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mikey
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From: Mineral, VA USA
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posted 07-06-2005 09:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikey   Click Here to Email mikey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi to all. I have a 65 Fairlane Sports Coupe - all original (except for dual exhaust and custom wheels and chrome air cleaner). It has power steering, power drum brakes, and Ford A/C that blows cold!

I plan to do light customizations but keep the drive train factory.

My most urgent need is to find info about how to get parts for the 65 Fairlanes. They seem to be a bit unique!

I need to find a power brake booster and master cylinder for it or at least find a reputable rebuilder.

I look forward to hearing from anyone that has a 65 Fairlane!

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65frlane
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posted 07-06-2005 11:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65frlane   Click Here to Email 65frlane     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome.I too have a 65 Sport Coupe and love it ! Yes they are a 1 year only model which I think makes them very cool. Hot Rod, custom, Drag car it lends itself to all of it. Go to Napa or Autozone. You would be surprised how much stuff is still available. Restoration E bay Dearborn Classics, Obsolete Ford parts

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johnny 4-speed
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From: Larkspur, Ca. USA
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posted 07-06-2005 01:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for johnny 4-speed   Click Here to Email johnny 4-speed     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi, Mikey! I also have a 65 Fairlane. You're right about how hard it can be to find parts for our cars. But how great is it to have a car as unique as ours? It does make for more of a challenge for anyone trying to hot rod one of these rare beauties. I have found parts availible from Autocrafters, Dennis Carpenter, Dearborn Classics, and Crites Restoration. (get their catalogs) Between all of these places, you can usually find what you're looking for. Good luck on your brake project. Let us know how it turns out! JD

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mikey
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posted 07-06-2005 02:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikey   Click Here to Email mikey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow. I am shocked. I went to Autozone and they actually have stuff.

On the Booster, they ask with or without Clamp Band.

What is a Clamp Band? Do you know how I would recognize it?

Thanks in advance.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 07-06-2005 06:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They are talking about how some of the boosters have a band clamp holding the two halves together while the others are crimped together.

Welcome to M&M.

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mikey
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posted 07-07-2005 11:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikey   Click Here to Email mikey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve - Thanks - Autozone lists a Cardone unit - but apparently discontinued. I called Autokrafters (thanks to finding them via this post) and they can rebuild - just takes 6 - 8 weeks! Yikes!

Thanks again

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 07-08-2005 07:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's an example of a booster with a band clamp:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=7980340519&category=42605

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Phord
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posted 07-18-2005 06:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Phord   Click Here to Email Phord     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mikey, Have you tried Pep Boys. They can special order all kinds of Raybestos and Bendix stuff.

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mikey
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posted 07-19-2005 10:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikey   Click Here to Email mikey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the Pep Boys tip. I have had some luck at Autozone.com.

Here's the latest on my brake issues on the 65 Fairlane.

I found a locked up wheel cylinder on the drivers side front. So, before I go any further, I think I am going to replace all the wheel cylinders. Apparently the front wheel cylinder bore came in two sizes - 1 and 1/16 and 1 and 1/8th inches. So, I now need to get back into the garage this weekend, remove the thing, and somehow measure the bore. Based on that, I'll order rebuilt ones from Autozone. If they dont have em, I'll try Pep Boys.

Thanks. I'll keep you all posted.

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mikey
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posted 09-13-2005 04:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikey   Click Here to Email mikey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow - lots to update everyone on here. Since the last post, I replaced all the wheel cylinders and while the brakes were better, the pedal was still quite hard. So, I pulled the booster and sent it off to Alretta Truck Parts, Inc. in Sherborn MA. From here, it went to Cardone for a rebuild. Must be an extremely rare unit -- it cost $450 to get the thing redone! I was shocked and so was Geoff - the guy at Alretta. The booster is due back tomorrow via UPS and I will put it back on this weekend. Anyway, if you have power brakes on a 65 Fairlane - watch your booster - it is quite valuable and rarer than hens teeth!

For what it is worth, i also replace the shocks front and rear. Here's the part numbers I used and all seems to be working well since it sure rides a lot better!

Front - Monroe 31069
Rear - Gabriel Ultra 69675

I also changed out front wheel bearings so let me know if anyone needs those numbers as well.

I have also gotten new rear leaf springs and associated hardware - but I probably wont get to those till winter sets in.

My best to all -- looking forward to getting my 65 FCS on the road soon!

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Mikey

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