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Bought Edsel May 29th. Will be trucked here from out of state in next week or two.

Originally had 332 with stick shift. Now has 292 2V with 3 speed Cruise-O-Matic. Is first I recall seeing Y-block with Cruise-O-Matic behind it. Test drove and shifts fine. Standard steering and brakes. Brakes are new.

Tires are new 8.50x14 bias ply. Likely switch to radials.

Paint, upholstery, glass are good.

Needs fix ups here-n-there typical of older cars. Though not extensive rebuild like the 59 Lincoln.
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VERY cool, Bill. Yes, Ford was putting Cruise-O-Matics behind Y-Blocks in the '59 Fairlane and Galaxie lines. Some COMs were two-speed transmissions. Many of those cars came with Mileage Maker Six engines.

I believe your Villager came out of Louisville ***'y Plt. That car was exactly what the 'old Man' wanted in every family's driveway. It's a pretty car and a great find.

BTW, if you plan on driving this car, it has Squarebird front spindles. You can do power front disk brakes, (like I did on the Galaxie). - Dave
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Thank you. Yes, I thought it was cool in an Edsel wagon kinda way. Was loaded on transport truck June 2nd. Likely arrive the 5th.

Left rear door don't lock and left blinkers don't work. Are some first things to get fixed.
Switch from single to dual exhaust too. 2.25 or 2.5 inch pipes.
Anyone know what years interior day/night mirror fits ?

Picture of data plate is attached.
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Bill that is way too cool and of course a must for a " road trip " with the family
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Bill, here is the breakdown of your VIN # and Data Plate.

http://vinmagic.com/1959-edsel-vin-d...%2C01E%2C1%2C3

Here is another link. The breakdown of the VIN# shown has a W shown for the motor. W = Motor (361 cid V8 w/ 4 bbl carb.)
But your VIN # starts with the letter B, and that means it had a V8 332 CID 2V .

http://www.edselmotors.com/decoders.html

One of these links says the letter T indicates it is a 6 Passenger Station Wagon, but the other one says that the 6 Passenger Station Wagon would be a 71E and a 71E is a 9 Passenger Station Wagon (if I got that right!) Yours is a 71F. There is a mix up on a couple of sites as to which is a 71E and a 71F. Here is a link that says the opposite and a website you might be able to put to good use. This site says the 71F (VIN Code T) is a 6 Passenger and the 71E (VIN Code V is the 9 Passenger. Your VIN Code is a T and your Body Style is a 71F (from what it appears to me), so yours is not a 9 Passenger, but a 6 Passenger Station Wagon, according to this website.

http://www.edsel.com/pages/edsel59.htm
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Thanks, and yes it is a 6 passenger.
The 292 has a 332 air cleaner housing. Indicative of it being original one planted on top of the swapped in 292.
Interior was gutted and painted red everywhere except for one oops. Lip metal that glove box screws into shows green. Confirming factory green paint. Rear inset area where backup lights are is red. Factory red & white two tones painted it white. Took me a bit of Edsel picture gazing to pick up on that. Actually I prefer it red (my tastes).

Arrived today. Drove home. Those bias tires are horrible. Have their own built in bumps. Goes to shop Thursday to start fixes and mods. Will get into doors to replace shot window channels and fix lock problems. While inside of doors are accessible, front doors get remote control locks.
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Gas tank has top side rust. Needs to be replaced.
After lots of phone call bouncing around, located a new tank.
Just aint demand for 59 wagon tanks.
Located weather strip for doors. Wagon lower & upper tailgate kits can't be found. Will try various generic weather strip pieces. Maybe 60s-70s wagons will work for part of stripping.
With carb rebuilt and Pertronics ignition, 292 runs fine.
Got door locks fixed. New tires (215/75/14) arrived.
Currently working on floor rust thru spots. Not extensive as on Lincoln.
BTW - know a source for parking light lens?
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Bill, I see you are giving the old girl a good work over. Check the Advertisements Forum for some of the companies that specialize in stocking and selling old OEM, NOS, or used parts. You might find something there.
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...BTW - know a source for parking light lens?
macsautoparts.com has amber lenses also try
http://www.edselworld.com/Parts.htm
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The new (at that time) Cruise-o-matic was only offered with the 332cid 2-brl & 352cid 4-brl engine options. The older, common 2-spd Ford-o-matic was the "base" automatic used for the 6-cyl & Y-block V-8's in 1958-60 Ford cars/wagons...

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