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Full-size Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury cars » 1961 Fairlane 500 Restoration » February 4, 2023 7:11 am

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Looking good. Where are you finding parts for your 61? Soon as I get the engine back in my Starliner I need to find a couple things.

Full-size Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury cars » Sending Unit Lock Ring » May 24, 2022 6:27 am

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Maybe try bending the ends of the lock ring so it fits tighter.

Full-size Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury cars » 1961 Fairlane 500 Restoration » October 5, 2021 6:12 am

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You sure are paying attention to all the details. Looking real good. When do you expect to get it back from the restoration shop?

Full-size Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury cars » 1961 Sunliner - Advice Needed » April 9, 2021 5:30 am

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I picked up a complete interior kit from Labarron Bonney a couple years ago for mine. Fit great and looks good. Problem is Labarron Bonney filed for bankruptcy about a year ago. You might try SMS industries for an interior. They are the supplier of materials for most all of car upholstery shops. Trouble is they are notoriously slow. If your not set on original patterns for your interior sometimes you can choose something close to speed things up. That's what I ended up doing because SMS dragged their feet over a year to supply one grain pattern for my seats. I ended up choosing the same color but a different grain for mine. Labarron Bonney finished it in a couple weeks. I can't tell the difference, it looks and fits great.

Full-size Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury cars » 1961 Sunliner - Advice Needed » March 15, 2021 6:34 am

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Just another thought on your Sunliner. A friend had a 60 Starliner that he installed a complete 63 Galaxie 500XL interior in it. Dash included. Don't know how difficult it was but it looked like a 63 Ford inside.
Yours being a Sunliner you may have to get convertible specific rear seat and quarter trim panels to look/work correctly.

Full-size Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury cars » 1961 Sunliner - Advice Needed » March 14, 2021 10:40 am

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Welcome to the forum. I picked up a 61 Starliner a few years and here's what I ran into with mine.  On the interior the PO made his own door and quarter trim panels. Best I can say about those is they covered to doors and they looked homemade. The seats he installed 65 (I think) Tbird bucket seats in front and a 64 Galaxie rear seat. Rear seat would have looked great but it was in poor condition. The buckets weren't very good either and they didn't fit the floor right. Had to make a shim to make both outside seat tracks fit right. My solution for the interior was purchase a new interior from Labarron/Bonney. Of course that required finding original seat frames for it. Fortunately a friend had a 61 in his collection i horse traded for some seats. You have to watch out what seats you find because there are different seat bottoms depending on how your floor is configured. Some have a flat front floor, others have front floor wells. I still have the incorrect rear seat bottom in mine. Mine now looks factory stock if you don't look too close. I'm not sure about swapping different year door panels and seats. PO made the rear seat of a 64 work but it was really tight when I disassembled it.
The engine/trans. Mine came with a 406, 3x2's, and a toploader 4sp. but currently gathering parts to make it a 427. Personally I would go with the 428. It's a bolt in. Trans, you could go with a C6 if you don't like to shift gears (clutch linkage is hard to find and $$). An early AOD would work with an adapter and a little fab work. I had a T5 in my 57 Ford and it was a blast to drive. I'm sure it will work in a Sunliner along with a toploader or a T10.
Do your research and ask questions here, I'm sure others can chime in with answers.

Full-size Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury cars » 9" Rear End Leak » February 3, 2021 6:50 am

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It's always a good idea to replace the copper washers on the studs.

Full-size Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury cars » wiring problem » December 30, 2020 4:53 am

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Go to oldcarmanualproject.com they show a list of older Ford wiring diagrams that might help you out.

Full-size Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury cars » Interior seat vinyl 1972 convertible » December 14, 2020 5:09 am

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Dennis Carpenter, Ecklers and Concours lists interior kits for different Galaxies. I got my interior from Lebanon Bonny, but I heard they closed. Problem is SMS supplies most all of the material for classic car interiors. I waited a year for SMS to run a vinyl color for my car. Finally got tired of waiting and had them use a pattern that was close to the original. I couldn't tell the difference when I was done. When I was looking for my interior I did a search that brought up some small car interior companies that offered original and custom vinyl fabric. Don't recall any names it's been a few years.

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