ROMANCE, Ark. -- It would accurate to say that being a fan of the Ford Falcon (and Ford Performance in general) is in the blood of Mark Sword Jr.
The Union Pacific engineer from Romance, Ark., is member No. 10,000 of the Falcon Club of America. His father is member No. 1,000, his great uncle No. 100 (which now belongs to Sword's son), and his grandfather, Roy Sword, was No. 1.
"I have never owned a vehicle other than a Ford Motor Company product. Never will," said Sword, who has owned 31 Ford vehicles at one time or another. He still owns his first one, a 1992 Thunderbird.
While he adores the SVT Lightnings, Maruaders, F-Series trucks and his 2003/2004 Cobras, Sword is particularly attached to the Falcons he has owned -- particularly his "dream car" 1965 Ford Falcon Sprint. And the highlight of his '65 Falcon is the Coyote motor he added during his modification job.
"The Coyote swap was the best decision I've made on a build. The wiring harness from Ford Performance makes this install so much easier and well worth it.
"Most do a Mustang I front end on a Coyote swap, but we went with power rack and pinion which allowed me to keep the shock towers, just having to cut them back to fit the Coyote in. It had a 1995 Cobra R hood made for it, which is the only one in existence."
After a local shop helped with much of the custom work, the true test of success for the modification job was the inspection by his grandfather. Not only did Sword's grandfather give him the thumbs-up, he had a pedal car painted to match the Falcon.
Check out this list of major modifications Sword made to his 1965 Falcon Sprint:
- 1 of 2,806 Hardtop Sprints sold in 1965
- 5.0 Coyote Engine Swap
- Tremec T56 Transmission
- McLeod Clutch
- NASCAR 9" Rearend
- Strange Engineering Posi w/ 3.55's
- Pypes Stainless Exhaust
- Wilwood Disc Brakes
- Wilwood Master Cylinder
- Old Air Products Air Conditioning
- Power Rack & Pinion Steering
- Billet Specialties Mag 20x10.5
- Billet Specialties Mag 17x7
- BFGoodrich KDW Tires
- 1 of 1 Falcon Cobra R Hood
- 1 of 1 Sprint Strut Brace
- Autometer Ultra-Lite Gauges
- Hurst Shifter
- Forever Sharp Billet Steering Wheel
- Custom Interior By Brown's Upholstery
- Kenwood Stereo
- Factory Sprint Tachometer
Fabrication by Shahan Performance