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Old 08-01-2021, 11:15 PM
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Default 56 Ford Fairlane hardtop.

I bought this '56 Ford Fairlane in the fall of 2020. It was finished and done nicely. There are a couple of things that I want to fix up that the seller couldn't find. I'm not complaining, because this car is very nice, inside and out.
There is a vibration in the driveline at over 80 kms or 50 miles per hour. I knew this when I test drove it, but I liked the car and I like diagnosing problems, [well, the ones that I can beat, anyway]. I tested the U-joints right away and found that wasn't the problem, but the slip yoke was fairly loose in the extension housing. So today I popped the seal out of the back of the transmission and proceeded to try and get that pesky bushing out. I made a few different tools and hammered, beat, pried and cursed until I got the old one out and then installed the new one easily. The slip yoke fits in the new bushing a way better. A downer is when I ordered the new bushing I also ordered a seal and you'd think that a good partsman would assume that they should be roughly the same size. Well, the bushing has an ID of one and a half inches and the seal won't fit over my little finger.
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Old 08-01-2021, 11:42 PM
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Your Fairlane is one sharp looking ride.
Frustrating when parts guys don't know parts....
I see it has the Overdrive tranny, I drove my brothers 56 Delivery to California in 1978, the OD was great on the highway, freewheeling on the down hills made it cheap on gas even with the 312.
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Old 08-02-2021, 12:56 AM
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beautiful car Mac
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Old 08-02-2021, 03:48 AM
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My favorite year of Ford
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Old 08-02-2021, 06:04 AM
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Location: Saskatchewan Can.
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One of the only Fords I really like.
My 29 Essex Build http://ratrodsrule.com/forum/showthread.php?t=34026

Don't give up, it's far too much fun once you can drive it.
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Old 08-02-2021, 07:19 AM
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I love those cars.
1947 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe
1982 Corvette Collectors Edition

If it don't shine, I don't want it on mine!
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