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ccain
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'64 Fairlane 500 Ranch Wagon

Hi there. New to the forum and I have to say, I could have used this forum 20 years ago. Very Happy You guys have a great site with lots of good info!

So, I'm back in a Fairlane after many years of kicking myself for selling my 500 4 door.

Here's my project:








A very solid California car. Factory 289 and Cruise-o-matic.


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Post Wed Jun 10, 2009 7:47 pm 
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ccain
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Got a little more done this morning.

I'm gonna be starting on the interior soon so I decided to refurbish the instrument cluster. I think it cam out OK.

Before:





After:



Post Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:34 am 
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ccain
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Been busy today. Removed the windshield and cleaned the channel. Took out those old scab front seats and vacuumed up all the debris.
Then, I felt like working on the dash. and here's the end result. The evening sun doesn't do this color justice. I also took a pre-painted part to the piece goods store to match the color and scored 4 yards of marine vinyl.

Before:


After:










Abe, here are those shots of the tranny hump:





I was lucky... The previous owner was careful to only take out as much metal as needed. I was expecting to see a hole twice the size. Very Happy

Post Fri Jun 12, 2009 8:59 pm 
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abe_lugo
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Chris, your lucky, that parts wagon I got had the whole tranny hump cut out. I would just get a piece of sheetmetal bend and tack it in.
So your missing the speaker grille?
Don't forget to get a complete list of wanted parts together.
Abe

Post Sat Jun 13, 2009 12:43 pm 
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ccain
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Worked a little more on the interior today. Here's the plan. Do the interior, the exterior and then focus on the engine.

Today's progress:



Post Sun Jun 14, 2009 6:26 pm 
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ccain
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Here's today's progress:







And this dang camera is still making my panels look orange. They aren't orange! They match the paint damned near perfect. Weird!

Post Wed Jun 17, 2009 11:50 pm 
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ccain
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Went to LARS this weekend and picked up some parts from Abe.

Here's today's progress pics:







Post Sun Jun 21, 2009 7:07 pm 
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ccain
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Covered the wheel wells.







Post Mon Jun 22, 2009 2:38 pm 
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ccain
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OK, so it's been a while since I had any progress to show... Well, here ya go:





Here's some of the new shop equipment.


Looks to me like a head gasket went and water got in and fried the pump, the rods and the mains:




#4 rod bearing:




#4 Piston Ring


There's no question she is the original 289 for this car. The mains have "Fomoco" printed on them with a date stamp of "4-64".


And here she is. The stripped down 289:

Post Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:38 pm 
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ccain
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I've been working on getting the tailgate squared away. I have to tell ya, this thing was destroyed. And after many months of searching and not finding a decent replacement, I decided to try and salvage it. So, after many many hours of welding and tweaking, I finally have it to a state where I can fine tune it and make it look decent. Also, I got a set of 63 tail lights for it. I know, I know, they're not right for the car but I have always liked the look of the 63 tails and to me, honestly, the 64 wagon tails were... Well, just plain boring. Besides, I got a hell of a deal on them! Wink Oh, and I had to weld up a nasty series of holes where at sometime in it's life, the car had a whip antenna installed. Sorry, but I don't have any decent "before" pics.







Post Fri Sep 04, 2009 3:20 pm 
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CompactFairlane
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Looking very good.

Side note: apparently first generation Fairlane SW tailgates have a propensity to rust out----------even on California cars. My 1965 wagon from the SF Bay area back in 1979 had a severely rusted out gate--------it looked like a typical Midwest POS yet the rest of the vehicle was a West Coast cherry. Confused

Post Fri Sep 04, 2009 9:48 pm 
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ccain
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Some more progress...

With the engine and trans out of the way, I turned my attention to cleaning up the engine bay. I also went ahead and cut in the opening with a fresh coat of Wimbledon White. One step closer to painting the car.





Post Sun Sep 13, 2009 1:56 pm 
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ccain
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I got the drivers doors and jams and the tailgate and jam cleaned, and cut in with the white paint that I will be painting the car.















So today, I took a little time off from the car to work on something dumb.
I made myself a Hotwheel of the wagon out of a Thunderbolt Hotwheel and a Chevelle wagon I bought.





Post Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:08 pm 
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64fairlame
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how are you shooting the paint? single stage? BcCc? touch up gun?
details man!
thanks
mike

Post Fri Sep 25, 2009 2:00 pm 
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ccain
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quote:
Originally posted by 64fairlame:
how are you shooting the paint? single stage? BcCc? touch up gun?
details man!
thanks
mike


Hehehe... OK. Very Happy

Well, single stage with a touch-up gun. I actually have a touch-up cup for my HVLP system and it works awesome. And I was surprised at how little the amount of over-spray was. Kinda like using a spray can.

I' haven't yet decided on Single Stage or BcCc for the overall finish. Probably BcCc.

Post Fri Sep 25, 2009 2:41 pm 
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