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John J. Rynkiewicz
's 1965 Fairlane
· This was my very first car! I was in the U.S. Air Force stationed at George Air Force base in Southern Calif. I had just come back from a tour in Viet Nam in Mar of 1969. Upon getting my stateside assignment I was going to be married in Jul of 1969 and needed a vehicle. I checked on the base at the Dessert Federal Credit Union and they had a 1965 Ford Fairlane 2-door Hardtop for sale from one of it's members who was also stationed at the base. I decided to buy this 65 Ford Fairlane and then in April of 1969 took Annual Leave to attend our wedding shower back in Buffalo, NY. I would return in Jul to get married and then fly back to Victorville, CA with my new wife Patricia and our 65 Ford Fairlane was awaiting us. I have a few pics of the Ford that were taken in the Mojave Dessert in 1969.
This car has been with us since I was 21 years of age and I am now 63. It made the trek from Southern Ca in 1971 back to Buffalo, NY and then to Alburqueque, NM in Sep 1972 and then to Charleston, SC in 1973 and then back to Buffalo, NY in Oct 1974 where it has been ever since.
There was a time when I had a fire in my 3+ car garage and had fire damage to my 65 Ford Fairlane but all was restored and it's looking pretty sweet today, probably better than when I purchased it back in Mar of 1969. For the record, I have my receipt for the purchase of this 65 Ford Fairlane and all the numbers match.
It's kind of part of our family now and has seen many years of service and was a daily driver until being retired for winter months and the salt that is laid down in this NE area of Western, NY was a contributing factor in keeping it off the roads during the winter months. Even as a daily driver, I had more than one vehicle and would never let the Ford out or drive it in the winter months and I believe this is what prolonged it's existence.
The Trunk is solid as well as the rockers and fender wells. It was undercoated at one point but will most likely require a touchup to prohibit any future rusting due to condensation. It is stored in a cool dry garage.
A Proud Ford Owner in Lockport, NY
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