1964 FAIRLANE 500
THUNDERBOLT
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1964.....Lightweight Ford Fairlanes terrorized the super stock ranks in drag racing across the country. These
machines were specially-built, limited-production machines created to dominate Super Stock drag racing.
"Total Performance" was alive and well in Dearborn! Ford contracted Dearborn Steel and Tube Company to
build these racing machines designed solely for quarter mile competition.
In total, DTS built 100 cars, but the first and second production runs of 11 and 39 cars were most significant
as they qualified the potent Thunderbolts for competition in the Super Stock and Super Stock/Automatic
classes.
The steel front bumper, fenders and rear bumper were replaced with fiberglass replicas. NHRA rules
mandated a change to aluminum bumpers. The 427 V-8 was equipped with dual Holley four barrel carbs,
High-Rise cylinder heads and aluminum intake manifold. Quoted at 425 hp., the actual output was nearly
500!
The Thunderbolts were capable of blasting through the quarter mile in 11.76 seconds at speeds in excess of
122 miles per hour! Not bad in 1964.
There are still some of these awesome machines around in the hands of collectors. Some still race them at
nostalgia drag racing events around the country.
I added plug wires with the correct firing order (15426378) and fuel lines. Drilled out the vents in hood
bubble. The kit included two different style wheels. Keystone and another I can't identify. I used the
Keystone wheels and the tires included in the kit. Exterior is finished with Model Master Ruby Red Metal
Flake, sanded and polished. The engine block was finished with authentic Ford Blue. Bare Metal Foil was
used on all chrome trim on exterior and interior. Bumpers were stripped, all defects repaired and painted
silver.