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1968 Ford Fairlane 500 Fastback 289 V-8 Cruise-O-Matic – Workshop Service & Repair Manual

YEAR 1968
MODEL Fairlane 6th generation (Mid-Size)
FUEL TYPE Gasoline (Petrol)

Discover the legacy of the 1968 Ford Fairlane 500 Fastback 289 V-8 Cruise-O-Matic with our meticulously crafted Workshop Service & Repair Manual.

Crafted exclusively for this iconic model, this manual is an indispensable companion for classic car enthusiasts and seasoned mechanics.

Highlighted Features:

  • Thorough Coverage: Comprehensive instructions cover every aspect of your Ford Fairlane, providing a deep understanding of the vehicle's mechanics, from the powerful V-8 engine to the sophisticated Cruise-O-Matic transmission and interior components.
  • Clear and Concise Guidance: Accompanied by lucid diagrams and illustrations, each step is elucidated with utmost clarity, ensuring even the most intricate repairs and maintenance tasks are comprehensible, facilitating smooth restoration endeavors.
  • Insights from Seasoned Professionals: Benefit from invaluable insights and tips from experienced technicians with extensive hands-on familiarity with classic Ford vehicles. These nuggets of wisdom will augment your efficacy and proficiency throughout repairs and refurbishments.
  • Electrical System Support: Navigate through detailed wiring diagrams and electrical system insights, enabling precise diagnosis and resolution of electrical maladies, thus preserving your Ford Fairlane's peak performance.



  • Engine Components & Diagnostics.
  • Fuel System.
  • Ignition System.
  • Exhaust System.
  • Transmission & Drivetrain.
  • Steering & Suspension.
  • Brakes & Traction Control.
  • Heating & Air Conditioning.
  • Electrical System.
  • Instrumentation & Warning Indicators.
  • Windows, Glass, and Wipers.
  • Lighting System.
  • Body & Frame.
  • Restraints & Safety Systems.


  • Fluid Checks & Replacements.
  • Filters & Belts.
  • Scheduled Service Intervals.
  • Tire Rotation & Replacement.
  • Brake Inspection & Service.
  • Battery Maintenance.
  • Cooling System Checks.
  • Routine Inspections for Optimal Performance.

Printable: Yes

Compatibility: Compatible with various electronic devices, including PCs, Macs, Android and Apple smartphones and tablets, and more.

Requirements: Adobe Reader, Foxit (free)

This Workshop Service and Repair Manual for the 1968 Ford Fairlane 500 Fastback 289 V-8 Cruise-O-Matic ensures you have the knowledge and guidance to maintain, diagnose, and repair your classic vehicle proficiently. It empowers you to tackle restoration projects confidently, regardless of your skill level.

  • How can I address transmission problems in my 1968 Ford Fairlane 500 Fastback equipped with Cruise-O-Matic transmission?

                  • Check Transmission Fluid: Ensure transmission fluid levels are adequate and of the correct type. Top up or replace fluid if necessary.
                  • Inspect for Leaks: Look for signs of transmission fluid leaks underneath the vehicle. Address any leaks promptly to prevent damage.
                  • Test Transmission Function: If you experience shifting difficulties or notice slipping gears, have the transmission inspected by a qualified mechanic.
                  • Perform Regular Maintenance: Follow manufacturer recommendations for transmission maintenance to prolong its lifespan.

                  The manual's transmission troubleshooting section suggests diagnosing and resolving Cruise-O-Matic transmission issues.

  • How can I troubleshoot ignition coil problems in my 1968 Ford Fairlane 500 Fastback?

        • Check Spark: Test for spark using a spark tester to ensure the ignition coil functions correctly.
        • Inspect Connections: Ensure all connections to the ignition coil are clean, tight, and corrosion-free.
        • Test Resistance: Use a multimeter to test the resistance of the ignition coil according to manufacturer specifications.
        • Replace Ignition Coil: If the ignition coil fails any tests, replace it with a new one.

        The manual includes instructions for testing and replacing the ignition coil in the manual's ignition system section.

  • How can I address valve train issues affecting the performance of my 1968 Ford Fairlane 500 Fastback?

          • Inspect Valve Clearance: Check and adjust valve clearances to ensure proper operation.
          • Test Valve Springs: Test valve springs for proper tension and replace if necessary.
          • Check Camshaft: Inspect the camshaft for wear or damage and replace if needed.
          • Perform Regular Valve Adjustments: Follow manufacturer recommendations for regular valve adjustments to maintain engine performance.

          Suggestion from the manual: The engine maintenance section guides inspecting and adjusting the valve train.

  • How can I troubleshoot vibrations or stalling when my 1968 Ford Fairlane 500 Fastback reaches elevated temperatures?

            • Check Cooling System: Ensure the system functions correctly and maintains optimal engine temperature.
            • Inspect Engine Components: Look for worn or damaged engine components that may be causing vibrations or stalling.
            • Test Ignition System: Check ignition components such as spark plugs, ignition wires, and distributor for proper function.
            • Address Carburetor Issues: Carburetor problems can cause running or stalling problems, especially when the engine is warm.

            Manual Suggestion: Refer to the troubleshooting section in the manual for guidance on diagnosing and resolving issues related to vibrations or stalling.
  • How can I address carburetor troubles in my 1968 Ford Fairlane 500 Fastback?

              • Clean Carburetor: Remove and clean the carburetor thoroughly, ensuring all passages are debris-free.
              • Adjust Carburetor Settings: Check carburetor settings such as idle mixture and speed according to manufacturer specifications.
              • Watch for wear or damage on carburetor components and replace them if necessary.
              • Consider Rebuild Kit: If the carburetor is heavily worn or damaged, consider using a rebuild kit to restore it to proper functioning.

              Carburetor Suggestion: The manual's carburetor section contains instructions for cleaning, adjusting, and rebuilding the carburetor.

  • How can I address cooling system concerns such as overheating tendencies in my 1968 Ford Fairlane 500 Fastback?

                • Check Coolant Levels: Ensure coolant levels are adequate and the coolant is clean and free of debris.
                • Inspect Radiator: Look for signs of damage or corrosion on the radiator and have it repaired or replaced if necessary.
                • Test The Thermostat: To ensure it is opening and closing correctly.
                • Check Water Pump: Inspect the water pump for leaks or signs of wear and replace if necessary.

                Manual recommendation: The manual's cooling system maintenance section guides inspecting and maintaining cooling system components.

It’s important to note that addressing these issues promptly and with the assistance of a qualified mechanic can help maintain the performance and safety of the 1968 Ford Fairlane 500 Fastback 289 V-8 Cruise-O-Matic.



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1968 Ford Fairlane 500 Fastback 289 V-8 Cruise-O-Matic – Workshop Service & Repair Manual


YEAR 1968
MODEL Fairlane 6th generation (Mid-Size)
FUEL TYPE Gasoline (Petrol)
File Format: pdf
SKU: NXT-Ford (USA)-668 Brand: Tag: