UPDATE 3/14/17 – Mike has decided to drop his asking price to $2,900!
FROM 2/18/17 – Well now this was an interesting use of the Ford Skyliner’s massive trunk. Sure, you could store all of this junk inside the trunk, but throwing it on top is so much easier and more convenient. This poor Fairlane is in pretty rough shape after spend 30 years parked in this barn, but thankfully reader Michael A cleaned it off and got it out of the barn. It’s going to need a ton of work and he just doesn’t have time for it, so he’s decided to see if any of you would like to have it. It can be found in Purchase, New York with a
$4,999 $2,900 asking price. You can contact him using the form below if you’re interested.
With it out of the barn, you can see better see the condition its in. It’s definitely going to need a ton of work, but I actually think it has an interesting look to it as it is. My biggest concern is rust, as it’s been in New York for the majority, if not all, of its life. While a little surface rust can be easily dealt with, serious decay is a different story. If the structural integrity hasn’t been compromised, I think it would actually make for one heck of a ratty runner!
There were 3 engine options available in the Fairlane 500 Skyliner for ’57, a 292 cui V8 and two trim levels of the 312 cui V8. Mike didn’t say which engine this one has, but given the 2 barrel carb, I’m going to assume it’s the 292. With 212 horsepower on tap, it should offer plenty of power. It looks a bit rough, but he assures us that it turns freely. He hasn’t tried starting it though, so it’s hard to say what it will take to get it running again.
As I’ve been looking this Ford over, I’ve been asking myself what I would do with it if it were mine and here’s what I’ve come up with. First off, I’d get the engine running, the drivetrain serviced and the brakes rebuilt. Then I’d tackle the interior, as it’s probably one of the worst parts of the car. You don’t want to catch a nasty disease just driving your car. So I’d clean it out, redo the seats and replace anything that’s decayed or been chewed on by wildlife.
Ford only built 20k of these Skyliners, so this car might actually be worth fully restoring. Personally, I don’t have the funds to do it all at once, so I would rather make it safe to drive and restore it as funds and time became available. The hope would be to then one day finish it off with a proper paint job, but I would get as much enjoyment as I could before taking that plunge. Plus, think of the kind of reactions you’d get rolling up in it looking all rough and barn fresh. So, now that I’ve got your imaginations running, what would you do with it? Special thanks to Michael for listing with us and we hope he finds a good home for it. Please use the form below to contact him if you’re interested.