1964 Ford Fairlane 500 Project



In September 2011, I took my 1950 Ford F-1 pickup on it's first rod-run to the mountains of New Mexico, and ran across this 1964 Ford Fairlane at the car show. It was on a trailer with a "For Sale" sign in the window. It was in rough shape, requiring a complete rebuild - which was exactly what I was looking for! I've always wanted a Fairlane, although I was initially looking for an early (1956) or late (1967) Fairlane, the 1963-1964 models are great body styles too.

The Goal

My vision is to turn this into a highway cruiser, suitable for taking on long distance rod runs. This is not a restoration, but it will look mostly stock in the end.

Current Status

This project will not start until late 2012. Please check back then.

The Rebuild

The rebuild is documented in sections, links are at the top of this page. Click a link to visit the section. I intend to update this site as we progress through the rebuild, so check back from time to time.

Links and Resources

Here are some good links for Fairlanes:

  1. Fairlane Club of America - Club for Fairlane and Torino fans. You need to join the club and login to the web site to get at the good stuff. Also includes bi-monthly subscription to the Fairlaner magazine.

  2. Mustang & Ford Small Block V8, 1962-1969 by Bob Mannel. Probably the most thorough book on the Ford Small Block ever written, it traces the evolution of the Ford Small Block from its introduction up through 1969. Covers every facet of the 221, 260, 289 and 302: casting numbers, markings and identification, specifications, mid-year running changes, part numbers, and includes information on carburetors, intakes, exhaust manifolds, distributors, and on and on. All richly documented with thousands of photos. This is not a “how to rebuild a small block” book, it is a documentary of how the engine changed over time. Over 700 pages. Unbelievably detailed! ISBN 0-9962741-0-5.

  3. High Performance Ford Engine Parts Interchange by George Reid. Another good resource for Ford small and big blocks, this book explains how the engines evolved and what parts will interchange. This is not a “how to rebuild an engine” book. ISBN 978-1-934709-19-1, Item SA56.

  4. How to Rebuild the Small Block Ford by George Reid. Explains how to rebuild a small block Ford, from teardown, parts selection, machining, common mods, assembly and tuning. ISBN ?, Item SA102.

Recommended Suppliers

There are a lot of suppliers these days for vintage Ford replacement and hot rod parts. I have done business with each of these suppliers, and recommend them; I've tried to highlight what the supplier's specialties are.

Primary Suppliers

Dearborn Classics - Michigan - comprehensive selection of restoration and “upgrade” kits. Get a print catalog, and compare prices (sometimes Dearborn’s prices are inexplicably high, but for the most part prices are reasonable).

  1. Speedway Motors - Nebraska - lots of parts for Flathead engines, rod parts, brake & tranny conversions, often have their own version of some part that's high quality and good price, fast & reliable shipping, good tech support

  2. Mac's Antique Auto Parts - New York - original and reproduction parts only, comprehensive selection for cars & trucks, not the fastest shipping but good customer service

Local and Secondary Suppliers

  1. NAPA - national chain - top quality parts

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Resto-Rodding my 1964 Ford Fairlane 500