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Technical 1959 ford sunliner

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by normanpitkin, May 15, 2021.

  1. normanpitkin
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 33

    from london

    I am going to see a 59 ford sunliner galaxie with the three speed auto ,352 engine and all power options ,is there anything in particular to look out for ,any known weaknesses or faults in these? Thanks in advance for the help!
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  2. KandN Kustoms
    Joined: Dec 15, 2008
    Posts: 419

    KandN Kustoms

    Just check the usual spots for rust.... floors, rockers wheelwells.
    Also check the windshield gasket for large cracks cause that'll cause leaks to th interior.
    As far as engine and trany go.... that 352 isn't a bad motor, just heavy as hell.
    But I have heard some bad things about the 3spd trannies.
    If you pick it up you might consider swapping a c6 in there.
    Please let us know how it works out and, if you can POST PICTURES PLEASE!
    Good luck

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  3. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 10,279

    jimmy six

    First cruise-o-mastic were good and strong better a couple of lears later but no big deal. Look in the trunk at the bottom under where the top sat. Another place for rust from sitting water. Where is it located...
  4. normanpitkin
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 33

    from london

    Car is in the north of England and I am in the south! Car has been frame off restored in florida in 2011 but just wondered if there were any notorious weak areas to look at ,there isnt any rust on the car but its things like the power brake set up or the power steering that I worry about ,as the cost and availability of parts might be awful!
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  5. abe lugo
    Joined: Nov 8, 2002
    Posts: 2,532

    abe lugo

    If it’s the bellow type power brake setup. There is rebuild kit available. I would inspect the air intake grate just to see if that was cleaned up. And at the corners under the dash. Pretty much check if all the hard parts (trims, small pieces) are there seeing you are in the UK. Finding part will cost more in shipping.

    check to see if the rear qtr panels were repaired decently. From inside the trunk. Same for the trunk floor. Check the front floor from under. If it is power check to see if the windows work. Make sure the top works or all the parts are there.
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  6. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 15,481


    Factory power steering on a '59 is the type with a hydraulic ram in the steering linkage. If the ram gets pitted they leak, they're kind of an awkward setup but they work nice when everything is right.

    I would pay close attention to the header bow in the convertible top. They have a tendency to rust out, even on dry cars, and replacements are near impossible to get. Look at where the top covers it, tell-tale bumps and blisters under the top material are an indicator it's rusty under there or was repaired poorly.
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  7. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 27,729

    Jalopy Joker

    have always liked this model 20210515_123902.jpg
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  8. CME1
    Joined: Aug 10, 2010
    Posts: 215


    Yes, and the car looks pretty nice too!:rolleyes:
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  9. What @CME1 said.

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