Kevin DiOssi
June 1, 2013

To power this menacing machine, Performance Unlimited out of Freehold, New Jersey, was enlisted to supply an über-reliable big-block. Starting with a fully machined 460 block, a set of Speed-Pro pistons attached to Eagle H-beam rods held together by ARP hardware are slung around by a forged Eagle crankshaft. The balanced rotating assembly is enhanced with a set of hydraulic rollers, a custom ground camshaft, and a set of Edelbrock heads that could inhale a small child. Final displacement is a monstrous 521 cubic inches, and each engine is dyno-proven to 575 hp before leaving the facility. Sure enough, because P.J. and his crew can't leave anything alone, the engine arrived at Chimera Customs and was quickly enhanced with a custom Hogan's intake manifold and Quick Fuel 750-cfm carburetor. The cherry on top is a set of valve covers and air cleaner made by Chimera to complete the look and sinister theme.

Finally, the suspension was the last project to tackle. Up front, RideTech tubular strong arms with a Shockwave system give the car almost limitless ride adjustment and modern road characteristics. To take it a step further, Chimera also converted the car to rack-and-pinion steering. The rear suspension was a little more difficult to get everything to work correctly.

"We had to convert the car to a custom four-link setup and use a double-adjustable Strange coilover as a helper setup for the air bags," explained P.J. As a result, the car can be driven at full drop, though it's not suggested.

Inside, the attention to detail continued as Jeff was looking to reuse the classic interior appointments, but allow the use of modern electronics and creature comforts

It goes without saying that the Continental isn't the skinniest gal at the dance, so a set of 13-inch Baer rotors and six-piston calipers colored in custom Vista Blue slow things down with great effect. The big binders are shrouded by black 22-inch Forgiato wheels wearing Pirelli tires, and the staggered fitment is an 8.5-inch front and 11.5-inch pairing.

Approximately a year-and-a-half later, the car was done. Jeff cruises it regularly and P.J. uses the Lincoln as a billboard for what his shop is capable of bringing to the plate. If you see this thing in your rearview mirror, it instantly sends a shiver up your spine and you think you're being chased. It oozes evil, and the big-block Ford sounds erupting from the Flowmaster exhaust are enough to scare anyone within ear shot. So if you think you have nothing to fear, it's because you haven't encountered Jeff's Lincoln.

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The Details

Jeff Faine's '64 Lincoln Continental
Ford 385-Series Big-Block, 521 ci
460 cast-iron block
4.390-inch bore
4.300-inch stroke
Eagle forged steel crankshaft and H-beam connecting rods
Speed-Pro forged pistons
Edelbrock aluminum cylinder heads
Custom hydraulic roller camshaft
Hogans Racing Manifolds sheetmetal intake manifold
Quick Fuel Technology Q-Series 750-cfm carburetor
Bodley Racing South mild steel headers, 17⁄8-inch primaries, 3-inch collectors
21⁄2-inch dual exhaust
Flowmaster mufflers
C6 three-speed automatic built by TransAreUs (Palm Harbor, FL)
Ford 9-inch
Detroit Trutrac differential
Strange Engineering 3.73 gears
35-spline axles
Front: RideTech StrongArm tubular control arms, RideTech Shockwave air springs, rack-and-pinion steering
Rear: Custom four-link, RideTech air bags, Strange Engineering double adjustable coilovers
Front: Baer disc, six-piston calipers, 13-inch rotors
Rear: Baer disc, six-piston calipers, 13-inch rotors
Front: Forgiato Otto, 22x8.5
Rear: Forgiato Otto, 22x11.5
Front: Pirelli P-Zero Nero, P265/30ZR22
Rear: Pirelli P-Zero Nero, P315/25ZR22
Leather upholstery by Chimera Customs/Lance's Tops, Mercedes wool carpet, Auto Meter Cobalt-series digital gauges, Kenwood head unit, JL Audio amplifiers and speakers, custom wire harness, RideTech digital controls, modified factory door panels for speaker enclosures, modified seat tracks to accommodate modified transmission tunnel
PPG black basecoat/clearcoat, smoothed firewall and inner fenders, stretched and raised transmission tunnel