Doug H 1960 Meteor Rideau 2dr Sedan

The Triplets

I've always liked the 1960 full-sized Fords, which is understandable as we both entered this world together in October 1959. I remember that growing up in the '60s that our neighbor had a Galaxie Town Sedan that looked so low and sleek, unlike any Ford before it. And those horizontal "fins" were a work of art. I always thought it would be cool to own one, but never thought I would end up with what I found.

I also had a love for Edsels and found a solid, but tired 1960 Edsel Ranger 4 door sedan in 1996 that needed a cosmetic restoration. Over the years, restoration was completed to the point that she's now an award winning show car. But one Sunday in 2001, I was driving through town and out of the corner of my eye, I saw what looked like my Edsel parked at a repair shop. It was red and white and the same shape as my Edsel, but I knew that she was safely parked in my garage. I quickly turned around to find out what I had seen. Parked out front of the shop was an identical cousin, a red and white 1960 Fairlane 500 4 door sedan that looked pretty original and solid.

I left a note under the windshield wiper with my contact information, which was passed along to the owner, who contacted me. He told me that he used the Ford as a daily driver and that it replaced a '59 Chevy Bel Air that was totaled in an accident. We became friendly over the years and in 2006, he asked me if I wanted to buy his car. Over the years his family had grown and he had bought a newer, more family friendly daily driver. The Fairlane 500 had been parked outside under a tree for several years and the original paint was now faded and rust developed in a few spots. In addition, the windshield and rear window seals leaked, making the interior a moldy mess. He wasn't asking much, so I decided a rescue mission was in order. I now owned identical twins! Since then, I've been gathering parts to complete the restoration, which will be a long term project.

Now, you'd think that a guy in my situation would be satisfied with what he had, but I still yearned for the final piece of the puzzle, a Canadian Meteor. I had known of the existence of the Canadian Meteor, but living in the US, I'd never actually seen one in person. Finding one was just a dream for me, until I was tipped off that there was one for sale on an online auction in 2007. I found the listing and saw a very solid Rideau 2 door sedan. I contacted the owner in the Montreal area and we had may conversations about the car. About a week later, I was surprised to learn I had won the auction. I now owned all three variations of the basic 1960 body shell. After a delay of seven years, the restoration of my Meteor has finally begun and I can't wait to see the day that I can finally show my triplets together.

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