1966 Ford Fairlane
The Ford Fairlane is an automobile model that was sold between 1955 and 1970 by Ford in North America. The name is derived from Henry Ford's estate, Fair Lane, near Dearborn, Michigan. The Fairlane 500 is noted by a wider chrome trim on the side, and 3 bullet ports on the rear quarter panel.
Well Sherman, let's get into the way back machine and set the year for 1966 where we will travel to a wondrous place called the Classic Auto Mall where we will find ourselves plunked in the hallowed halls of this renewed mall, and we will be standing in front of a 1966 Ford Fairlane 500 XL. This particular car has had a professional engine overhaul, a transmission refresh, some new paint and various and other sundry replacement parts put on during the restoration.
Now watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat…OOPS a 66 Fairlane…wrong hat...but i digress and looking towards the past and our 66 Fairlane which is bathed in beautifully polished maroon. Trimming it out is plenty of mirror-like chrome and brite-work, straight steel, and nicely minded gaps. The hood has a nifty scoop on top, and the consigner tells me that there is another hood that will come with the car. Chrome window surrounds are all buttoned up and presenting in very nice shiny condition. Protruding stacked quad headlights inject a leaping-forward attitude, with tall vertical rectangular taillights, upswept quarter panels, and 15-inch Torque Thrust wheels add to the illusion of speed. This two-door hardtop displays a sweeping semi-fastback roofline. Noted are early signs of some body rust on the lower panels and rockers, although it is not invasive.
Humble? that's me…Mr. Modesty. When it comes to humility, I'm the greatest. And we swing the door open to reveal a newly restored interior. All in black door panels, cranks and handles are very nice, as are the dual front buckets also draped in black vinyl. A chromed metal surround at the back of these buckets, and we are looking like new. The original dash is present, and a few aftermarket gauges have been added. One of the highlights inside here is the 2-tone steering wheel which jumps back and forth as you spin around it with alternating maroon and black, the two colors delineated by a chrome ring. Clean black carpet covers the floors, and an automatic shifter is sitting on the hump. Bringing up the rear is a nicely done rear bench that has not seen many people sitting in it …it's that good. Above is a black headliner which is nice and tight.
A flip of the hood and we shake hands with a totally restored 289ci V8. This mill is topped by a single Holley 4-barrel carburetor, with a Weiand intake. On back is an AOD 4-speed automatic which throws power rearward to a Ford 8-inch 2.80 geared axle. And there are some words from Mr. Know it all.
Showing some surface rust, a structurally sound undercarriage is seen. A new fuel tank has been installed, new brakes, brake lines, shocks springs and ball joints. Drum brakes are on all 4 corners.
Turning the key this car fired right up, idled smoothly, and a flick of the gearshift lever and we were off to the test track. A nice cruiser, good handling, and quick stopping are all nice assets to have in a car. We can note that the heater, horn and radio were inoperable on our jaunt.
With loads of recent work and OEM replacement parts, new paint, and are interior we are looking at a very nice example of a 66 Fairlane XL. A beautifully restored engine and engine bay, and you are in for a turnkey car that you can drive right out of the mall and have years of enjoyment. How about that Dahlink?
A-Atlanta, GA Assy Plant
47-Fairlane 2 Door Hardtop 500Xl Bucket Seats
C-289ci V8 2bbl
202643-Sequential Unit Number
BODY 63C-2 Door Fairlane 500 XL
COLOR M-Wimbeldon White
TRIM 85-Red Vinyl
DATE 22C-March 22nd 1966
AXLE 6- Ford 8" 2.80 Gears
TRANS 6-C4 Automatic