Dataplate specifications
Pacer, 2-door hardtop, Sunset Coral with Snow White
Coral cloth/white vinyl interior

361cid E-400 V8, Teletouch automatic transmission, 2.91:1 axle ratio
Edsel number 703451 manufactured in San Jose, CA on October 17, 1957

Information as of:  October 2011

Owner:   unknown (online auction car)
Location:   Salem, Oregon
Owned since:   unknown

Mileage:   62,826
Condition:   Drives well, needs some restoration
Originality:   Repainted roof (originally white)

Accessories included:   Radio, Wheel Covers, Tinted Glass, Two-tone Paint, Front & Rear Bumper Guards, Hooded Side Mirror, Back-up Lights

True barn find.  It appears to have been sold new at Masterson's Edsel in Ventura, CA.  From what history I have come up with it came to Western Oregon around 1965.  Previous owner had a fuel line split which caused the distributor wires and carb to burn so he put it in a friend's barn until he could fix it... about 20 years ago.
I replaced the carb and plug wires and a few primary wires, pulled the plugs and oiled up the cylinders, made a temp fuel supply and it fired right up.  Lifters settled back in and engine sounds good.  Fuel tank has been replaced with a good clean 1957 Ford unit.  The windshield has very small ding toward upper side, otherwise near perfect.

BRAKES:  All new master and wheel cylinders, shoes and hardware, 3 hoses and the self adjusters.  Hubs and bearings all cleaned out and repacked with new seals.  Rear axle seals replaced.  All backing plates pulled, blasted and repainted.  Note, only one drum needed a slight turning and all were still standard which gives credance to the 62K miles which was also confirmed by the previous owner.  System was flushed and filled with DOT 5 silicon fluid so no matter how long you own it they will always be like new!

DRIVETRAIN:  Original 361 E400.  Runs very well and only has a very small leak at the rear main seal.  Transmission works well along with the electric switching gear.  The contact on the 'D' button does not work at times but using 'L' it engages right now and then hitting D it upshifts to 2nd and then 3rd.  Starts out fine from the next stop.  Reverse is right now and no slipping.  Front seal leaks from sitting so long.

TIRES:  They hold air, but will need to be replaced.  No spare or jack.

BODY:  Very straight from any angle.  Can't see any evidence of collision damage ever.  Slight scrape and dent just in front of rear bumper at the 1/4 panel on right side.  Small rust hole on both front fenders at lower end.  Doors and 1/4 solid and inside of 1/4's is also solid.  Rockers are also solid in and out with a small hole under the sill plate on left about the size of a nickel.  Left rear footwell has a few very small holes, front floors are good.  Spare tire well still has paint in it!  The right 1/4 upper molding is bent and the left upper 1/4 mldg along with the left rocker molding are loose from rusted clips and will be inside the car during shipping.  Pass side door glass is broken.  Please note the excellent fit of the door glass to 1/4 window.  This is the same on both sides along with fenders to door fit!  The trunk tension rods do not hold up the lid.  I am told that this is not uncommon and might be a piece also used on 58 Fords.  I also have the original keys.  The two primered areas on the right side show no evidence af any body work so I can't really say why.

STEERING AND SUSPENION:  All is tight and the upper and lower control arm bushings are in good condition.  The idler arm is getting loose and should be replaced.  Rear end is original and quiet.

EXHAUST:  The exhaust pipes and both mufflers look to be from the factory and are still ok.  Tail pipes are long gone.  Actually sounds pretty good!

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