1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner Retractable Project Barn Find Rat Street Hot Rod on 2040-cars
Irvington, Alabama, United States
1957 Ford Retractable, Skyliner Fairlane 500, let me start out by saying that I bought this from the second owner a gentleman in north Alabama that bought the car in 1980, in 1979 the car was redone or restored, he drove the car for a few years and enjoyed it and then parked the car in a heated and cooled garage, and it stayed parked till about 6 months ago, he and his son uncovered the car and was planning on restoring the car till they done some homework and seen just what it would cost for a paint job and to get the car to show quality and then I bought the car. This is a factory 312 automatic blue and white skyliner convertible. The motor and transmission was told to me by the second owner to be original to the car, but their is no 100 percent way of telling with a 312 motor. The car is a factory p/s car, but no p/b. The car does come with a Continental Kit and Cruiser Skirts, but I am missing two pieces of the continental kit, the holder for the tire, and the flat pieces that actually covers the rim and tire, I have everything else, and the cruiser skirts are complete. As you can see in the pictures the car is missing a few pieces of trim, the father and son started to pull those pieces off to get the car ready of paint, and I am supposed to get those along with the missing continental pieces from them but they have yet to dig them out of their garage so I don't want to make any promises about those pieces but If I get them they will certainly go with the car to the next owner. However their are some trim pieces in the trunk of the car already, and it only appears to be missing the door handles and couple other trim pieces. The car other then that is complete, and all trim and bumpers that are still on the car appear to be in fantastic shape. The car will crank up and run and move under its own power, and their seems to be no issues with the drive train. The interior of the car is certainly useable, the seats and door panels appear to be in fantastic shape, however they did pull the carpet out and was going to replace it, so I do not have the carpet for the car. The body is straight and certainly wouldn't take much to get it ready for paint, their appears to be no rust issues with the car, if their is rust it is very very small or minimal, their is however one small crack in the passenger rear quarter panel right in the lip of the wheel well, and it appears to be a small stress crack from years of running the car with the cruiser skirts, other then that the car is just showing its age as far as paint issues, small rock and door edge chips, and some lacquer checking in a few places. Over all this is a great car, and certainly would make for a easy restoration project, and wouldn't take much to get to that show quality. I will say that one of the top motors just went out on me the other day, so the top was working, but will need one top motor rebuilt for sure. I do have the other wire wheel setup, its in the trunk of the car and makes for a full set, and I also have what appears to be a full gasket kit new for the car, the past owner went ahead and bought it for the car when he was planning on having the car painted. The car is for sale locally and is subject to be taken off Ebay if sold. The car is also sold as is with no warranty. A 25% deposit is due within 3 days of the auctions end and the balance within 7 more when the car is to be picked up or arrangements are made for the car to be shipped. If you have any questions about the car please fill free to ask and I will gladly answer them to the best of my ability. Thanks and God Bless Kody 251-454-5455
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Auto blogWed, 12 Dec 2012
2012 is almost in the books and automakers are spending December gearing up for the 2013 auto show season, which tips off next month at the Detroit Auto Show. Traditionally, the latter opens up with the announcement of the North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year awards, and this year figures to be no different.
But up until this moment, we didn't know which six vehicles would be parked ahead of the stage as finalists, with executives and engineers waiting for the winners to be disclosed. Whittled down from October's "short list" of nominees (11 cars and 10 truck/utility vehicles), the finalists are as follows:
2013 North American Car of the Year:
Between slow sales and a hefty price drop for its nearest rival, the Ford Focus Electric may be looking at a pretty substantial price cut. The Detroit News is reporting that Ford will drop the price of the all-electric by about $4,000 to $35,200 to be more competitive with the Nissan Leaf, which received a big price cut for 2013 down to $28,800.
Ford has already admitted to having low expectations for the car's sales and massive rebates were reported earlier in the year, but there is still no official word from Ford on this matter. The company's consumer site still lists the 2014 model's starting price as $39,200. In addition to the Leaf, the Focus Electric will also have to deal with the lower prices of smaller EVs including the Honda Fit EV, Fiat 500e and the Chevrolet Spark EV.
Dennis Williams, the newly elected president of the UAW, had some tough words for American automakers in his inauguration speech at the 2014 UAW Convention, striking down the possibility of any additional concessions from the 400,000-strong union.
"No more concessions. We are tired of it. Enough is enough," Williams said during his speech. UAW employees have not received a raise in nearly 10 years, according to Reuters.
Considering the recent strong results for Ford, Chrysler and General Motors, the union's demands are likely to carry a bit more weight in next year's negotiations. And considering Williams' tough stance, we could be in for some fireworks once negotiations commence.