Written by Marc Pankratz on January 5, 2018
This is my 1966 Ford Fairlane. It’s a survivor with 62,000 original miles. The car has been Montana-owned since new. The drivetrain is 100 percent original. The car has new paint (original factory color) and a new interior, which is also the car’s original color.
I found the car on Craigslist in the spring of 2012. After some research, I found that the car was purchased new at Chester Motors in Chester, Montana. The original dealer key fob is still with the original keys.
I purchased the car to make it a hot rod, but when I began working on it, I just couldn’t bring myself to alter what was then a 58,000-original-mile car. I have put the interior back to original, serviced the drivetrain, tuned up the carburetor, rebuilt the steering box, and cleaned up and painted the engine and engine compartment. Other than wheels and tires, shocks, and new rear leaf springs, this car is 100 percent stock. The all-original 289 two-barrel engine has never been rebuilt and runs great. The C4 transmission shifts just as it should. I take the car on short hops around town, evening cruises, and even weekend trips through the mountains.