo's of the correct centerlink are sold by various vendors dealing in Falcons/Comet.

If you want compleat instructions on the suspension/steering upgrade send me a private message and i will arrange to send to you a copy of the Car Craft Magazine article covering the correct way to install the Granada/Maverick spindles on to the early Falcon. The article lists ALL the required parts.
 

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well its been a while since i have been on here .... but i figured out that the stock steering can be adapted to the maverick/granada spindle with the bushings from mustang steve, upper 4 bolt ball joints from a 66 mustang and 65-66 mustang lower control arms/ball joints. i am sticking with the 4lug setup for a while longer until i get the maverick 8" rearend ready to go in. then i will install all of it at once. im also working on the geo booster setup just haven't figured out the master cylinder im going to use yet.


I am now going to install a 200ci 6 cylinder/c4 combo. i bought the transmission adapter from falconparts.com and im going to make a shift linkage. I have a 2barrel weber carb for it and i used a 92-95 civic gas pedal with the throttle cable to resolve the carbuerator change. i take pictures of everything so if anyone needs visuals of anything i am doing let me know.:D
 
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