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66 427 Ford Fairlane Hardtop


Hi, my name is Rich Toss, I am building a 66 Fairlane for the FAST series, I have had the car now for a bit, the engine is being built now, and i have been searching for all of the parts needed to restore and modify the car, I found a one owner, all original big block 390 2v , 3 speed on the column, manual steering, manual brakes, no ac, bench seat car, 2 door hardtop, never wrecked, nor ever taken apart, no rust in the unibody, so its in pieces now, being worked on, I am in Tinton Falls, NJ, and i found the car on Ebay, in Hickory , NC, in a field, I called the owner, he said it needs a full restoration, but not a rust bucket, so I left on friday nite at midnite, drove straight thru, pulled it out of the field with his tractor, and drove back to NJ, with it on my car trailer, the hardest thing so far, is finding trim, missing parts, short of engine building, and paint and bodywork, I am doing all of the rest, I,ll post later the pics of it in the field, and work as it progress,s, Talk soon, Rich
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Welcome aboard Richard! emoticon.

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So, you are doing the car as a 390 or 427? Curious to see those pictures when you get them.

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Hi, its being done as a 427-8V , thats why i looked for a factory big block car, that was a fairlane hardtop, its going to be painted in the original paint code, candy apple red, with a red interior
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Richard's FAST Fairlane project as it arrived back home.

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Another angle. Car looks pretty straight and not too rusty. It will look great painted red with a red gut.

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Hi, updates on the Fairlane, No. one, and most important, got a standard bore virgin 427 block, found it in Boston, Mass., went and picked it up, as shipping it, was out of control, and I wanted to see it first No. two, found on ebay a cherry set of MR427 cyl heads, that never had any work done to them, not ported at all, no valve job, and never resurfaced, and no cracks from the sparkplug threads to exhaust valve seats, which is real common for these heads, found alot of interior chrome trim and decided to change the interior color to black, as I found a near new black steering wheel, and horn ring, all complete, also got the headlight doors and tailight housing back, after being restored, and taking apart the front end, one of the strut rods, its threads was wrecked, and found a super nice set on ebay, which handles that issue, No. 3, I now have the correct 427 exhaust manifolds, so the major engine parts that has been holding me up, is now gone, after stripping the interior, and media blasting the floorpans, had to replace the left front only, as the rest of the floorpans are perfect, its been slow going, as most parts, have come from endless hours on ebay, I also now have the subframe connectors, and a 6 point chrome moly roll bar for it, and other crazy things were needed such as both front bench seat tracks, mine were frozen, in place, since the orginal owner ajusted the seat in 1966 and never moved it, if it wasnt for ebay, i would have never found so many needed parts for this car, as there is none around here in any salvage yards in NJ, I found a few guy,s here in NJ that have parts, either its not what I am looking for, Or I am not willing to sell any of my body parts to get them, so we keep making steady progress to get it done, talk soon, Rich
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This sounds like a very cool project and I cant wait to see more pics as you go. Is there a predicted date of completion/debut?
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Hi Kent G, here is where I stand, I already had a Genesis cast iron 427 block, and a billet crank, that would have made it a 527 cubic inch motor, but when I found out, that I had to have a factory block, that caused me to rethink which way to go, as I want to be 100% legal period, since I now have the correct block, I am having it sonic checked for core shift now, then it will be bored the very minimum to use it, as I want to keep the cyl walls, as thick as possible, so now, its either going to be a 482 or 496 CI , depending on the block, this is the biggest problem, with running Fords, big or small block, as Ford insisted on using thinwall castings, If it was a average 454 Chevy big block, I could go .060 without breaking a sweat, to build a big motor, This is what keeps Ford guy,s out of the game, as there is so few usable 427 FE blocks, and if You deal with these so called Ford parts guy,s, I am not willing to pay for their kids to go to college, just to get a engine block,I know there is no free ride, but I need to be realistic too, as I am self-employed, I cannot begin to tell you , I went and saw blocks .030 over already, sleeved, or worse, was raced , and blown up, and repaired, none which would last to make the power I need, its the price of being a Ford guy!!!!!
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As in the car being done, and ready to race, possible end of this year, but more like start of next season, depending upon the weather here, we had so much snow here this winter, I could not get into my shop, for a month, plus i need a enclosed trailer for it, I have a open, and a E-350 van to tow, so my Harley VROD is going to go, this summer, to get the trailer, which I would rather have anyway!!!
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