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How to Restore a Ford Fairlane

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The Ford Motor Company's Fairlane model was produced from 1955 through 1971. Inexpensive, available with a number of different engine options and easy to modify, the Fairlane soon became popular with hot-rodders of the age.

Step 1

Look on specialized websites, to find an affordable Ford Fairlane to restore. Try to find one that has all of its chrome parts and the interior. Try to find a car with a rust-free chassis to reduce the amount of work you will have to do.

Step 2

Make a workspace for your car's restoration; you will need to make sure that you have plenty of space to move around the car and enough space to store parts as you remove them from your Fairlane. A disassembled Ford Fairlane takes up much more room than a complete car, so your workshop will need to be large.

Step 3

Transport your Fairlane to your workshop and begin stripping it down. Catalog and label all of the parts as they come off of the vehicle. Make note of the parts that you will need to replace or fabricate. A sheet or tarpaulin spread out on the ground is useful for keeping track of parts during restorations. Dividing the project into subsections will make it seem more manageable.

Step 4

Strip the paint from the body work by using sand paper, power sanders or chemical dipping. Be cautious when removing interior trim as this a difficult item to restore on old vehicles.

Reassemble all of the body panels and exterior of the Fairlane. Apply a first coat of primer. After that has cured apply your car's exterior paint.


  • You will need some automotive knowledge, but old cars are simpler to restore than modern ones and you will learn a lot.
  • It can take 1,000 hours or more to restore a Ford Fairlane.
  • There are many catalogs like J.C. Whitney that list Ford Fairlane parts. Check these to find the items you need.

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