Exterior Color: Raven Black Diamond Luster Enamel
Interior Color: Black Vinyl
Engine: S Code 390 Thunderbird Special V-8 335 Horsepower 427 Ft. Lbs Torque
Compression Ratio: 10.5 : 1
Carburetor: 4150 Holley 4-V
Exhaust System: Dual Exhaust 2” Pipes, StockMufflers
Rear Axle Ratio 3.25 : 1 Open 9 Inch (non-locking)
Transmission: Toploader 4 spd w/Large Input Shaft
Body Code: 63D
Shipping Weight: 3493 Pounds
Wheelbase: 116 Inches
Production Total: 33,015
Assembly Plant: Lorain, Ohio
Original Owner: Gary Farley of Ravenna, Ohio
Purchased From: Ruttan Ford Sales of Kent, Ohio
Date of Purchase: 5-23-1966
Standard GT Features: Bold GT Stripes, “Black-Out” Grill, Gleaming Hood Louvers,
Chrome-Plated Rocker Covers, Oil Filler Cap, Oil Dipstick, Radiator Cap and Air Cleaner
GT Front Fender, Grill and Trunk Lid Badges.
Standard Interior Highlights: Bucket Seats, Console, Full Carpeting, Lights in Doors and Console, Front & Rear Seat Belts, All Vinyl Interior and Push Button AM Radio.
Original Mileage At our Purchase Date 21,829 miles in June 1996.
Gary Farley’s 1966 Fairlane GT Story
Gary Lee Farley was born Aug. 18, 1948 in Ravenna, Ohio the second son of Donald and Bertha Farley. He was a mechanic and took delivery of the new 1966 Fairlane on May, 23rd, 1966. He began his tour of duty in South Vietnam on April 15, 1967 and was killed on Nov12,1967 at the age of 19. He lost his life in Phuoc Long, South Vietnam. When Gary left for Vietnam he left the Fairlane in care of his parents. For twenty-nine years Don and Bertha took exceptional care of the car. Storing it under two covers and keeping pans of moisture absorbent in the car floorboards and trays of charcoal under the car to keep humidity levels low. Don started the car periodically to keep the engine in running condition. They also washed and waxed it annually.
We were attending an all Ford Car Show in Randolph, Ohio with our daughter and son-in-law in July 1993. Mr & Mrs Farley stopped by the show and showed a picture of the Fairlane to our daughter. Melinda recognizing the Fairlane as being similar to the black 1967 Fairlane 500 that we had once owned. We were browsing the car show flea market at this time. Melinda told the Farley’s that she thought we would be interested in the Fairlane. When we returned to our 1967 Galaxie 500 on the show field, we waited for the Farley’s to return. After seeing a picture of the ’66 GT’ we were very interested and exchanged phone numbers and addresses.
In two weeks we made arrangements to return to Ravenna to see the car. We spent the day getting to know them and found out the Farley’s were Ford enthusiasts, too. Learning the story behind the GT was very touching and we knew it would be hard for the Farley’s to part with the GT. They took us to the garage to see the car and as they slowly removed the covers and we saw the Fairlane for the first time it almost took our breath away. There sat the most beautiful black Fairlane we had seen since we had owned our 1967 Fairlane 500,
Inside the car was still the change Gary had left in the console, a pillow and a dog his girlfriend Becky had given him. On the shifter was the red knob that Gary had put there and in the trunk was the small hubcaps Gary had went to Ruttan Ford and purchased. He liked the small hubcaps better than the spinners that came with the car. When they showed us the engine bay STP stickers were still on the shock towers where Gary had put them. After visiting with them for several hours we returned home knowing it would take some time for the Farley’s to decide to part with the GT.
We continued our correspondence with the Farley’s and sent them pictures of the restoration we were performing on our 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 XL. The Farley’s invited us to stay with them in July of 1994 for the Ford show at Randolph, Ohio. We showed our 1965 XL there. In 1995 we were invited to show the ’65 XL at Motor Muster at the Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan and we stopped and visited with the Farley’s on our way to the show. We also stayed with them again that July for the Randolph show again. In October of 1995 the Farley’s came to visit us and we had a wonderful time. In March of 1996 we called the Farley’s and they wondered when we could come out to see them to talk about the GT. In April we went out and they had decided to sell us the car. We purchased the car and left it in their care until we could get a new garage built. In July of 1996 a friend and I took his trailer and truck to Ohio and brought the GT home. We did not run the GT until I had time to check the car over and detail the car to show, during the winter of 1997. We belonged to the Fairlane Club of America and attended the Fairlane Nationals Mini Meet at All Ford Nationals at Carlisle that year. We received lots of interest and support for the GT from club members and spectators alike. We also attended Fairlane Nationals in Columbus, Ohio that year and took first place in the unrestored original class, in July 1997.
We were asked to show the GT and our ’65 XL in building-T at All Ford Nationals in Carlisle, Pa in 1998. What an unforgettable experience of a lifetime! Sharing the stories about our cars for four days with thousands of people. We experienced just how much the story of the GT touches peoples hearts and that is why we show the car in Gary’s memory. We must also say that getting to know the other people that were showing cars in building-T and making friends with them was a joy. We will always be grateful to Carlisle Productions for this opportunity. While in building-T we met Charlie Morris a great guy and he did a photo shoot and story about the GT for Mustang & Fords Trader Magazine. The story was very touching.
In July 1998 we attended Fairlane Nationals in Hagerstown, Md and the GT took third place in concourse class against professionally restored and trailered cars. In the March-April issue of the Fairlaner magazine (the magazine of the Fairlane Club of America) Bob Mannel Editor published our story about the GT and Gary Farley with pictures and a story for Memorial Day 1999.
Attending All Ford Nationals in Carlisle, Pa. in 2000 we returned in the GT with the Fairlane Club of America. We got to see lots of friends and beautiful cars. We also made some new friends, a young boy from Long Island, NY and his parents. He had brought a 66 GT needing a total restoration to the show. This young man and his parents were thrilled to see our GT as they had seen it as pick of the month on Woody’s Fairlane site on the internet. He asked to take pictures and video of our car and we were pleased to know this would help in his restoration project. We will never forget the father and son’s excitement when we saw them on Sunday morning and they had just purchased a chrome dipstick and tube from a vendor at the show.
We were excited to learn on Saturday that we had won first place in class with the Fairlane Club’s Mini Meet. We were also thrilled to be picked by Chad White from Auto Krafters of Broadway, VA as their Celebrity Pick for the Show. We enjoyed talking to Chad White.
On Sunday we were once again surprised to learn that we had taken second place in class at the Carlisle Fun Field judging. We enjoyed the trophy presentation and photo of the presentation. Wow what a weekend !!!.
We are especially grateful to Mike Meith then president of the Fairlane Club and Bob Mannel Editor of the Fairlaner magazine for all their help and support. We continued to show the GT the summer of 2000 and came home with a Best of Show Trophy and a best antique Trophy from a couple shows. The GT was shown at the 4th of July show in Elkins, WV sponsored by the Mountain State Street Machines. During this show we met a Vietnam Veteran that was really touched by the story of the GT. As we were leaving the City Park that day this Veteran gave a Salute to the GT and when ever we think about this we still get goose bumps.
Owning and showing this Beautiful Automobile is truly an Honor and a Privilege.
Written by; Gene and Francie Evans
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