We're all about performance, hard driving, and building vintage rods that are track terrors, but sometimes that's just not what a car is all about. Sometimes certain cars are really more about the cruise and the leisurely enjoyable drive. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that, and the good news is that the same upgrades we always advocate for aggressive driving can yield the same benefits for those cars.
Take this cool little 1964 Falcon convertible owned by Hedman Hedders, for example. It's a very clean, straight little cruiser still running the original 260ci V-8 (with headers and good exhaust, of course) and two-speed auto, so it's not exactly stunningly quick. But once you get rolling with the top down, who cares?
So aside from our blessed lady of acceleration, the other finer points of modernizing a classic still come into play for our leisurely jaunts. Good brakes are always worthwhile for safety, and more confidence-inspiring suspension and steering will make the drive more effortless and relaxing. In the case of this 1964 Falcon, it might get a peppier engine rebuild and three forward gears down the road, but track domination really isn't the goal. A driving experience that puts a smile on your face is, though.
To make it happen while keeping the upgrades simple and affordable, Classic Performance Products' (CPP) new front suspension system for Falcon/Comet/Ranchero was chosen along with their steering box upgrade and big disc brakes. CPP offers similar packages for a variety of cars as well as other Fords, so if your cruiser could use a refresh, check out how easily it can be updated for more smiles per hour.