Doug Wolfe's 68 Fairlane 500
· I live in Des Moines, Iowa. I am 38 years old. I've been a fan of the
Fairlanes and Galaxies since I saw a 67 Galaxie rusting in a yard near my
childhood home when I was 16 years old. He wouldn't sell it. Said he had
plans to restore it, but I bet it's still sitting there. I guess you
could say I've been trying to make up for missing that one all these
years. My first was a 67 galaxe 500, then a 64 galaxie convertible, and
now my 68 Fairlane 500. I bought the Fairlane about three years ago from
a guy near Osceola, Iowa. I believe it's been in Iowa it's whole life.
The previous owner replaced the quarters and rebuilt the engine. It has a
302, pretty much bone stock and a C4 automatic transmission. The best
thing about this car is the way it runs and drives. I drive it just about
every day three seasons a year, but we see lots of snow and ice here in
Iowa, so the Fairlane stays in the garage in winter. When spring comes,
she fires up with no problem. In the three years I've had the car, I
haven't had a mechanical problem to speak of. I've painted the car the
metallic green base/clear coat you see in the pictures. This is the first
car I've painted and I must say it turned out pretty good....eventually.
My wife likes to insert into my story that I have painted it two or three
times to get it right, which is actually true. The wheels are 15 inch
period correct Cragars with white letter tires. I thought about
converting to disc, but the drum brakes really do fine. Power steering is
great. The black interior is original with the exception of the carpet.
I have just loved this old car. You know, I like the old mustang's too,
but dollar for dollar, you have to go with a Fairlane. They're every bit
as cool and as evidenced by my car (if I do say so myself), you can spend
5 grand or so and have a pretty sweet ride. Buy a 5 thousand dollar
mustang or camaro and you'll spend your weekends fixing cancer in the
floor and trunk. For me, weekend are for driving my 68 Fairlane around
town and to the old car nights at the burger joints. My kids enjoy the
looks and "thumbs up" from people as we pass by, and I expect someday at
least one of them will share my passion for old cars. I can definitely
see my daughter in 1969 Fairlane Cobra. Of course she'd let dad take it
out every now and then.
Your website is fantastic. Thanks for all you do to support the car hobby
and especially for appreciating the supreme coolness of the Ford Fairlane.