Fairlane The Plan

08/26/11

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Wendy's 1955 Ford Fairlane Club Coupe-

The Build Plan

This car is to be a dependable cruiser that is comfortable and easy to drive.  I am focusing on making this a nice cruiser instead of a HOT ROD.  I am not going to put in a 400 HP motor or some crazy gears, etc.  I do plan on altering some of the original components to make this a more realistic driver in the modern world we live in.

I know the restoration freaks will be pissed, but this is not a rare car, so I feel no remorse.  The previous owner has already filled many of the emblem holes, and has shaved the hood ornament, the door handles, and some other misc. things.  So since it was on its way to becoming a custom, I will try to blend a custom with a cruiser for a great cruise night car, as well as one that my wife or I can take to work every so often.

I still have some stuff that I need to finish this project so be sure to go to my Wanted section to see my updated list.

The engine, transmission and rest of the driveline will eventually swapped out for a more modern motor, for now I am going to clean up the 272 Y block in the car, and put a new filter and fluid in the tranny and drive it for a while.

The Steering, suspension, and brakes will all be upgraded with modern components to make the car as safe as possible.

The body will need to be cleaned up, and I will be looking for any trim pieces I can find.  I also will look for better sheet metal, than what is on the car, so I can get the best start possible.  We will stick with 50's era colors, probably a pastel Mint with off white.  The car will also get new carpet, seat covers, headliner, seatbelts, etc.

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