Mustang & Fords
Editor's Choice Award
Tony Evens, Powder Springs, Georgia
'67 Fairlane 50
Over the last year or so, we've seen Tony's wicked Fairlane at several Florida and Georgia events and have always admired the car's stance, looks, and of course, that huge blown Boss 429 powerplant under the hood. When you see a car like this at a show, well, the engine alone is enough to stop a 5-year-old-or a 65-year-old-dead in his or her tracks, mouth agape. If you want attention and like answering the same questions over and over again at every event you attend with your ride, then build something like this.
Tony built the Boss 429 engine himself, but the 429ci displacement apparently wasn't enough for him, as he poked and stroked the big-block to a massive 540 cubes. Closing in on 600 ci, the Fairlane would surely be able to get out of its own way, but Tony didn't want to take any chances and slapped a BDS 8-71 supercharger onto the Boss-9 engine. Of course "slapped" is used loosely here, as it took a custom, owner-modified Weiand intake to mate the two (because Boss speed parts don't grow on trees, ya' know). Atop the blower is a deuce of 1050 Holley Dominators doing their best to keep those huge holes filled with the proper air/fuel mixture.
To fit the bad-to-the-bone big-block between the towers, Tony converted to a Mustang II-style front-suspension setup with coilover shocks to adjust ride height. Out back, a ladder bar-style four-link helps the 9-inch hook when the 4:11 gears try to turn the Nitto 555R Drag Radials into patches of rubber dust. The Wimbledon White beauty certainly has it all-beauty and brawn. This is one Fairlane we wouldn't want to see in the rearview mirror.
Tony cleaned up at the Laurel Mountain All-Ford Auto Show with awards on Saturday for Top 20 Ford, First Place in Best Ford Muscle Classic, a Director's Choice award, Best Engine award, and of course, our own Editor's Choice award. On Sunday, he received another Top 20 Ford award, as well as one for Best Race Car & Pro Street.