My Classic Car: Tad’s 1963 Ford Fairlane 500

Tad Alberts spent 3 years restoring this 1963 Ford Fairlane 500 sports coupe | Tad Albert photo
Tad Alberts spent 3 years restoring this 1963 Ford Fairlane 500 sports coupe | Tad Albert photo

I traded one of my old snow plow trucks for this car, which I recently sold.

My friend saw it sitting for about 10 years when he would visit his family in Tennessee. After our trade, he trailered it up to Michigan for me and I took it apart down to just the shell.

I spent 3 years restoring it with a 302 Ford Motorsport crate engine, Holley, Edelbrock, Comp Cams, MSD, Headman, built C-4 with B&M shifter.

I also put on new quarters in it, new floors and patched the front fenders.

Other changes included 1998 Ford Escort bucket seats, Weld Racing wheels, Flowmasters with 2/12″ duals to the rear bumper.

The project cost $20,000, $8,000 of it in paint and body work.

No power steering, no A/C, drum brakes, but so much fun to cruise and show.

I go to the Woodward Dream Cruise every year. The car has won 2 peoples choice trophies.

 

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  1. My buddy saw it seated for about 10 years when he would check out his close relatives in Tn. After our business, he trailered it up to Mich for me and I took it apart down to just the spend.

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