Friday, January 30, 2015

10k: Survivor Riverside: 1963 Ford Fairlane Ranch Wagon

 The response to yesterday's stripper Newport ragtop was so overwhelmingly positive that we decided to feature another car with the amenities of a Jordanian B&B (Bedouin and Breakfast).  Prepare to put-up or bulk-up with another 4,500 lb 'Merican beast without power steering, power brakes, or power windows.  Find this 1963 Ford Fairlane Ranch Wagon offered here on eBay currently bidding for $7,600 reserve-not-met, located in Riverside, CA.  Tip from Rene.

The fourth generation Ford Fairlane was downsized in 1962 and fit between the smaller Falcon and full sized Galaxie both in size and price.  The unibody Fairlane was available in basic configuration with simple inline-6, but it could be upgraded with a few versions of Ford's Windsor V8 if you desired some performance.

Under the hood of this survivor is the original 260 cubic inch "Challenger" V8, good for 164 horsepower and 258 ft-lbs of torque.  This car has been upgraded with an aftermarket air conditioning setup, which will be nice for hot days, but won't help with turning or stopping.

The seller has included a walk around video that shows a few more details including the rear facing jump seats suitable for small children or pets.

See another classic that could be used for your daily commute?


  1. I am requesting forgiveness for posting that HUGE picture the other day of this wagon.
    I was coping various size pictures to see how big they looked and posted the wrong one.
    Then I couldn't figure out how to delete the post.

    1. Forgiveness is granted, but watch where you point that thing!

  2. This is a Fairlane, and an early one, it's closer to 3200-3300lb.

    Don't think power windows were offered on these, they were rare even in the Galaxies.

    Disc brakes were not offered and very few went out the door with power brakes.

    I'm guessing 30-40% got power steering, the big problem with the manual steering isn't that it's heavy (it isn't) but that it's VERY VERY VERY slow.

    You don't want the factory power steering in this car anyway, what you gain in getting rid of the Mauretania-helm steering ratio you lose in precision, the Ford power steering was a thing with a valve on the linkage and an external cylinder and a bunch of hoses and four inches of slop built in at the wheel. You need to go to the aftermarket, probably the Borgeson conversion.

  3. This is not a big wagon guys. This emphasis on the need for power steering, disc brakes etc makes me laugh most days I read it. What are we a bunch of rest home habitues?


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