Wayne Cook
June 1, 2007
Photos By: Jim Smart

The '66-'67 Fairlane is a classic example of the American musclecar and a time machine right out of the "Total Performance" years. It's one of Ford's best-looking designs, and the body style even has a NASCAR history.

The genesis of this story is another case of recapturing the fun of a favorite car from long-gone high school days. In this case, Taylor, Michigan's Mark Marks' first Fairlane ownership dates from 1975. Jump ahead to 1996, and he was looking through the classified ads when this cool hardtop caught his eye. This Fairlane was well-worn, but the body was rock-solid and a big-block GT to boot. Mark knew he had a good candidate for a restoration on his hands.

And so began a year-long refurbishment project. Nothing was overlooked as the body was restored to stock. It was then trimmed out to period-appropriate perfection with Ford Candyapple Red paint and Cragar SS five-spoke chrome wheels. The interior was completely redone to replicate the car's original status. The GT came from the factory equipped with an FE 390 engine, but Mark says he "got tired of having his doors blown off by big-block Chevelles." The solution was to keep it in the FE family but open it up to Cobra Jet proportions. The FE engine in the car now actually uses a CJ block, and it displaces the full 428 ci. Mark says he has no more problems with big-block Chevelles.

Looking over the list of engine improvements, it's easy to understand why Mark has no trouble keeping pace with the local talent-after all, a 390 is good, but a 428 Cobra Jet is much better. We'll bet the locals found out in a hurry that the red Fairlane was fast, and the brand-X competition was now fair game.

The Details

'66 Fairlane GT Hardtop
Owner: Mark Marks, Taylor, MI

Engine
FE 428 block 0.030-overbore
Scat Steel crankshaft knife-edged
Eagle H-beam connecting rods Ross forged-aluminum pistons 11:1 compression ratio
Ford cast-iron 390 cylinder heads, ported, polished, milled Comp Cams hydraulic camshaft, 0.584 lift, 294 degrees duration Edelbrock aluminum intake manifold
Dove pushrods
Holley 800-cfm four-barrel carb
MSD billet-aluminum distributor
MSD 6AL ignition
110-octane racing fuel required

Transmission
Top Loader four-speed
Hurst shifter

Rearend
9-inch
Traction Lok differential
3.70 gears

Exhaust
Hooker full-length headers with 251/48-inch primary tubes and 3-inch collectors
3-inch aluminized exhaust tubing
Flowmaster mufflers

Suspension
Front: Stock control arms, Competition Engineering 90/10 drag shocks, front sway-bar delete
Rear: Leaf springs, Competition
Engineering drag shocks, sway bar

Brakes
Front: Stainless Steel Brakes disc-brake conversion kit
Rear: Factory drum

Wheels
Front: Cragar SS chrome five-spoke, 15x6
Rear: Cragar SS chrome five-spoke, 15x7

Tires
Front: BFGoodrich Comp T/A, P225/70R15
Rear: BFGoodrich Comp T/A, P265/60R15

Interior
Completely refurbished, new upholstery, stock Ford woodgrain steering wheel, Auto Meter instrumentation, Jensen CD changer with 6x9 speakers

Exterior
PPG basecoat/clearcoat Candyapple Red paint, factory 390 GT steel hood, body and paint work done by T&F Collision of Brownstown, Michigan

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