1965 Ford Fairlane 500
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This 1965 Ford Fairlane 500 is the total package. It has attractive dark green paint on a nice straight body. A 460hp stroker motor from Smeding Performance with a 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission. A very handsome interior that includes cold air conditioning. All this and much more, with a sleeper flair that really looks great.
This Ford was built at the Kansas City plant and originally delivered to the Los Angeles area which helped prevent any major rust issues. The body is very straight as well with good gaps throughout. Note the original floor pans along with added subframe connectors for extra strength. The car received a quality two-stage paint job with a dark green that just looks great on this body style. The brightwork was redone as well which gives a great contrast against the dark paint, while the “289” badges were retained to throw people off. The basic hubcaps on the 15” black steel wheels are the finishing touch (note the rear caps are included). The BF Goodrich tires are brand new all around.
The drivetrain uses an engine from Smeding Performance based on a stroked 351W that now displaces 392 cubic inches. This assembly is rated at 460hp and uses a load of quality parts starting with a Ford SVO Sportsman II block. The rotating assembly uses a nodular iron crankshaft, 4130 forged rods, and hypereutectic pistons. With 9.8:1 compression and a hydraulic roller camshaft, this is a reliable street assembly that doesn’t need any special fuel, oil additives, or valve adjustments. The aluminum cylinder heads are modified Edelbrock Performer RPM pieces with 2.02/1.60 valves, while the RPM Air Gap intake is topped with a Performer carburetor. There is also an MSD distributor, large aluminum radiator, and headers feeding a dual exhaust with electric cutouts on a remote.
Power delivery is through a Ford 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission with a Moroso trans cooler and Hurst V-Matic 2 shifter with line lock. Out back is a Moser 9-inch Musclepak limited slip rear end with 31-spline axles. Other mechanical details include power rack and pinion steering, front disc brakes, and CalTracs traction bars. The battery has been relocated to the trunk too.
The interior was also redone and has the classy look you’d expect from a Fairlane 500. The seats, carpet, door panels, and weatherstripping are all new. The headliner and dash look great too. There is an aftermarket Walnut steering wheel and a modern radio with a retro look. A tachometer has been mounted to the steering column while a trio of Stewart Warner gauges resides under the dash. The lights, turn signals, horn, heater, defroster, and parking brake all work properly. And of course there is the cold underdash air conditioning!
You sure don’t see many ’65 Fairlanes like this one. There is a lot to like both visually and mechanically. You can turn on the a/c and enjoy a highway cruise or open up the cutouts and have some fun. Whether you’re a die-hard Blue Oval fanatic or just enjoy cool classic cars, this one is worth a look.
- Air Conditioning
- AM/FM Stereo
- Power Steering
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