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1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan "Lemonade"
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Restoration Information
In 1998 in Ohio, major body-off-frame restoration work was done to the body and interior—the work is obvious but not documented. In 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 in British Columbia, the body and interior were again improved, and extensive chassis and drivetrain mechanical work was done—documented.
On "Lemonade" the original Holley 4000 4-barrel "teapot" carburetor was replaced with a more-dependable, new (1958-up) Holley 4160 390-CFM 4-bbl carb with vacuum secondary and electric choke, that sits on a refurbished 1957 (1957-up) Ford "B" intake manifold. The Holley loadomatic vacuum-advance distributor was replaced with a more-responsive, reconditioned 1959 (1957-up) 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
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Correct M-code 292-CID "Thunderbird V-8" Y-block (not original to car)
"Thunderbird/Ford Red" Enamel Engine Paint B5S-6000 (Ditzler Code 70530)
Cylinders Bored-out .030 of an inch, to 296 Cubic-inches
Balanced Crankshaft
New Temperature Gauge Sending Unit
Rebuilt Water Pump
New Repro Oil Pressure Light Sending Unit, White Wire
Rebuilt Oil Pump
New "spin-on" Oil Filter (replaces original canister/cartridge type)
Rebuilt Generator, New Repro "FoMoCo" Script Decal
New Motor Mounts
New Fan Belt (Thunderbird 5-blade fan)
Rebuilt Starter, New Drive, New Repro "FoMoCo" Script Decal, NOS Radio Static Condensor
New Repro Generator Radio Static Condensor
New Repro Generator-to-Voltage Regulator Wiring Harness
Powder Coated Red Oil Pan, New Repro Drain Plug
Powder Coated Argent (Silver) "Stock-look" Oil-bath Air Cleaner,
converted for a K&N High-flow Air Filter #E-2870, New Repro "Service Instructions" Decal
Rebuilt Heads w/ new higher-grade parts—Seal Power Valves, Exhaust Valve Seats (added),
Comp Cam Valve Springs, Bronze Guides, Performance Seals, & Valve Keepers
Ceramic Coated Cast Grey Exhaust Manifolds (originals not coated)
Powder Coated Black Rocker Arm Covers, New Repro "Thunderbird V8" Script Decals, Rubber Gaskets
Reconditioned 1957 (1957-up) Ford "B" Intake Manifold
• Heat Tube removed & holes filled
• several coats Flat-black BBQ Primer Paint to resist bunt paint
New modern (1958-up) Holley 4160 390-cfm 4-bbl Carburetor, Elec Choke, New Repro Dashpot
Rebuilt 1959 (1957-up) Ford Distributor, Vacuum & Centrifugal Advance
• New Cap & Rotor
• New Pertronix "Ignitor" Electronic Ignition (non-stock)
New Pertronix "Flame-Thrower" HP Coil (non-stock), New Repro "FoMoCo" Script Decal
New Exhaust Spacer (non-stock, replaces Heat Riser Valve)
New "Restricted Port" Intake Manifold Gaskets (non-stock, to help prevent burnt paint)
New Champion Copper Plus Spark Plugs
New Repro Weatherproof Steel-core Spark Plug Wires, "FoMoCo" Script
New Repro Spark Plug Wire Bracket Kit
New Repro Brown-coloured Coil Wire
New Repro Thermostat Housing, Water Bypass
New Gates Professional 160-Degree Thermostat
New Repro Fuel Pump w/ Vacuum, Glass Bowl, Filter
New Vacuum & Fuel Steel Tubes (custom made to simulate originals, 2 "C" clips)
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New Repro Paper-type "Foundry Tag" (attached to generator bracket upper left bolt, as original)
Castrol GTX 20W-50 Oil (containing anti-ware additives)
Ignition Timing 8-10 Degrees BTDC (Shop Manual states 6 degrees BTDC for Fordomatic Dr)
M Code 292 Y-block Thunderbird Engine w/ Modern Holley 4160 Carb)
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Refurbished "Performance" Radiator, by Burnaby Radiator Service, Burnaby, B.C.
• New Repro Cap (2008)
• New Repro "Service" Tag
• New Repro Upper & Lower Hoses, "FoMoCo" Script
• New Repro Hose Clamps
New Repro "Seashell" High- & Low-pitch Horns, New Horn Relay
New "tar-top" 55 Ampere-hour HD 29N Battery, "Ford Power Punch" Script
• New Repro Battery Tray & Hold Down Kit
• New Repro Battery Cables
New Repro Starter Cable, Inner Fender Panel Grommet
New Repro Windshield Washer
• Foot-Pump Kit, Hoses
• Reservoir (red vinyl bag), "See Clear FORD MOTOR COMPANY A56" Script
• Twin-spray Nozzle, chrome, hood-mounted
New Repro Front Stone Deflector-to-Rad Rubber Seal w/ Staples
New Motorcraft Voltage Regulator (blue-coloured replacement-type)
New Voltage Regulator Radio Static Condenser
New Repro Wiring Junction Box (left front inner fender)
New Stoplight Switch, New Repro Green Wires
NOS Neutral Safety Switch, New Repro White Wire
Rebuilt "MagicAire" Fresh Air Heater/Defroster System
• New Repro Round Flexible Blower Inlet Hose
• New Repro Air Duck to Blower Housing Strap, natural finish
• Powder Coated Black Blower Motor Housing
• New Repro Murray "Climate Control" 2-speed Blower Motor (stock-look replacement-type)
• New Repro "12 VOLT" Script Decal
• New Repro Square Flexible Inlet Duct Hose
• New Repro Square Blower Housing, 2 Square Natural-finish Clamps
• Powder Coated Black Air Inlet Ducts
• New Repro Cardboard Air Deflector (stapled inside heater inlet duct)
• New Repro "Instructions for Removing Blower & Duct Ass'y." Script Decal
• NOS Heater Core
• NOS The Dole Valve Co. Heater Shut-off Valve Assembly (on intake manifold)
• NOS The Dole Valve Co. Heater Control DS-1 (in inside heater duct)
• New Hoses
• New Repro Spring-type Hose Clamps & Aluminum Band Hose Ties
4 Wiring Harness Clips, green-painted (on firewall crease, natural-finish originals)
New Repro Brown-case Starter Solenoid, New Wire Ends
Powder Coated Black Splash Shields
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Correct "Speed Trigger" Fordomatic Drive 3-Speed Automatic
New Repro Cooling Lines to Rad
NOS "23-tooth" Speedometer Cable Gear
• to re-calibrate speedometer for optional 3:89:1 rear gears
• replaces original "19-tooth" gear for 3:22:1 rear gears
Rebuilt, Case Painted "Cast Grey"
Correct Linkage, Bellcrank, & Rod Adjustment for
• Part-throttle Start-outs in 2nd & auto upshift to 3rd (typical)
• Full-throttle "Speed Trigger" Start-outs in 1st & auto upshifts to 2nd & 3rd
• Part- & Full-throttle Downshifts to passing-gear (2nd-gear)
1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan, Undercarriage
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Rebuilt Differential Assembly (not original to car)
• 3.89 to 1 Ratio Ring & Pinion Gears (original option, replaces original 3.22 to 1 ratio gears)
• 4 New Timken Main Bearings, New Pinion Seal, New Magnet (added)
• Adjusted for "Perfect Tooth Contact"
1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan
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Correct "Style-Tone" Two-Tone ME-code Colours
• (M) Goldenglow Yellow & (E) Colonial White
• Modern Acrylic Enamel Paint & Clearcoat
2004 / 2005 / 2006
Refurbished Previous (1998) Body & Paint Restoration Work
New Repro Clear-glass Windshield (no tint, no"FoMoCo" Script)
Re-polished Windshield Stainless Steel Molding
New Repro Clear-glass Door Windows w/ "FoMoCo" Scripts
New Repro Door Window Glass Anti-rattlers (Whiskers) w/ Stainless Steel Beads
New Clear-glass Vent Windows (no "FoMoCo" Script)
New Repro Vent Window Rubber Weatherstrips
New Repro Vent Window Handles/Buttons
New Rear Quarter Clear-glass Windows (no "FoMoCo" Script)
New Repro Quarter Window Glass Anti-rattlers (Whiskers) w/ Stainless Steel Beads
NOS Polished Rear Window Stainless Steel Molding (top piece w/ black-painted insets)
Re-polished Rear Window Stainless Steel Molding (sides & lower pieces)
New Repro Door Check Arms & Pins
New Repro Door Rubber Weatherstrips
New Repro Headlight Stainless Steel Moldings
Re-polished Stainless Steel Front Fender Moldings
NOS Polished Stainless Steel Bodyside (Door) Sweep Moldings
New Repro Polished Stainless Steel Quarter Moldings w/ Black-painted Jet Exhaust Designs
New Repro Wiper-to-Body Chrome Grommets, Chrome Nuts, Leather Gaskets
New Wiper Arms & Blades
NOS Door Latches
New Repro Door Lock Buttons
New Repro Outside Door Handles, Buttons, Rubber Mounting Pads
New Repro Door "Club Sedan" Scripts
Re-chromed Grille, Center Bar, Front Parking Lamps & Extensions
NOS Parking Lamp Lenses w/ "FoMoCo FPT-56" Script, NOS Rubber Gaskets
New Repro Parking Lamp Wiring, Pigtails, Bulbs
Re-chromed Front & Rear Bumpers & Guards
Plasti-Kote "Rust Not" Aluminum-coloured Enamel Paint brushed on back of
Grille, Front Parking Lamps & Extensions, Bumpers & Guards, (non-stock)
New Repro Stainless Steel Bumper Bolts, Nuts, Washers
New Repro Wagner Seal Beam Headlamps w/ "MADE FOR FoMoCo" Script
New Repro Headlight Crossover Wiring Harness
New Repro Front Inner Fender Splash Apron-to-Frame 6-piece Weatherstrip Kit w/ Staples
New Repro Rear Bumper-to-Body Stone Deflector Rubber Seal w/ Staples
New Repro Hood "Ford" Script Crest Emblem
New Repro 8-piece Hood Rubber Bumper Kit
New Repro Front Fender "Thunderbird V8" Script Ornaments
New Repro Trunk Lid Chrome "V" Emblem
New Repro Trunk Lid "Fairlane" Script Emblem
New Repro Trunk Lid "Ford" Script Crest Emblem
New Repro Chrome Tail Lamp Housings, Rubber Mounting Pads, Wiring, Pigtails, Bulbs
New Repro Tail Lamp Lenses w/ "FRST 56 FoMoCo" Script, Gaskets
New Repro Chrome Back-up Lamp Housings, Red Reflectors, Rubber Pads, Wiring, Pigtails, Bulbs
New Repro Back-up Lamp Lenses, "FB-56 FoMoCo" Script, Cork Gaskets
New Repro Bodyside Stainless Steel Stone Guards
New Repro Fuel Tank
• Straps, Body Pads, Bolts, Grommets, Radio Static Condenser
• New Repro Fuel Tank Door Spring, Rubber Bumpers, NOS Cap
2 New Repro Fog Lamps w/ "Ford" Script Ornaments (non-stock, period correct)
• 6-inch, amber-lens, chrome-finish, grille-mounted
• Hidden under-dash on/off Toggle Switch
New Repro Fuel Gauge Sending Unit
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2 New Repro Body Mount Mirrors, "FoMoCo" Script, Rubber Mounting Pads (added, originals had no pads)
Re-chromed Rear License Plate Frame, original accessory
New Repro Rear Fender Shields (Skirts), Stainless Steel Stone Guards, Rubber Gaskets
New Repro Stainless Steel Rocker Panel Trim (applied w/ Trim Tape—no holes or clips)
New Repro Stainless Steel Front Fender Ornaments (applied w/ Trim Tape—no holes or clips)
1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan, Backseat
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Correct L-code Dark Gray Cloth & Medium Gray Cloth
2004 / 2005 / 2006
Refurbished Previous (1998) ABC Auto Upholstery Kit
New Repro ABC Auto Upholstery Vinyl & Cloth Sun Visors, Re-sprung & Re-painted Brackets
New Repro Windlace
New Repro Gray Kick Panels (originals were Charcoal)
New Repro 80% Rayon/20% Nylon "Gunmetal Gray" Carpets (originals were Charcoal)
New Repro Coat Hooks
New Repro Dome Light Lens & Switch
New Repro Rear View Mirror
Refurbished Black Steering Wheel (original was Dark Gray Metallic)
• Re-chromed Horn Ring
• New Repro Center Plastic Medallion, Background Plate, Hardware
New Repro Glove Box & Door Parts
• Arm Rubber Grommet, Bright-metal Hole Plugs, Rubber Bumpers
• "Ford" Script & "Y-8" Emblems
• "Engine Oil/Tire Pressure" & "Automatic Transmission Fluid" Decals
New Repro 4-OHM In-dash Radio Speaker
New Repro Front Fender Antenna
Re-chromed Original Radio Control Panel Face Plate
NOS Temperature Gauge, NOS Fuel Gauge, NOS Speedometer
Original "sweep-second hand" Electric Clock
• New Quartz-movement by The Clock Works (non-stock)
• New Repro Mounting Gasket & Blue Wire w/ Fuse Holder
• New Hidden Under-dash On/Off Toggle Switch (non-stock)
New New Port Engineering "Clean Wipe" 2-speed Electric Wiper Motor (non-stock)
operated by Original Dashboard Wiper Knob
New Repro Headlight Switch
NOS Heater/Defroster complete Control Assembly
• NOS 3-position Blower Switch
• Chrome Dashboard Face Plate & Blue-coloured Light Wire
• New Repro Blower Switch-to-Blower Motor Orange- & Red-coloured Wires
• New Repro Blower Switch-to-Ignition Switch Brown-coloured Wire w/ Fuse Holder
• 2 New Repro Heater/Defroster Control Cables
New Repro Door Opening Handles, Rubber Gaskets, Hardware
New Repro Window Crank Handles, Hardware
New Repro Embossed Anodized-finish Aluminum Scuff Plates
Rebuilt Original Motorola "Console Range" 6-tube AM Radio
NOS "Ash-Guard Automatic Pop-out" Cigar Lighter & Knob
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1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan, Dashboard
1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan, Dashboard
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New Repro Side Panels
New Repro Spare Wheel Bolt & Nut w/ Rubber Coated Ends
New Repro "Large Tan & White Plaid" Trunk Mat w/ Fleece Backing
New Repro Bumper Jack w/ Powder Coated Base
New Repro Trunk "Jack Stowage" Decal
New Powder Coated Wheel Lug Wrench
New Repro Quarter Panel Drain Plugs
2004 / 2005 / 2006
New Eaton Detroit Spring, Inc. Front Coil Springs (cut to achieve car's stock height of 7-inches)
New Repro Upper Rubber Insulators for Front Coil Springs
New HD 1-inch Dia Anti-sway Bar & Bushings (non-stock, painted black as original 11/16-inch dia "stabilizer bar")
New Control Arm Bushings
New 5-leaf Rear Springs w/ Anti-squeak
1/2-inch Lowering Blocks (non-stock, installed to achieve car's stock height of 7-inches)
New Repro Rear Leaf Spring Overhaul Kit
• Shackles, Bushings, Retainers, Insulators, U-bolts, Clamps, Center Bolts, Axle Rubber Bumpers
New Gabriel Front Shock Absorbers, "Classic" Black Gas, 82026 (non-stock)
New Gabriel Rear Shock Absorbers, "Ultra" Truck w/ "G-Force Technology," G63398, painted Black, (non-stock)
1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan, Undercarriage
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Rebuilt Brake System
• New Master Cylinder, "Natural Cast Finish"
• New Wheel Cylinders
• New Shoe Hold Downs, Springs, Clips
• 5 New Stainless Steel Tubes (non-stock, originals not stainless)
• 3 New Repro Connector Blocks, 3 Flexible Hoses
• NOS Rear Emergency Brake Cable
• New NAPA United Front Shoes AE263R & Rear Shoes AE55R, Riveted
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2004 / 2005 / 2006
New Drive Shaft Universal Joints w/ Grease Nipples
New Front End Kit
• Ball Joints, Tie Rod Ends, Idler Arm, Control Valve Ball Stud
• Suspension Bushings, Upper & Lower Control Arm Rubber Bumpers
New Front Wheel Bearings & Seals
New BCA Bearings Rear Wheel Bearings & Seals
New Stainless Steel Fuel Line (none-stock, original not stainless)
New Repro Flexible Fuel Line (from steel fuel line to fuel pump)
New "Stock-look" Walker Quiet-Flow Aluminized Premium Mufflers
New Aluminized Correct-diameter 2-inch Exhaust Pipes & 1-3/4-inch Tailpipes
New Repro "through the bumper" Chrome-outlet Aluminized Exhaust Deflectors
New Repro Exhaust System Hangers, Clamps
New Wheel Lug Nuts
Refurbished Frame Front Cross Member
Wheel Alignment w/ Increased +3 Degrees Castor (to enhance straight-down-the-road steering)
1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan, Undercarriage
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One New Firestone 6.70 x 15" Bias 4-Ply Tubeless Spare Tire
w/ Correct-width 2-11/16" Wide White Sidewall
on Original 15" dia x 5" wide x 3" backspace Painted Steel Wheel
4 New Dayton (Bridgestone/Firestone) Quadra SE P205 / 75 R15 M/S Radial Tires (non-stock)
from Diamond Back Classic Radials, Correct-width 2-1/2-inch Wide White Sidewalls
on Original 15" dia x 5" wide x 3" backspace Painted Steel Wheels
• "Road Force Variation Custom Balanced"
4 New Repro Standard Ford Script 10-1/4" "Dog Dish" Hub Caps (for above steel rims)
4 New Dean Tires Alpha 365 A/S P205 / 75 R15 M/S Radial Tires (non-stock)
from Diamond Back Classic Radials, Correct-width 2-1/2" Wide White Sidewalls
on New Aftermarket 1962-64 Thunderbird-style Wire Wheels (Kelsey-Hayes) (non-stock)
15" dia x 5" wide x 3-1/4" backspace, 4 Tubes (required)
• Chrome-plated finish steel rim/hub, 56 polished stainless steel Spokes/Nipples
• Three-bar spinner Center Caps w/ Ford Crest Emblems (recessed to clear Rear Fender Shields)
• "Road Force Variation Custom Balanced," Coated stick-on weights (back)
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Old Ford Technical & Part Links
Parts & services provided by:
Burton Antique Auto Parts  www.burtonantiqueautoparts.com
Bob's Classic Auto Glass  www.bobsclassicautoglass.com
Concours Parts & Accessories  www.concoursparts.com
Coker Tire - Wheels Too!  www.cokertire.com
Diamond Back Classic Tires  www.dbtires.com
Dennis Carpenter Ford Restoration Parts  www.dennis-carpenter.com
Inline Tube  www.inlinetube.com
Kanter Auto Products  www.kanter.com
LeBaron Bonney
MAC's Antique Auto Parts  www.macsautoparts.com
NAPA Auto Parts  www.napaonline.com
New Port Engineering  www.newportwipers.com
PerTronix Ignition Products  www.pertronix.com
Speedway Motors  www.speedwaymotors.com
The Clock Works  www.clockwks.com
Tee-Bird Products  www.tee-bird.com
Thunderbird Southwest-Timesless Texas Classics  www.thunderbirdsouthwest.com

California Rod and Custom, Langley, B.C.  californiarodandcustom.com
Clark Transmissions, Burnaby, B.C.
Kool Coat Ceramic Coating, Langley, B.C., www.koolcoatceramiccoatings.com
Kinetic Powder Coating, Courtenay, B.C.  kineticpowdercoating.com
Lordco Auto Parts  www.lordco.com
Muffler-Tech Tire & Auto, Maple Ridge, B.C.  www.mufflertechautomotive.com
NAPA Auto Parts  www.napacanada.com
National Tire Wholesale, Delta, B.C.  www.nationaltirewholesale.com
Rainbow Powder Coating, Coquitlam, B.C.
The Old Car Centre, Langley, B.C.  www.oldcarcentre.com
Vintage AutoSound-WoodRadios, Mission, B.C.  www.woodradios.com
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