Gene Pastour had been looking for a 1964 Ford Falcon Futura for three years before he “finally found one that wasn’t all rust.” He acquired the car in Chicago in 2001; since then, it’s been a work in progress as he’s replaced broken parts and implemented improvements.
“I’ve done a lot to it. Rims, tires, shift kit, transmission, drive shaft,” he says. “It’s got all the original floorboards and everything else in it.”
The latest addition are bucket seats, which he sandblasted and painted to match the car’s backseat. His search for seats took him around six months due to their rarity; he found sets ranging from $500 to $1,200. Eventually, Pastour decided to order one, only to come across a find the day they arrived.
“I was over in the east side of Des Moines the day (the bucket seats) arrived, talking to a guy who said ‘I think I’ve got a set of them in my garage,’ ” Pastour says. “I said, ‘You’re kidding me.’ I bought the pair from the guy for $50. And they were the best set I found.”
The style and relative rarity of the ’64 Futura is what hooked Pastour.
“This has one of the sharpest rooflines and body designs I think a Ford ever had. Probably in the Des Moines area, I can guarantee you I’m about the only one out and about running all the time,” he says. “Every once and awhile, ou’ll see another one pop up. But most of them are ’65s.”
Pastour and his wife participate in car shows, and the Futura has won its fair share of awards. But these days, accoladas aren’t as important to the couple as they once were.
“It’s at the point where I enjoy going for the cruising just as much as I like sitting around all day waiting to win a $6 trophy,” Pastour says.
With the improvements Pastour has made and the fact that it only has 20,000 miles on it, the Futura will be around for a while. Pastour plans to get the most out of it.
“If it’s nice, I’ll drive it wherever I’m going,” he says. “I figure it’s there to have fun with, so that’s what we try to do with it.”Contact Jared at 953-4822 ext.306 or firstname.lastname@example.org to recommend someone for an upcoming issue of “What’s In Your Garage?”