|1966 FORD FAIRLANE 500
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The mid sixties were the heyday for muscle cars. While the '64 Ford FAIRLANE Thunderbolts gained fame
at the drag strip. Rule changes from NHRA put the special T-Bolt Fairlanes on the trailer. Ford was not to
be left out and in '66, a whole new "secret" drag racing FAIRLANE was made available to select dealers. The
top of the line FAIRLANE GT/As came with the 390 cu. in., 315 hp. four barrel V-8, the 427 FAIRLANE
came with just that. A dual quad high riser 427 V-8.
A base line FAIRLANE 500 with bench seats, plain-Jane interior, steel wheels with dog dish hub caps and
other base line features. Different, however,were the fiberglass hood with huge hood scoop, and four hold
down pins and no hood hinges, wide black wall tires, dual exhaust, and close ratio four-speed manual
transmission. The 427 FAIRLANE came in only one color, Whimbleton White.
Only 500 of these Fairlanes were produced in '66 and most of them spent their life on drag strips. A few
survive today as collector pieces and represent the epitome of what a muscle car is, a big engine in a light
car. A very good way to go faster, and that's what it was all about.
I added plug wires with the correct firing order (15426378), fuel lines, battery cables and battery holddowns.
The Keystone wheels and Goodyears are from an MRC hop-up wheel set. Yes, I added Detail Master hood
pins, wire and clips. Exterior is finished with authentic Whimbleton White from MCW Automotive Finishes,
sanded and polished. The engine block was finished with authentic Ford Engine Blue from Model Master.
Bare Metal Foil was used on all exterior and interior chrome trim. Bumpers, valve covers and air cleaner
were stripped, all defects repaired and replated.
I remember going to the drag races on the weekends and seeing all the big name New York Ford dealers
racing these. What an awesome sight and sound! One I shall never forget.
|Rats! I chipped the rear edge
of the hood while removing it
for the photos.