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1957 Ford Fairlane Convertible Frame Off Restoration on 2040-cars

Year:1957 Mileage:3000 Color: dresden blue & starmist blue /
 blue &white

Martinsburg, West Virginia, United States

Martinsburg, West Virginia, United States
Body Type:Convertible
Engine:312 cubic inch
Vehicle Title:Clear
Fuel Type:Gasoline
For Sale By:Private Seller
VIN: c7uc175720 Year: 1957
Interior Color: blue &white
Make: Ford
Number of Cylinders: 8
Model: Fairlane
Trim: blue and blue
Drive Type: rear wheel
Options: Convertible
Mileage: 3,000
Sub Model: fairlane 500
Exterior Color: dresden blue & starmist blue
Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Condition: UsedA vehicle is considered used if it has been registered and issued a title. Used vehicles have had at least one previous owner. The condition of the exterior, interior and engine can vary depending on the vehicle's history. See the seller's listing for full details and description of any imperfections.Seller Notes:"Less than 3000 miles on restoration"

For auction is a frame off restoration completed in 2009.  Virtually Everything on this car has been replaced with new, nos, or professionally rebuilt parts.  The frame was stripped and rotissered and everything was removed.  All lines, A frame bushings, shocks, leaf spring bushings, etc. are all new.  Brake drums, cylinders, cables, etc. are new.  The engine is a total rebuild and hardened valve seats were installed (so as to use regular no-lead gas).  The rebuild has less than 2000 miles on it.  The power steering is all new, the windshield wiper motor was rebuilt, original valve covers are included but heavy 57 T-Bird alum covers are installed.  The battery was replaced in June.  The only deviation from stock is an electronic ignition under the dist cap - it starts with a touch.  The radiator was recored and all wires are new.  NOS rockers and arms were installed.  A new gas tank, float,  and sending unit were installed, new mounting bolt assys were used.  The transmission was rebuilt.

The body had usual ford rust - so all 4 floor pans were replaced along with part of the trunk floor.  The front quarters, rear quarters (all 4) and the rocker panels were replaced with NOS parts.  The final three coats of primer were hand sanded before mounting on the frame.

The interior is from ABC interiors and is correct for the car.  Ditto for the rug and vinyl panels.  There are no rips or tears on them.  Every piece of rubber on the car is new, no old material was used.  The radio is an AM-FM cassette player, same dash opening.  The clock quit last year.

The top is 2 years old and looks as good as the pics.  The motor, cylinders and lines are of course new.  The glass is all good, no problems there.  The chrome items, lenses, etc. are from Dennis Carpenter. 

The paint is correct for the year, skirts are included, Also, if you wish, you can have a huge assortment of spares of all kinds shown in the photos, gathered in the five years before the restoration.

The car needs a repaint.  There are no chips or damage and it is really great from 5 feet.  The final step of painting was done by what turned out to be less than expert.  It appears to have been painted damp and there are several defective areas - mostly fish eyes.  On return to the painter - he was gone - end of story.   I have lived with the paint and never bothered to get a redo. It is still a head turner and only severe health issues are forcing me to sell.



On Jul-07-13 at 00:31:00 PDT, seller added the following information:

The paint is an enamel like the original, hard as a rock, has that old car paint feel, and really shines.  The fish eye is one area on the dark blue at the right rear panel about 9 square feet and a few small areas elsewhere.

On Jul-07-13 at 13:39:59 PDT, seller added the following information:

Had one question - no power brakes on the car.  Also, I could not get all the photos on the listing - several window winder assemblies, small parts and the books - Shop Manual 57 Ford, Motors Manual, Body assembly manual, Electrical manual- 57 ford, Assembly & parts Binder listing every single part (and number) used on the 57 Fords.

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