Kevin DiOssi
June 1, 2013

You must admit there are things that frighten us, and to say that this car looks evil would be an understatement. It's almost tailored for darkness. If the late Boris Karloff were still alive today, he would probably own something like this—or at least be the voice to alert you to the door being ajar. This '64 Lincoln appears to be built from pure fear, and that was the point. Owner Jeff Faine wanted to build something that was purely sinister. It just took a chance encounter with the right builder to make it happen.

Final displacement is a monstrous 521 cubic inches, and each engine is dyno-proven to 575 hp before leaving the facility

Jeff, a Center in the NFL and entrepreneur, has always been a car guy. Thankfully, his career path led him to a monetary status that would allow him to explore his automotive interests and create a stable of rides that includes anything from Ferraris and a classic Chevy, to this one-of-a-kind Lincoln Continental.

"I bought the car off of eBay from a kid in California who won the car in a Red Hot Chili Peppers contest,” recalls Jeff. "The car was in pretty good shape, and was a perfect starting point for what I had dreamed up.”

While Jeff was having a home theater installed in his home in Orlando, he got to talking with the installer who was a good friend of P.J. Davis, owner of Chimera Customs in Palm Harbor, Florida. After the conversation, he was encouraged to have P.J. come out and take a look at the ride and see about having its restoration performed there.

"I went to look at the car and spoke with Jeff,” says P.J., "and I left with a good vibe and a new customer.” Shortly thereafter, the car was brought to the Chimera Customs facility to begin work on the ambitious project.

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Chimera Customs is a shop that takes on approximately 12 cars builds a year. After spending time in its facility and dealing with its crew, it's become rather clear that the staff is a focused group of car nuts willing to take on any project no matter how large.

The gang got right to work on the Continental, and began to tear it down to the frame. Jeff gave them an idea of what direction he wanted the build to go, but it took P.J.'s creative mind to bring it to life. With the panels off the car, P.J. knew there was some extensive work that needed to be done.

"With it being a black car, it was going to show every mistake and flaw in the body. So we had to have a large amount of bodywork done to bring it to perfection.” The idea was to make it as straight as humanly possible, so the paint only reflected perfection. To allow this to happen, new sheetmetal had to be fabricated to ensure a flawless finish. The firewall was smoothed, the tunnel was stretched and raised, and the body was finally sprayed with several coats of PPG basecoat and clear.

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. This required Chimera to replace all of the vacuum-operated controls with electronics. To achieve this, custom solenoids had to be put in place and everything inside had to be rewired to allow the use of accurate digital gauges and electric signals. However, one look inside and someone might think it was a factory dash. The most notable departures from '64 are the seats, which received high-quality leather, and the carpet fiber borrowed from a Mercedes-Benz. A quick look up and you'll see a suede headliner as well. Pop the trunk, and you're greeted with a work of art that houses the audio system's brain and air suspension reservoir. Combined, these parts and modifications work very well together and blend modern, custom, and classic effectively.

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
Engine
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
Exhaust
Bodley Racing South mild steel headers, 17⁄8-inch primaries, 3-inch collectors
21⁄2-inch dual exhaust
Flowmaster mufflers
Transmission
C6 three-speed automatic built by TransAreUs (Palm Harbor, FL)
Rearend
Ford 9-inch
Detroit Trutrac differential
Strange Engineering 3.73 gears
35-spline axles
Suspension
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
Brakes
Front: Baer disc, six-piston calipers, 13-inch rotors
Rear: Baer disc, six-piston calipers, 13-inch rotors
Wheels
Front: Forgiato Otto, 22x8.5
Rear: Forgiato Otto, 22x11.5
Tires
Front: Pirelli P-Zero Nero, P265/30ZR22
Rear: Pirelli P-Zero Nero, P315/25ZR22
Interior
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
Exterior
PPG black basecoat/clearcoat, smoothed firewall and inner fenders, stretched and raised transmission tunnel