1956 Ford Car Brochures Facts Stats Archives   |   Chuck Gardiner   Email
1956–ford.com  Home Page
1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan "Lemonade"
History & Data Plate
  M-code Goldenglow Yellow exterior paint
1956 Ford Car Brochures Facts Stats Archives
1956 Ford Car & Wagon (All) Brochure
Car & Wagon (All)
1956 Ford Fairlane & Crown Victoria Brochure
Fairlane & Crown Victoria
1956 Ford Fairlane Fordor Victoria Brochure
Fairlane Fordor Victoria
1956 Ford Station Wagon Brochure
Station Wagon
1956 Ford Car & Truck Accessories Brochure

1956 Ford Police & Emergency Models Brochure
Police & Emergency
1956 Ford Taxi Models Brochure
1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery)
Courier (Sedan Delivery)
1956 Ford Car Engines   Clutches   Transmissions   Axles   Tires   Rims
Engines  Clutches  Trans
1956 Ford Owner's Manual

1956 Ford Car Data Plate Codes
Data Plate Codes
1956 Ford Car Colors
1956 Ford Car & Accessory Original Prices
Original Prices
All The Facts About The '56 Ford & Lifeguard Design Booklet
All The Facts & Lifeguard
1956 Ford Car Shop Manual Maintenance & Tuneup Specifications
Shop Man.
1956 Ford Car Lifeguard Design Brochure
Lifeguard Design
1956 Ford Car Seat Belts Brochure
Seat Belts
1956 Meteor   Niagara   Rideau Brochure
Meteor   Niagara   Rideau
Old Ford Part & Information Links
Part Links
1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan Thunderbird V-8 Fordomatic Dr   (SOLD!)
History & Data Plate
"Lemonade" was my muti-award winning 1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan. I owned the car from December, 2003 to May, 2009. It was housed in North Vancouver and Courtenay (in Vancouver Island's beautiful Comox Valley), B.C. Many vendors and parts were invloved in the car's extensive restoration. The club for 1954, 1955, and 1956 Fords is the Crown Victoria Association (CVA).
The car's history is mostly unknown before 2003. However, there are copies of a 1992 title and transfer from Wooster, Ohio to Cincinnati, Ohio; and a 2003 title and transfer from Dearborn, Michigan to North Vancouver, British Columbia. The car was imported to Canada on December 2, 2003. And, after passing government-required safety and AirCare (pollution) tests, it was licensed with "stock collector plates" and insured with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia as a "collector vehicle."
1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan w/ wteel rims & "dog dish" hubcaps
1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan w/ 1962-64 Thunderbird-style wire wheels
Go to top ▲
The 1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan has had a body-off-frame restoration to match its data plate codes. Most components have been rebuilt with refurbished original parts, exact reproduction parts, and new old stock (NOS) parts. All components are functional - including the "Console Range" Motorola 6-tube AM radio, the electric clock with sweep-second hand, and the "automatic pop-out cigar lighter." Two "tailored accessory" door mounted side-view mirrors were added for improved visibility. The all-stock body is complimented with new, reproduction, period-correct fog lights; and new, reproduction 1962-64 Thunderbird-style Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels. New radial tires with sparkling, correct-width whitewalls were added for modern-car traction and drivability. "Lemonade" sits at the correct height of 7 inches at the outer frame rails, and a ground clearance of 6.5 inches.  Photos by Chuck Gardiner.
1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan w/ steel rims & "dog dish" hubcaps
1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan w/ 1962-64 Thunderbird-style wire wheels
Go to top ▲
Ford advertising stated, "When it comes to 6-passenger sedans, two-door style . . . . this beauty has no peer." The "Ford Crestmark" body colours are "Style-Tone Two-Tone" ME-code  Goldenglow Yellow  and  Colonial White.
1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan w/ ME-code Goldenglow Yellow & Colonial White paint
Go to top ▲
Front seat adjustment is manual. Steering is manual. The Lifeguard Design, 18-inch, 3-spoke, deep-center steering wheel requires 4-3/4 turns lock-to-lock. The car has a 41-foot turning diameter. Brakes are manual, "double-seal hydraulic," with "king size" 11-inch drums.
1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan w/ L-code Cloth Gray interior trim
The "Fairlane Luxury Lounge" is "color-harmonized" with L-code Dark Gray nylon cloth & Medium Gray nylon cloth (w/ random dot silver Lurex metallic thread) upholstery. Dark Gray vinyl & Light Gray quilted vinyl door panels. Dark Gray Metallic seat side shields, garnish moldings, steering wheel & column, & upper & lower instrument panel. Platinum Gray mid instrument panel.
1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan w/ L-code Cloth Gray interior trim
Go to top ▲
Thunderbird V-8 292-cid- valve cover
The '56 Fairlane's M-code engine is the famous 2-overhead-valve, 292-cubic-inch, Y-block "Thunderbird V-8" producing 202 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque (with Fordomatic Dr transmission). It was the standard engine in 1955 Thunderbird's and Mercury's. Only Fairlane V-8 models had dual exhaust "ported through the rear bumper."
M-code Thunderbird V-8 292-cid Y-block engine w/ modern Holley 4160 carb
Go to top ▲
On "Lemonade," the original Holley 4000 4-barrel "teapot" carburetor was replaced with a more-dependable, new (1958-up) Holley 4160 390-CFM 4-barrel carb with vacuum secondary and electric choke. It sits on a refurbished (1957-up) 1957 Ford "B" intake manifold. The Holley loadomatic vacuum-advance distributor was replaced with a more-responsive, rebuilt (1957-up) 1959 Ford distributor with vacuum and centrifugal advance; and Pertronix electronic ignition. Instant throttle response and snappy acceleration are now provided by this torque-rich engine, and the optional (lower) 3.89:1 rear gears.
M-code Thunderbird V-8 292-cid Y-block engine w/ modern Holley 4160 carb
Go to top ▲
1956 was the first year for Ford's new 12-volt electrical system - with "high-output" 30-amp. generator and 55-amp. "Power Punch" tar-top battery.

In usual "Drive" range operation, the "Speed-Trigger Fordomatic Drive" (3-speed automatic transmission) starts out in 2nd gear, then automatically up-shifts to 3rd. Flooring the throttle pedal accomplishes 1st-gear, fast-getaway starts and automatic up-shifts to 2nd and 3rd gears. Cruising-speed downshifts to passing gear (2nd gear) are accomplished by pressing firmly on the throttle pedal.

The trunk is complete with an original-type Firestone 6.70 x 15-inch bias-4-ply tubeless white sidewall spare tire, a "large plaid" fleese-backed mat, a bumper jack, and a "Jack Instructions" decal. The rear license plate is enclosed in a rare re-chromed  1956 Ford genuine accessory "modern, hooded design" frame (part no. B5A-18350-A).
1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan trunk
Go to top ▲
1956 Ford car data plate 1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan Thunderbird V-8 Fordomatic Dr   (SOLD!)
VIN   M 6 F T 332131   70C ME L 13 G 493
M   ENGINE TYPE - Thunderbird V-8 292-cid 200-hp (202-hp w/ Fordomatic Dr)
F   ASSEMBLY PLANT - Dearborn, Michigan
T   BODY STYLE - Fairlane Tudor/Fordor (Club Sedan/Town Sedan)
332131   CONSECUTIVE UNIT NO. (starting at 100001) - the 232,131st vehicle (of all models) assembled at Dearborn in the 1956 production year
70C   BODY TYPE - Fairlane Club Sedan (2 dr)
ME   COLOR (EXTERIOR PAINT) - M-code Goldenglow Yellow/E-code Colonial White exterior paint
L   TRIM (INTERIOR COLOR) - Dark Gray & Medium Gray (random dot Silver Lurex glittering metallic thread) nylon cloth upholstery, Dark Gray Metallic (inst panel) & Platinum Gray (mid inst panel) paint
13   DAY OF THE MONTH (vehicle completed) - 13th (Friday)
G   MONTH (vehicle completed) - July, 1956
493 - SCHEDULED ITEM NO. (assigned by the plant to the body) - the 493rd vehicle (of all models) scheduled for assembly on Friday, July 13, 1956
Heads - ECZ-C
Block - ECZ-6015-C
Connecting Rods - EBU
Main Bearing Caps - EBU
Intake Manifold - 1957 (1957-up) ECZ-9425-B
Carburetor - New (1958-up) Holley 4160 390-CFM 4-bbl w/ vac secondary & elec choke
(replaced the Holley 4000 4-bbl "teapot")
Distributor - 1959 (1957-up) w/ vacuum & centrifugal advance
(replaced the full-vacuum Holley Load-O-Matic)
Transmission - Optional "Speed-Trigger Fordomatic Drive" 3-speed auto, 61D43258
Rear Axle Ratio - Optional 3.89 to 1 (std on '56 Fords w/ I-6 eng & Conv Dr 3-spd trans)
(replaced original 3:22 to 1 ratio for this V-8 Fordomatic Dr car)
New Price   $2,555, Fordomatic Dr +$192, Style-Tone Two-Tone paint +$45, & White Sidewall Tires +$50 = $2,842 USD   Price Lists
1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedans Produced - (I-6) 1,328 + (V-8) 141,301 = 142,629
Ford U.S. produced 1,408,478 vehicles in 1956  Wikipedia
Go to top ▲
  Fairlane bodyside sweep bright-metal molding w/ black-painted jet exhaust design . . .