Just picked up a 1963 Ford Fairlane to restore ($600.00). It has a non running 200 6 cylinder in it right now with a 3 speed on the tree. I am going to try to find a 390 and a 4 speed with a floor shift. The car is pretty much a rust free car except for the inside driver floor pan and under the battery box. Something else to spend money on.
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Posted November 08, 2013 - 03:44 PM
That is one nice Ford, love the 63 body style, Good luck with the 390/4spd combo, that is a lot for the front end under that car. A buddy had one with a 289/3spd combo out of a Falcon, it worked well and got 20 mpg when we weren't hammering it.
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Posted November 08, 2013 - 04:22 PM
i'll probably get a 289 or 302 for it, it would get a lot better gas milage. The thought of a big block just sounded cool. The ultimate would be the 427 that they put in the Fairlane Thunderbolt editions.
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Posted November 08, 2013 - 05:16 PM
Fix it up as original with just the 6 cylinder. That one is too nice to modify. If you want it faster, add a 260 V8 which would have been original. Keep all the original parts to return it someday. Good Luck, Rick
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Posted November 08, 2013 - 08:21 PM
Looks like it has posibilities!
I had a 1964 Ford Falcon Futura.....Automatic with a 170 cid engine...they had a smaller engine too....a 144 cid.
In 1964 the Futura Convertible with the 289 was Motor Trends "Car of the Year".
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Posted November 08, 2013 - 08:44 PM
I wonder if a 390 will fit between those huge strut towers? My vote is a stout 289 as well.
Dad has a '68 Galaxie 500 with the high output 390/4 speed combo. This was all before my day but the neighbor he bought it from [that was a TWA pilot] said that was the only car he ever owned that he didn't have the cahony's to hold it flat on the floor to see what top end was. I remember him [years later] saying it would hit 140MPH and was still pulling hard with no sign of topping out.
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Posted November 08, 2013 - 08:52 PM
Nice,,,I remember those days.... built a few hotrods and a few streetrods.
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Posted November 08, 2013 - 09:26 PM
I think I would put a modern multiport fuel injected 4.6L or 5.0L in it.With a 5 speed.It will still haul butt and get decent fuel mileage at the same time.The 4.6l in our Mercury Grand Marque gets 28 mpg and it will peel the tires off.The twin cam 4.6l out of the SVT and Cobra mustangs put out around 400hp.
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Posted November 09, 2013 - 07:43 AM
Really solid car you got there. A friend of mine has a 54 chev coupe and he put a modern GM small block 8 in it. It works really well and gets decent mileage.
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Posted December 13, 2013 - 12:36 PM
Nice project York, way back in the mid '70s I had a '61 I think it was, same body as yours anyway, with the 6 banger, think I paid $30 for it and $48 for plates and insurance. I must have liked it quite alot because Ive driven Fords almost exculsively ever since. Hope you continue to update this thread as you progress, I'ld like to see how it goes. Good Luck
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Posted December 19, 2013 - 09:44 PM
Hey I've got a red one--LOL! Well it's a 1963 Aurora Thunderjet slotcar!
I've only owned 1 Ford through the years but always liked these little Fairlanes. If it was my car I'd keep the 6 and 3 on the tree as most cars like this are getting engine and tranny replacements any more. I have a fondness for inliner engines and the 3 on the tree is a great anti-theft device as people that know how to drive one are getting less common all the time.
It's your car, build it the way you want and have fun driving it. It would be an awesome ride with the V-8 and I would roll in it that way too without hesitation! Would love it if you would keep us posted through your build.
Posted December 19, 2013 - 10:34 PM