1965 Ford Fairlane 500 Sports Coupe (LITTLE RED MONEY PIT)
Last updated Jan 7, 2010
Once upon a time there was a '65 Fairlane setting in my Brother-in-laws, brothers garage……sitting
there for about four years. The sad case of bad cam bearing, car was inside, many other parts outside rusting
away. Seemed like the right thing to do at the time, bought the car for $2500.00 April 28, 06. Planned to
Retire in July 06. Good winter project, except I have never been able to own a car that was not the best it
could be. Cleaned the car and did the engine work the first winter. A friend of mine owns Snow Cap
Collision in LaPine Oregon……Simple $2000-3000 body and paint work job….Wrong…Fairlane went in
the body shop May 17, 2007 complete Oct. 14, 2007. They really did a great job. Next step was to
overhaul the running gear….brakes, u-joints, new rear gears 325's (280's would not do), recondition the little
C4 w/ kit, Hughes 2500 torque converter, ect………Winter project 2007 was the interior and begin Detail of the Car. Winter project 2007 was to install the interior and detail car.
Installed a Secret Audio and 10 place CD changer….The interior turned out great thanks to Dearborn Classics.
Upgraded the tires and wheels a bit….15 x 6 front and 15 x 7 rear SS Crager's with 205 and 245 60 15 radial TA's
just fit. A bit of a challenge with 3in's of spring missing in the front, set's about 2ins lower than stock(do not let
anyone tell you that pulling the front springs out of a Fairlane is easy). Just when you think you have it
all figured out the rocker studs start pulling out, planned on new heads later anyway, World heads and roller
rockers later…. The little Red Fairlane makes a great Cruise Car, just the right size and not that many 65's around.
For 2009 I have upgraded the motor to a 331 Stroker and Comp Xtreme Energy Cam….As a very wise man once said
" An EXTRA 100 horsepower is always Desirable".
331 STROKER 340hp, C4 Automatic, Hughes Street Master Torque Converter.
1965 Fairlane 500 Sports Coupe, 331 Stroker with Edelbrock Performer RPM DUAL QUAD AIR CAP Intake and Carb. Comp Xtreme Energy Cam. World Heads, Windsor Jr with roller rockers and Hi PO manifolds. C4 auto with Kit and 2500 Hughes Street Master Torque Converter. Rear gears 3.25, 15 x 6 and 15 x 7 Crager SS wheels and BFG TA'S 205-60-15 / 245-60-15. A lot of hard work to make this a GREAT Cruise Car.
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