LS Antidote: 1963 Ford Fairlane 500 Station Wagon Restomod – Sold!
Despite the relative ease with which someone can swap a GM LS motor into just about anything these days, we still respect anyone who takes the harder path less traveled and puts a modern Ford motor in a vintage FoMoCo car such as the 1964 Ford Fairlane listed on Craigslist in Pittsfield, New Hampshire. Equipped with a 5.0 Liter Ford V8 donated by a 1990 Mustang GT, the current caretaker of this sleeper wagon is currently asking $15,995. The Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool for a stock example confirms the private seller has his 500 priced about $300 below the current #3 “Good” Estimate of $16,300.
For the 1962 model year, Ford moved the Fairlane name to the company’s new intermediate platform in an effort to bridge the gap between the compact Falcon and the full-sized Galaxie to make it a competitor for GM’s A-body “senior compacts.” With an overall length of 197 inches and a wheelbase of 115.5 inches, it was 16 inches longer than the Falcon and just over a foot shorter than the Galaxie.
Like the Falcon, the Fairlane had a unibody frame, but the body incorporated an unusual feature Ford dubbed torque boxes: four boxed structures in the lower body structure designed to absorb road shock by moving slightly in the vertical plane. The suspension was a conventional short-long arm independent arrangement in front, with Hotchkiss drive in the rear. Initially offered only in two-door and four-door sedan body styles, by 1963 Ford expanded the line to include station wagon models.
With the conversion to a late model powertrain complete, this Fairlane makes a great candidate to enjoy immediately once the snow thaws. Based on the pictures provided the body appears to be in excellent condition that can wait a year or two while you decide what color you want to paint the exterior to better match the excellent interior. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Awesome sleeper wagon with cstm install mustang gt 302! injected, auto, v frames showrioom cstm boxed, over$10k in resto and new parts!! 2 sets rims, cd, roof DVD, swaybars, titled, mass inspected!! registered, insured $25klow), less than 2k annual on body, and nothing on resto!! low bnooks at $16k mat$26k and clean high sale at $36k not includeing $10k done and in xtra parts!!!can deliver and looking for trades+$$ ex. SCOUT II, k5, bronco, ranchero, wranglers etcetc!! values on wagns only going up!!!1/2 hour north of mass/nh cars under cover till april, but can take off _+show anytime!! too many xtras to write,. must seeand hear! hauls ass!!!!!“
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