After missing a 4 dr 71 torino in mint condition by about 5 hours I came across this 64 fairlane 4dr in damn near perfect condition yesterday. the asking price on both of these cars was under $2000. This car is for my wife. I just sold her 98 mitsubishi eclipse that was on the virge of a complete breakdown. she needs a 4 door because we have a 5 month old baby now and need to get a car seat in the back and it is also her birthday today so I surprised her this morning with it and she was so happy.
I looked at this car yesterday and bought it in 2 seconds. It drives like a dream with only 80,000 original miles. It aslo has a 260 motor so its excellent on gas. I am thrilled with my new purchase and glad I saw this one before I made the mistake of buying a 99 Saturn with 100,000 and a questionable clutch noise. I love old fords !!!!!!
just a few spots of mild surface rust along the seams. I think I just got lucky because the guy I bought it from was a chevy guy. It was a younger guy that had it and he said he had his eye on a 50's style chevy truck. I don't think he really knew what he had or appreciated as much as us.
The guys dad pulled up in a nice hotroded 31 custom deluxe chevy roadster to take him home because we met halfway. I could tell these guys were " car guys " and probably took really good care of it while they had it.
<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: norcal500 on 7/23/06 1:45pm ]</font>
Congrats on getting your wife interested in such a car. I've been trying to talk my wife into ferrying our 4 kids around in an old wagon. She wants an Excursion. The price compromise puts her in a '95 Windstar.
Any seatbelts in the back? My '64 only had belts in the front. I installed the rears. If you don't have belts in the back, get them. If they are there, closely inspect how they are mounted, as they were likely installed by a previous owner. Make sure there is some sort of doubler to keep the bolts from pulling through the floor. Juliano's sells a great kit for installing seat belts. www.julianos.com
I bought 1 Bell brand replacement lap belt for the middle back seat for the car seat. It comes with all the hardware to install. It looks like 1 large nut and screw and 2 large, thick washers. I have to drill a hole through the metal. I will probably paint around the drill hole so it doesn't rust in the future. I was thinking about putting 2 shoulder belts on either side in the back also.
my wife is thrilled with the car. I can tell she loves it and she keeps very good care of it. She said that at her work her whole department organized a field trip to the parking lot to look at her new ride the first day she drove it to work. Lots of classic car people at her work.
She takes the baby out with her every morning to help start the car and now she reads my summit, dearborn and jegs catalogs. I wouldn't be surprised if she made her way to this board in a few months asking how she can get more horsepower out of her 260.
we were looking at a 63 1/2 galaxie wagon and a 4dr 71 torino but went with the 4dr fairlane. I think she realized she could get a way cooler car in our price range than a more expensive late model car. In my opinion my 64 and 65 fairlanes are more reliable than my 2000 exploder .
I'm getting the boy started young. ford hotrodder for life.......
<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: norcal500 on 8/5/06 5:19am ]</font>
I am looking into the 3 point belts too. My kids are getting too big to use the 5pt harness car seats, but not big enough to ride without a booster seat. Since booster seats are not supposed to be used with lap belts only, 3 out of my 4 kids can only ride in 1 of our 7 cars! Of course, only 1/2 of my cars are actually drivable right now.