Bob McCarron's 1956 Fairlane

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Not Stock and Absolutely Stunning

We purchased our '66 Club Sedan in 1990, and published a short progress report in the January 1993, Vol. 16, #1 FOMOCO TIMES. Now it's fin­ished as of January 1998 and we call it "Marta's car".

Although not an "original" restoration, all the ornaments and emblems are there thanks to Dennis Carpenter products. Many items were purchased from Carpenter and Mr. Brown Small, who both advertise in the CVA magazine. A special thanks to Brown Small for many hard-to-find pieces and last-minute parts that were sent quickly when needed. The body work, paint, interior and detail work were performed by a new local old car business, that I refer to as the Three Bills. The owner, body man and interior man are all named Bill! Bill and Bill, who now work with Bill have previously done work on our '51 Mere and '51 Victoria.

Specifications are as follows: 312 Y Block T-Bird VS with 4 barrel and Ford-o-matic, dual exhaust with Smitty glass packs, new Ford paint colors are Laser Red (3 coat system] and Crystal White, white roll and pleat, Vintage Air A/C and heater, alterna­tor, coker, continental kit, original skirts, wheelcovers are '57 Lancers on front and stock on rear, headlight shields, blue dots, Jamco suspension lowered 4" front and rear with gas shocks, Jamco 4 core radiator, 225x75d5 wide white radials by B. F. Goodrich, shoulder safety belts. Our Louisiana antique tag reads: "TBIRDVS".

We previously attended the National Show held in St. Louis (without a car], and plan to attend in the future with this ''back to the future Club Cruiser".

 

January 2021 UPDATE:
Our ’56 Fairlane was on the cover of the August 1998 CVA “FOMOCO Times”. It had just been painted Ford Laser Red and Crystal White. We purchased it in 1990. This was my wife’s, “Marta’s car”. She was able to enjoy the Fairlane for ten years, after the body work. She occasionally drove it to the high school where she taught. Marta passed October 8th, 2008.

The paint is still great and very bright, and hard to capture in a picture with my camera. The engine was rebuilt in 2012. The engine is a 292 (not the 312 it was supposed to be) and bored now to be a 296 (.030 over). Runs great and recently drove it to St. Louis to be in my Niece’s wedding, and then to the James Dean Run in Fairmont Indiana.

The ride is great on “Jamco” suspension and “Diamond Back” radials. “Vintage Air”, shoulder belts, “Smitty” glass packs, cruise control, alternator, dual master brake cylinder, white Roll & Pleat, blue dots, Lancers, skirts, and continental kit are some of the accessories.

I belong to the CVA, Y-Block Magazine, ’49-’59 Ford Mercury Association, KKOA, KOA and AACA (see the Driver Participation Badge award on the grille). I included a copy of the August 1998 “FOMOCO Times” cover, and two pictures of the Fairlane.

Thanks,
Bob (& Marta) McCarron

 
 

Skip Mucci's 1956 Parklane

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For most of my life my interest was in restoring 1955-1956 Fords. In fact at this point I’ve reached a total of 24 cars and climbing. My motivation was an intense love for these two years of Ford production.

The name Parklane resonates “luxury” to me. I picture this car as belonging to an owner of a country estate surrounded by copious trees and gardens with fountains. This was the most luxurious Ford Wagon of 1956 with only 15,156 made and only produced for one year. The Parklane was in competition with the 1956 Chevrolet Nomad. Restoring a Parklane immediately presents a serious challenge in locating all the parts needed for the job. That is of course if you can find a Parklane to restore in the first place. One day a friend of mine called to let me know he knew of a Parklane for sale in Indiana. The owner had the car in climate control storage for 30 years. Arrangements were made to purchase the car and two friends drove the trailer out to Indiana and then back to Malden, Massachusetts to my shop. This is where I began the process of taking everything completely apart.

From the moment the car was disassembled I wanted this to be one of my best restorations regardless of expense and including every option I could find available for use in the Parklane, which came to 22 options!! As you can judge by the figure, the car is loaded.

In the process of putting the car together, a 28 month project, every single part was either brand spanking new (NOS) or very professionally refinished. Just to give you an idea of my serious plans for the car and the expense input. The total cost of all upholstery came to $17,000 alone including rugs and all panels with the intricate details, tailgate and floor wells. There is chrome everywhere to the tune of $10,000 in replating, break away mirror, travel compass and plug for electric shaver. The side mirrors were optional along with the tissue dispenser. The tailgate came from Colorado, NOS parking light housing and hood bird, one really rare option was a “traffic viewer” mounted on the dash. Because the car has a rain shield canopy, (a $2,500 item) you can not see any overhead traffic lights. The traffic viewer on the dash does the viewing for you, so you don’t run through a red light!! Other things noteworthy of mention are riveted brake shoes and a custom made stainless steel exhaust system, Mercury tail lights and all new tinted window glass. Just to give an idea of how much prices and demand have increased for parts, I had 33 sets of Mercury tail lights on the garage wall 3 years ago. All Gone! The Mercury tail lights go for about $2,500 at present for a perfect set.

Virtually everything needed today for a car restoration is very expensive, so expensive as to being an impossible dream for most. I’m sure that if F. Lee Baile were home when the cover picture was done, he would have been dazzled by all the chrome against the Diamond and Bermuda blue paint combination. He would have possibly wanted a Parklane for his home!

The Parklane is for sale at this time. Contact the owner at 781-929-0014 for information. Let’s make a deal!

 

Bob Martin's 1956 Sunliner

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I’ve had my 1956 Ford Sunliner for more than 40 years. Growing up, my dad, my brother and I would go every year to see the new models. When I was dating my wife in 1963, I owned a ’63 and a half Ford Galaxy. At that time, I also had a 1955 Ford Sunliner convertible that I bought when I was 19 years old. One day a few years later, I stopped at a service station to get gas in my ’55 and a man there told me that he knew where there was another car similar to mine. Turns out, it was only about 10 miles from where I lived at that time. I went home and got my wife, Kay, our check book, and purchased this car that same day.


Kay and I have had a lot of fun over the years participating in car shows, high school and college homecoming parades, the annual Dollywood parade, and joy riding with the top down around our beautiful East Tennessee Great Smokey Mountain area. When I first purchased the car, it needed some work done to it. I had it repainted, put new seat covers on it, and put a new convertible top on it. The car looked great after that! Recently, my neighbor Randy, who used to work in Detroit at Ford Motor Co, has helped me maintain and fine tune the car. In addition to my ’56 Ford Convertible, I have a 1930 A-Model with 11,000 miles, a fully restored 1966 Ford pickup truck, and a 1977 Mercury Cougar XR7 that I bought new. My wife also has the Volkswagen Beetle that her father purchased new in 1974. All of my family and friends have always know me as a “Ford Man.” I even use a 1956 Ford tractor on my farm. I have always loved the Ford brand and, even now at 82 years young, I drive a 2017 Ford F-150.

Submitted by Bob Martin

 

Jon Anderson's 1956 Crown Victoria

 

Jon Anderson

My first encounter with 1956 Fords was when my dad bought one. I was ten years old. It was a Country Sedan station wagon. My dad gave this car to me eight years later. It was my first car to drive, it needed body and motor repairs. I got it on the road after four months of work in time for my high school graduation. Later that fall returning from stock car races I blew a right front tire and found the ditch. The car didn’t come out of this encounter well.

Needing a replacement car, I cruised the used car lots. I spotted a peacock blue 1956 crown Vic at Walt’s car exchange. After begging for the money to buy this I finally got it home. I had two minor body incidents I sold this car. My next vehicle was a 1959 police interceptor, which I drove until I went into the army from 1966-1968.

Fast forwarding to1993 some buddies of mine talked me into getting into restoring a 56 Ford Fairlane Victoria. I bought two cars, one 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria, and a 56-sedan car for parts. The 56 two door Vik hard top had been used for drag racing in Ohio. Several months later, and lots of late nights in the garage my 56 black Victoria was road ready. I had restored it to its original color and body style. It did not have the original 312 Y-block motor and transmission. Irene and I drove it to the Detroit convention, and later to the convention in Sandusky, Ohio. We also did several local shows and just enjoyed going for drives in it.

Nineteen years later I still dreamed of having my own Crown Victoria. I was intending to take off the top of black Vicky and make my car into a cloned crown. I was having trouble finding a 56 crown that I could use the roof and crown parts. I found a 56 Crown Victoria for sale on the internet. It was in Bristol Tenn. We got in the truck, drove down and rented a trailer. Oh boy what a mess. It had been stored in a shed for over forty years and was not a pretty sight. Tires shot, brakes frozen, body well rusted. What had I gotten into? After an hour and a half of work with his tractor we got it loaded. This was in January. Got almost all the way home before it started to snow. We live in Western New York where we get lake effect storms.

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Bill & Linda Huffman's '56 Customline Victoria

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Since we have been members of CVA we hadn't seen a Custom line Victoria on the cover of the Fomoco Times until Tom & Susan Witham in April of 2020. (Nice Car). So, here's our story of our Blue Vic.

We are Billy and Linda Huffman of Middle Tennessee.

We have been Chevy people for years owning 1955,56, and 57's and the last one was a 1950 Chevy Belair.

Two years ago in April, while in Pigeon Forge Tennessee at a car show, we spied Blue Vic. A 1956 Ford Custom line Victoria and it was for sale. It caught our eye with it's beautiful blue and white exterior and gorgeous blue and white upholstery. We fell in (I want it), not I love it. There were a lot of cars for sale that year so we continued looking around but couldn't get Blue Vic off our minds. Needless to say, we went back for the second look. We didn't take any money with us for we weren't planning on buying a car. We called the owner and had him come down and talk to us about it. Billy wanted to test drive it. The car belonged to a classic car dealer. He called Blue Vic a Custom line 300. He didn't realize it is a Custom line Victoria. We knew that it was a 2 door Custom line and didn't realize they only made around 33,000 of these cars according to our research. Billy test drove the car and made him an offer. We told him we didn't bring any money but if he would take a check, we would buy it. He thought about it for a while then accepted our offer.

We take our Motorhome to these shows and camp in Pigeon Forge so l (Linda) had to drive Blue Vic home about 225 miles. Wouldn't you know it poured down rain all the way home and it still has vacuum wipers. I (Linda) drove it fast enough to keep the windshield pretty clear so I could see to drive.

We got home and examined the tires. Billy said you know those tires are 17 years old. They looked newer with no cracks or wear. I told Billy I would never drive another car he buys until he checks the tires. There were a few times I know I was doing 70 miles an hour.

Billy has learned a few things about Blue Vic. It has a 302 HO engine from the 80' s and a C-6 Transmission.

Billy had the engine and transmission gone through and redone. The rear end was replaced with a 1957 Ford 9 inch with 3.10 gears. We are in the process of installing power brakes. He has already installed power steering.

Blue Vic gets a lot of thumbs up and complements. We enjoy the magazine we get and looking at all the beautiful Fords. We hope to see you all someday at a show. We want to Thank Don Stickler for telling us about CVA.

Billy & Linda Huffman

 

A Canadian's Love for the '56 Ford

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Submitted by Bernard and Jo-Eane McKay, Prince George, BC

My career as a car guy goes back to my high school years. In 1962, at age 15, my grade ten class took a trip from our school in New Westminster BC to Seattle Washington along the newly competed Interstate 5. Some of my classmates were pointing at the new Chevy II s and a few Corvettes. I was looking for Ford and Oldsmobiles. My Dad had owned a 1951 Olds Rocket 88 when I was 13 years old and that car and its V-8 motor impressed me. Around that time, I saw my first 1956 Crown Victoria and that would be my favorite car from that point on.

I was one of the few guys at our school to not only have a driver's license but also a car to drive. By 1965 I was illegally drag racing on my local 'drag strip' most Friday and Saturday nights. In the course of 18 months I went through 5 cars. The rear ends (side gears) would break on the '55 and '56 Fords. I was at the stage of life, 18 years old, when I 'thought 'I knew everything but actually knew nothing. That usually points to a career in politics.

I was getting good at working on Y blocks and re-built a 272 complete with¾ race cam. The best Y block I ever owned was out of a 1957 Monarch Turnpike Cruiser. By 1957 the 312 was improved enough that the rear seal didn't leak and even the automatic transmission real seal didn't leak. The 312 had the most horsepower and really spun the wheels of my '55 two door post.

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The Bill Wright 1956 Ford Crown Victoria

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I met Bill in the summer of 2017. I was acquainted with Kenny Frye and he knew I was looking to replace a ‘56 Crown I owned for over 30 years but had to sell it in 2007.

Kenny knew of Bill’s car and that it was NOT for sale but he got Bill’s phone number for me anyway. I called Bill and he invited me to come and see the car. I told him about the car I had and he said he had also owned his car for over 30 years. That first visit lasted over two hours and was not the last. We became friends, I visited Bill several times along with my two brothers, Rex and Robert.

We would go out for lunch and he would always have a side trip planned of places of interest around where he lived near Asheboro, North Carolina. In 2018 Bill was bitten by a tick and never fully recovered from the side effects. Bill told me if his health didn’t improve and the Crown was sold he wanted to sell it to me because having owned one he knew I would drive it, show it and take care of it, the same as he had. He sold the car to me in the Fall of 2018. My brothers and I continued to visit Bill for day trips into 2019. Then I got a call from Kenny telling me that Bill had died. News I did not want to hear.

Bill showed this car extensively and had seventy or more trophies, mostly from AACA sanctioned shows. Many of them were First Place Awards. The car has several AACA Badges, one being an “AACA Seniors National First Prize Winner”. Bill also attended two CVA conventions. One was in 1993 in Charlotte, North Carolina where he got a First Place in the ‘56 Steeltop Display Class. He also got a Third Place at the 2002 Convention in Roanoke, Virginia. I competed in an AACA Event after I purchased the car and got a First Place Award. When I called Bill and told him about it, his comment was “... that car is used to First Place”. I treasure this car and will always treasure the memories of the good times shared with Bill Wright.

Hugh Worrell
Sanford, North Carolina

 

 

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