Okay, maybe a pair of wild coyotes is more accurate. But these two creations from the mind and hands of Tom Nash are worthy of a little hyperbole. It all started with the ’63 Ford Falcon because Tom wanted to build a stock car for the street.
When he got the Falcon, it was a rust-free car but it couldn’t have been farther from it’s current iteration. It was originally a gasser project that ended up lowering the stance by approximately 18 inches.
Having always been a fan of the short track stock cars of the ’60s, he wanted to bring one to the street. Tom had owned a 2011 Mustang, and he became a fan of the Coyote powerplant. So when Ford announced the availability of the Coyote crate engine, he knew he had to have one for his Falcon.
Looking over this car was like an Easter egg hunt; it’s full of hidden treasures such as the Mustang II front suspension with rack & pinion and the very subtle but well executed “bump” in the hood to clear the massive dimensions of the 5.0L powerplant. He built a beautiful dash with gauges and switches to maintain the stock car theme. A Tremec TKO600 transmission gets the Coyote’s rumble to the posi-equipped nine-inch rearend.
Tom did all of this build himself, from the intricate tin work, body modifications, and chassis and suspension fabrication, to the Wood Brothers inspired red-over-cream paint job. He succeeded in getting just the right stance with the big meats and Bassett wheels, adding just the right touch.
On The Tail Of Nash’s Comet
Tom loves the Falcon, but it’s lack of creature comforts had him desiring something a little bit more refined. He began looking for a Maverick to add his special touch to and ended up finding the ’71 Mercury Comet you see here.
Affectionately called “White Noise” – for reasons that became apparent as soon as he fired it up to back out of his garage – the Comet has the same Coyote powerplant as the Falcon. But for those creature comforts, the Comet has the heater, air conditioning, and power steering the Falcon is lacking.
The Comet has other features to make it more “practical”, including carpeting and door panels. The timeless swoopy lines of “White Noise” are accented by it’s low aggressive stance and excellent Centerline wheels and Mickey Thompson tire choice. The three-link rear suspension and Wilwood brakes make sure this car can handle the curves as well.
Tom Nash has created two cars that are both unique and mainstream at the same time. His attention to detail and pride in craftsmanship show from every angle, and clearly shows that he thinks outside the box.
Tom isn’t done either; we got a sneak peek of a ’64 Falcon Sprint he’s working on for his friend Alan Repashy. Tom is crafting body mods to fit massive rubber under the Falcon in the form of 315 front, 335 rear tires. Alan plans to build the car to NASA Racing standards, and you can be sure when it’s done we’ll be on the lookout so we can share it with you.