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1964 Model Year Specifics? Fairlane vs Fairlane 500

Howdy folks. I'm a Galaxie owner who is going to look at a '64 Fairlane this weekend and wanted to get some information about the model. It is advertised as a '64 2dr post sedan with a 260 V8 and I'm weighing its options as a potential Thunderbolt clone starter. Can you experts help fill me in?

What is the difference between a regular Fairlane 2dr sedan and a Fairlane 500 sedan, was it just a trim level option, or is there more to it?

Are all models factory with the torsion bar front suspensions or were they regular a-arm suspensions on the V8 models?

Finally, are the '64 model year cars unibody constructions or are they full framed?

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Re: 1964 Model Year Specifics? Fairlane vs Fairlane 500

The 500 had a lot of chrome trim and the regular did not. Simple as that.
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Re: 1964 Model Year Specifics? Fairlane vs Fairlane 500

Torsion bars like a Mopar? None of the 64's have them or other year Fairlanes.

Just upper and lower A- arms with coil springs that sit on top of the upper arm. And massive shock towers protruding into the engine compartement.

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Re: 1964 Model Year Specifics? Fairlane vs Fairlane 500

Pretty sure the T-bolts were all? sedans. The best clones are also post cars. Nothing wrong with the hardtops, Got one, fun cars.
All are unibody.
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Re: 1964 Model Year Specifics? Fairlane vs Fairlane 500

It was trim and option levels back then. There was a slight difference in interior trim and it said 500 so every one knew. Dash trim may be a little different. The main thing in looks is the 500 side trim is about 2" wide with a painted center and the base was just a single narrow piece of chrome.
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Re: 1964 Model Year Specifics? Fairlane vs Fairlane 500

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The 500 had a lot of chrome trim and the regular did not. Simple as that.

I think this is correct.

Was a few different items "inside" too.

The fenders carried a different part number as they had pre-drilled holes for the emblems. If you are handy to brazing, then that should not be a setback then.

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Re: 1964 Model Year Specifics? Fairlane vs Fairlane 500

One thing to look for if your going to be doing a thunderbolt clone is to get a post coupe with the trim around the post and rear qtr windows, If you take a a look a 500 4 door sedan the post around the windows has stainless trim. This a particularly hard set of piece to find for a coupe.
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Re: 1964 Model Year Specifics? Fairlane vs Fairlane 500

It's a TRIM option. That is the Only difference, inside and outside trim.
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Re: 1964 Model Year Specifics? Fairlane vs Fairlane 500

the body code is stamped underneath the door floor plate that holds that portion of the carpet it will tell the assembler what trim to add for 500 or not.
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Re: 1964 Model Year Specifics? Fairlane vs Fairlane 500

Most of the trim pieces were actually stainless or anodized aluminum, not much chrome except for the B/C pillar plated pot metal, the fender "splitters" and the Fairlane, Fairlane 500 scripts.
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Was a few different items "inside" too.

Wm.
yep. here's a 1964 Fairlane non-500 instrument panel I've had for about a decade. it's smaller than the 500's panel and didn't incorporate the large piece of trim that carried over into the center section of the dash and contained the heater controls.


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Re: 1964 Model Year Specifics? Fairlane vs Fairlane 500

If you are wanting a T Bolt Clone they are 500 and i have finely found tall the 500 trim and let me tell you the center post trim is imposable to find it took me a year and i paid thought the nose for it! take that into consideration when looking at the car.
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If you are wanting a T Bolt Clone they are 500 and i have finely found tall the 500 trim and let me tell you the center post trim is imposable to find it took me a year and i paid thought the nose for it! take that into consideration when looking at the car.
I have a set of very good condition post-car centre post trim. I actually need a set of hardtop centre post trim, and would be willing to trade with someone if they had a set of hardtop chrome and was looking for post chrome.

Please contact me at [email protected]. Also looking for '64 Fairlane bucket seats with tracks.

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Re: 1964 Model Year Specifics? Fairlane vs Fairlane 500

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Most of the trim pieces were aluminum,

I think the Mfg'r used to refer to such aluminum pieces as "Bright Trim". The whole process was written down and posted at some location.


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