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    Hi Guys,
    I recently acquired a Ford Fairlane 500 with 289ci V8.
    As owner says its 1971 but is still trying to find paperwork, I am uncertain what year it really the vehicle is.
    It is South African build, RHD version.
    VIN plate is there, but its normal that American VIN decoding doesn't work as it wasn't built there.
    Big puzzle for me is this.
    All Fairlanes that I seen in the past and know of have been unibody construction.
    American and Australian again are unibody.
    Taillights on my car are very similar to Galaxy and not wraparound as most Failrlanes locally.
    Its body on frame design, it has drums all round.
    Wraparound front bumper rather then straingh piece as on most.
    American 1967 is very similar, but not the same.
    Australian 1969 - 1970 similar but not the same, again Unibody.
    I can not find nothing on South African build models.
    I need to order spares and windshield, but I need to be certain for what body I am ordering for.
    Please if anyone can enlighten me on the history of South African models it would be greatly appreciated.
    I will try and load a pic from the car.
    Thank you
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    That looks more like a 1967 Ford Galaxie. Check out the link

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Galaxie
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    There is a guy in Amanzimtoti who specialize in these and have a ton of spares:
    Rassie: 082-202-2818
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueAlp View Post
    That looks more like a 1967 Ford Galaxie. Check out the link

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Galaxie
    Thanks on your prompt reply,
    Yes, as screenshot that I attached front is exactly the same.
    Mine on front fenders says Custom 500 and on rear quarter panel Fairlane.
    So confusing.
    Mmaybe that's what "Custom" stands for.
    They customized it 😁
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monster View Post
    There is a guy in Amanzimtoti who specialize in these and have a ton of spares:
    Rassie: 082-202-2818
    Thanks, will definitely give him a call.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingswood View Post
    Hi Guys,
    I recently acquired a Ford Fairlane 500 with 289ci V8.
    As owner says its 1971 but is still trying to find paperwork, I am uncertain what year it really the vehicle is.
    It is South African build, RHD version.
    VIN plate is there, but its normal that American VIN decoding doesn't work as it wasn't built there.
    Big puzzle for me is this.
    All Fairlanes that I seen in the past and know of have been unibody construction.
    American and Australian again are unibody.
    Taillights on my car are very similar to Galaxy and not wraparound as most Failrlanes locally.
    Its body on frame design, it has drums all round.
    Wraparound front bumper rather then straingh piece as on most.
    American 1967 is very similar, but not the same.
    Australian 1969 - 1970 similar but not the same, again Unibody.
    I can not find nothing on South African build models.
    I need to order spares and windshield, but I need to be certain for what body I am ordering for.
    Please if anyone can enlighten me on the history of South African models it would be greatly appreciated.
    I will try and load a pic from the car.
    Thank you
    Heres the link for the Fairlanes

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Fairlane_(Americas)

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    I would love to be able to tell my stories about the 500 from 1972/3.

    My wife will divorce me.
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    My first drive .. Bakerville to Lichtenburg .. mom posing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaitshi Gubib View Post
    My first drive .. Bakerville to Lichtenburg .. mom posing.
    Nice, that rear chrome trim reminds me of Rocket 88.

    Those must have been different times......

    Sadly very few of these classics are left now days.

    My Father-in-law purchased these two from the same owner.
    Red car is Buick 1959 with 401 Nailhead V8.
    Mostly complete and glass intact.
    Car in the shed is Chevrolet Brookwood 1958.
    There is no engine and transmission, but I have spare 350 Vortec that I am keeping for a project. we
    Buick we collected, but we need to go and fetch the Chev.

    Crazy amount of work is awaiting us, but hay life is short and we must do what we love.
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    Awesome find, please keep us updated on the restoration,s of these beauties
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaitshi Gubib View Post
    My first drive .. Bakerville to Lichtenburg .. mom posing.
    1953/4 Ford.
    My dad had one of those (side-valve V8 ).
    After that came a 1956 Ford V8 with overhead valves!
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    1953 yes.

    Steering wheel hooter 'button' .. 1903-1953 - Ford 50th anniversary.
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    ... pic of the hooter.
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