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1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan Thunderbird V-8 Fordomatic

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"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/ Thunderbird-style Wire Wheels
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1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan w/ Steel Rims & "Dog Dish" Hubcaps
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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.
 
1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan w/ Steel Rims & "Dog Dish" Hubcaps
 
1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan w/ Thunderbird-style Wire Wheels
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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 2-Tone" M-code Goldenglow Yellow and E-code Colonial White.
 
1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan w/ M Code Goldenglow Yellow & E Code Colonial White Paint
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The "Fairlane Luxury Lounge" is "color-harmonized" with L-code Dark Gray & Medium Gray Nylon Cloth (with random dot Silver Lurex glittering metallic thread). Door panels are dark and light gray vinyl. Paint is Dk. Gray Metallic and H-code Platinum Gray (mid-dash). 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
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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 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."
 
1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan w/ M Code 292 Y-block Thunderbird Engine & Holley 4160 Carb
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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.
 
1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan w/ M Code 292 Y-block Thunderbird Engine & Holley 4160 Carb)
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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 whitewall 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
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1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan Thunderbird V-8 Fordomatic   (SOLD!)

RESTORED AS DATA PLATE CODES

1956 Ford Data Plate Click  1956 Ford VIN Decoder
(credit VINmagic.com Classic Car VIN Decoder)

Click  1955-56 Ford Car Data Plate Codes
(credit Crown Victoria Association)

 

VIN   M 6 F T 332131   70C ME L 13 G 493

M - 292 CID V-8 Engine
6 - 1956-Model Year
F - Dearborn Assembly Plant
T - Fairlane Tudor/Fordor (2 dr Club Sedan & 4 dr Town Sedan)
332131 - Consecutive Unit Number - starting at 100001 = the 232,131st "T" Fairlane Tudor/Fordor [Club Sedan & Town Sedan] scheduled for production at the "F" Dearborn Assembly Plant (a total of 371,501 1956 "T" Fairlane Tudors/Fordors was produced)

70C - Fairlane Club Sedan Body
ME - Goldenglow Yellow/Colonial White
L - Dark Gray & Medium Gray (Random Dot) Cloth Interior Trim
Interior paint colors are Dk. Gray Metallic & Platinum Gray (on mid-instrument panel)
13 - 13th Day of the Month
G - Month of the Year (July)
493 - 493rd Unit No. Produced  (of all models produced at the "F" Dearborn Assembly Plant, on July 13th, 1956)

Heads - ECZ-C
Block - ECZ-6015-C
Connecting Rods - EBU
Main Bearing Caps - EBU
Intake Manifold - (1957-up) 1957 ECZ-9425-B
Carburetor - (1958-up) new Holley 4160 390-CFM 4-Bbl w/ Vac. Secondary & Elec. Choke
(Original Carburetor - Holley 4000 4-barrel "teapot")
Distributor - (1957-up) 1959 w/ Vacuum & Centrifugal Advance
Transmission - Optional "Speed-Trigger Fordomatic Drive" 3-Speed Automatic 61D43258
(New Fordomatic Price = $178.00 - $215.00 USD)
Rear Axle Ratio - Optional 3.89 to 1 (usually used w/ 3-speed standard transmission cars)
(replaced the more typical 3:22 to 1 for this model)

Suggested New Retail Price - $2,555.00 USD  (click original price lists)
1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedans Produced - 142,629

Ford U.S. produced 1,408,478 vehicles in 1956 (Wikipedia).
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The famous Fairlane body-side wide skew molding, bright metal w/ black painted insets . . .