This is a 1955 Ford Fairlane Town Sedan and this is the story.
Back in the 1980s I had a co-worker in the mall and best friend, Dee, who loved to restore classics as a hobby. In 1985, he had finished a red-and-white ’55 Ford and was on a family outing when they were struck head on by a drunk driver. The car was totaled, and my best friend died in the accident, leaving his wife and son behind — both seriously injured.
About four years later, his wife called me and said that my friend had been working on another ‘55 and wanted to know if I would like to have it. She said that her husband would want me to have it.
We agreed on a price and that’s how I acquired it.
I went to get the car with a car trailer. It had been totally stripped down, sanded and partially primed. It took me several trips to get the car running and fix the brakes, as it had been sitting for several years.
We ended up taking the car to backyard Bill’s paint shop, if you know what I mean. We then drove the newly painted car home to put on the trim. My wife, kids and I had no idea what trim went where and what clips to use, but we got ‘er done.
In 1990, we started taking the car out for the Roseburg Graffiti cruise. The only time we drove it each year was during that week.
For 26 years now, my kids and now grandkids have enjoyed the car. We never wanted a show car, only a six family fun car.
Every thing on this car is original except a new windshield. The system is a 6 volt engine and all else has 128,000 original miles. It’s got a 272 V8 with automatic.
It needs some love and attention now that I can’t give it, so it’s time to sell to a new home. It sits for 10 months every year, but every spring, I tinker with it a little and she fires up. It was meant to be a family fun car and that’s exactly what it is.