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Old 07-10-2004, 07:02 PM
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A few updates on the 64 Fairlane

Hey guys,
I don't know how many of you remember when I posted my fairlane on here a couple months ago, but I figured I'd do an update thread and see what everyone thinks so far. Last time I posted, I just finished the bags, there was nothing else done (no interior, motor needed some work) here's a picture of what I think I posted last time:


But I've got a little done since then. The motor is out but isn't done yet, so I'll post the finished motor pics when it's done, should be soon. It's the stock 289, bored .030 over, mild cam, hydraulic lifters, and all the basic rebuild stuff. here's a pic of the motor sitting in the back of the truck right after I pulled it, waiting to get brought out to the shop:

and here's the engine bay before:

here's after. it's just cleaned up and painted flat black, nothin fancy:


here's the front of the car, with the grille in and bumper on and everything. I'll get it rechromed when the time comes, but this shows what it'll look like:

here's a new side view, I had it rolled out into the grass today to do a little painting on the door, so I took some pics:

I had to add this one cuz it makes me proud (not the dents, the grass)...


Here's one of the door panel I made up, don't mind those wrinkles in the white part, it was my first try, I'll keep redoing them until they're flat:


sorry these next few pictures are so small, I'm not sure why. But, here's the gauges I'm using, they're from a 63 fairlane, they came in a box of parts with the car, and they fit with just a little cutting, and look like a thousand times better than the stock gauges:


and I have a bunch more pictures, but I have to wait for someone else to post so I can post them up, too many pictures for one thread! thanks for looking, more will be up soon.

~Frank~

Here's a better picture of the buckets I put in, they're out of an 80's mustang:


Here's a picture of the trunk, I built a wood floor that came up flush with the sides, so that the trunk would look better, and I put hinges on it so I could lift a section of it and store tools and a jack and stuff under it:


Thatís pretty much all of what Iíve done so far, soon Iím going to finish the body work, shave the handles and fill the trim holes, get the engine back in, finish the interior and decide on a color. Thatís where I need some help from you guys, Iím trying to decide what paint scheme to go with. Iím thinking of a blue with a white top scheme, like this impala:


or, Iíd do a two tone white/silver, or white/green like these pictures:




so what do you guys think? What would you guys paint it? I'm open to any suggestions. Sorry about the gigantic post, I tried to break it up into a few but it kept adding them to my original post. Thanks a lot for looking!

~Frank~

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Old 07-10-2004, 07:48 PM
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i love the in the weeds look.

i can't get over the engine bay!!! it's absolutely amazing what a coat of cheap rattle can paint can accomplish.
lookin good man!

you've allready come a long way.
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Old 07-10-2004, 09:31 PM
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Man you did a good job
Gotta love the car diggin into the grass!

Nice car, and nice interior work!

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yeah man nice car, the door panel looks good for a first try nice job on the trunk and engine bay, I really want to see it when its done!!!!!!!!!!!


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Old 07-11-2004, 08:04 AM
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Thanks everyone for the replies and compliments!!

Larry,
It really is amazing what a can of rattle paint, some sandpaper, and an afternoon can do. That engine bay will be lookin better when I get the motor in I can't wait!

Nightfire,
I love the diggin in the grass look too, and it's even lower in the grass with the other wheels and tires on!

Coolness,
I'll let you guys know when it's done! What does everyone think about the paint colors? Any opinions? Thanks everyone for checking out the updates, talk to you soon!

~Frank~
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Old 07-11-2004, 08:13 AM
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Look like a heretic owned it before you, only a witch would paint a Ford valve cover Chevy orange. Lookin good!
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Old 07-11-2004, 10:09 AM
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I'd also go with the blue and white like you suggested already.
It's looking preet sweet on that impala.
What colour are you painting the engine?

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Old 07-11-2004, 04:02 PM
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Look like a heretic owned it before you, only a witch would paint a Ford valve cover Chevy orange. Lookin good!
For some reason the motors in fairlanes came orange. My buddy has a 63 fairlane with a 260 thats painted orange and I guy I know used to have a 64 was also painted orange.
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Old 07-11-2004, 08:22 PM
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Nightfire,
That impala looks real sweet, and I think the body style is similar enough that it'll probably look ok on the fairlane too. But I'm still not positive on the color yet, I guess I still have some time to decide! The engine is low gloss black, with gray and aluminum accents, and the inside (even though you'll never see it, unless you're working with me on the engine) is all painted with red glyptol paint to help move the oil along.

Old school and 4 jaw,
I think the guy that owned it before me thought those orange valve covers and air cleanerto go, cuz it came with another set of the same exact thing in blue that I think he had on before, but changed them back to orange to be original when he sold it. I'm not sure why in the world the fairlanes would come with those chevy orange. Thanks everyone for the replies, I'll keep you updated and post some more pictures when I get more stuff done!

~Frank~
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I know what you mean with the valve covers. Both my 64 and 65 comets came with yellow valve covers and yellow air cleaner. That was the original colors. Ford was just into the colorful 60's I guess.
As the color goes I would go with something with a large flake. Either a light blue. or maybe a green. I don't know. I would like to see a 60's style flake job on that thing. It looks good though.
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Old 02-16-2006, 06:27 AM
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comet boy,
thanks for the reply, i totally forgot about this thread! I finally got the car on the road for july of last year, and it ran great until the snow came now it's in the garage until the roads clear up again. Here are some pictures of it from the last time i went out and got pictures, which was kind of a long time ago, i'll try to dig up some newer pictures:



sorry about the bad inside pic, i don't have anything better





i have a few body work pictures too i think that i can post later if anyone's interested. thanks for looking!

frank
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Excellent. I do 63s.

The only thing that I have learned over the years is to strip that engine compartment and spray it with shiny urethane clearcoat, or a good single stage urethane. The rattle can starts looking rough in a few months.

If you ever do chassis stuff, like brakes, etc, let me know, I have done several brake conversions, suspension upgrades, and EFI conversions.

Just curious, how did you do the bags in front?
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Old 02-16-2006, 03:50 PM
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xntric,
thanks for the reply, yeah i stripped the engine compartment then just sprayed it rattle can flat black and put a satin clearcoat on it and it's still lookin ok after a year, hopefully it'll last through this summer too. If i decide to do any brake conversions or anything i'll let you know, thanks for the offer. a brake swap hasn't fit in the budget yet, maybe someday. I have all the efi stuff off of a 302 but i'm going to keep it carbureted, have any pictures of the fairlanes you've done? For the front bags, all i did was take out the spring and the shock, and air ride tech sells brackets that bolts into the spring pocket where the spring and shock were, then you bolt your bag to the bracket, and to the control arm, it's that easy. then you just weld in some shock relocation brackets and you're set. in the back i still have the mono-leaf but hopefully i can put in a 4 link before the summer, along with dual exhaust, and a york engine driven compressor with some bigger tanks (i run out of air way too fast right now). But, i'll try to remember to keep this thread updated.

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Old 02-18-2006, 03:56 PM
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The upper control arm does NOT have a floating mount like all other Fords. I thought that might be very hard on the bags with all that twisting and flexing. It is easy to see how much the wire springs curve on these cars.

Also when it is down all the way, the upper ball joint could be in a severe bind if the control arm is going farther up than the factory rubber bumper.

Granada knuckles and brake assemblies bolt on simply, with only minor alterations necessary and make a world of difference in stopping power. Granada knuckles, calipers, rotors, master cylinder, prop valve, and even the 15/16 sway bar should run less than $ 150 total at a yard. Add a few new parts and hoses, and $ 300 should cover it all.
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