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Adventures in Mom’s ’57 Ford Fairlane 500 “Thunderbird Special”

Why is that car behind me flashing its brights? Flash, flash, flash! I’m cruising in the third lane (of four) on my side of an eight-lane suburban highway. Should I move over? There’s plenty of room to pass. Flash, flash, flash! What does he want?


Is he a cop? Is he pulling me over? This could mean jail! And no driving ‘till I’m 21… my dad’s dire warning if he ever caught me driving before I was legal. I had my own keys to Mom’s super-cool ’57 Ford Fairlane 500 convertible, and he knew that I knew how to drive it. Read the full article on

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My dad sold Fords in the Birmingham, Royal Oak, Ferndale , Michigan for over 50 years. Of all the cars he brought home, I only Joy Rided one. A 1964 Galaxy 500 XL Convertible, 427 4 Speed. 
After my 67 Fairlane GT is finished, and I’m not divorced over it. I would like to work on a 64  Convert  Terry 67 GT