Car Craft Q&A
Car Craft: An Australian Falcon is a far cry from the typical street machines. Any particular reason you wanted to build one?
Reed Herman: I think the Australian Falcon combines the best styling cues from all the American Fords of that era. Plus, it's just my personality. I always like to have something different and cool, but in this instance, I had to go to Australia to get it.
CC: How difficult was it to register a righthand-drive car in the U.S.?
RH: Quite easy. Anything over 25 years old is both EPA and DOT exempt, meaning you can pretty much do whatever you want with it.
CC: Did it take long to acclimate to righthand drive?
RH: That's the number one question people ask. It's not that different--you're only two feet over in the car. Put it this way, you either get used to it, or else you'll constantly run into things. But really, it's not as weird as some people think.
CC: How tricky was it to fit the massive 335s out back?
RH: Pretty easy. The wheelwell is huge from the factory, and I didn't even have to roll the fender lips.
Car: '75 Australian Ford Falcon XB-GT
Owner: Reed Herman, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Engine: 429ci big-block
Heads:Aluminum Edelbrock Performer RPM, 2.19/1.76-inch intake/exhaust valves, 1.7:1 Crane Cams roller rockers
Induction: Edelbrock Performer RPM with Holley Pro series 950-cfm carb
Camshaft: Comp Cams solid-roller, 256/266 degrees duration at 0.050-inch lift, 0.580/0.615-inch lift
Transmission: Ford C6, B&M 10-inch 2,500-stall converter
Rearend: Ford 9-inch, Currie 3.70:1 gears, 31-spline axles
Front suspension: Stock with boxed/braced Shelby control arm modifications, Pro-Motorsports Negative Wedge kit, Global West urethane bushings, KYB shocks
Rear suspension: Branda leaf spring with Global West road-race shackle kit and Del-A-Lum bushings, KYB shocks
Brakes: '71 Mustang calipers with 11-inch cross-drilled discs, front; Cadillac calipers with Lincoln Mark VII 11-inch discs, rear
Wheels and tires: 16x8 American Racing Torq-Thrust IIs with P245/45R16 Dunlap SPs, front; 17x11 American Racing Torq-Thrust IIs with P335/35R17 Dunlap SPs, rear
Body mods: Factory Ford Racing chin spoiler, rear wing, '73 XA Falcon taillights
Paint: Ford Cobalt Blue by The Paint Genie in Hopkins, Minnesota, with Silver stripes by Pinnacle Signs and Graphics in St. Paul
Cost to Build: $58,000