Wayne Cook
September 1, 2009
Photos By: Mark Houlahan

While the Fairlane was at Next Level the challenge was to find someone with the expertise to sort through the massive amount of wiring required. After consulting a number of different sources, including Ford dealers and racing shops in the Tampa area, Troy was beginning to think he'd have to ship the 'Lane back to Maryland for wiring. Troy finally found Eric Reynolds. Eric is a guy with both a love of Fords and considerable expertise in automotive wiring. "His love of Fords and automotive wiring is scary!" Troy tells us. After getting the car back from paint, Eric got busy and installed an engine management setup using the Telorvek system from the Detail Zone of Wilmington, Delaware. After about four months of working evenings and weekends Eric had completely rewired the car. He installed the complex engine management system and then hid most of the wiring for a very clean and professional installation.

The upholstery was another challenge. Troy's first go around didn't end well when the upholstery shop didn't see eye to eye with Troy's thoughts on professionalism and work cleanliness. Then Troy was introduced to the Cimo brothers and the job was ably met by Cimo & Cimo Custom Upholstery where the fresh red and black leather interior was custom-stitched by one of the 83-year-old Cimo brothers, who still come to work a few days a week to keep their fingers nimble after more than 50 years in business! Catalina Custom Upholstery tackled the headliner, carpet, and door panels to finish off the freshened interior.

Leaving no stone unturned Troy has taken extraordinary care in the completion of his '57 Fairlane project and it shows. His practice of careful consultation with experts combined with his own tender loving care has resulted in the finessed Fairlane seen here.

The Details
Troy Pumphrey's '57 Fairlane Hardtop


  • 4.6L Four-Valve Modular V-8
  • BBK cold air intake
  • Aeromotive fuel rails
  • Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator
  • Moroso aluminum expansion tank
  • Canton aluminum power steering tank
  • Canton aluminum remote oil filter
  • Custom radiator cover
  • Jegs braided hoses
  • Jegs anodized hose ends
  • Telorvek EFI management system and harness


  • Tremec five-speed


  • Johns Industries 9-inch
  • 31-spline axles
  • 3.70 gears
  • Traction-Lok differential


  • Running Great 2½-inch custom exhaust system
  • Bassani off-road X-style crossover
  • Flowmaster 40-series mufflers
  • MagnaFlow chrome tips


  • Front: Fatman Fabrication Mustang II, polished stainless upper and lower control arms, power rack-and-pinion steering, dropped spindles, Air Ride Technologies Shockwave air suspension, polished antisway bar
  • Rear: Air Ride Technologies triangulated four-link system, QA1 Pro-drag rear coilover shocks


  • Front: Mustang-based 11-inch disc, single-piston caliper
  • Rear: Explorer-based 11-inch disc, single-piston caliper


  • Front: Intro Wheels Retro billet aluminum, 18x7
  • Rear: Intro Wheels Retro billet aluminum, 20x8.5


  • Front: Nitto NT555 Extreme, P235/40ZR18
  • Rear: Nitto NT555 Extreme, P255/35ZR20


  • Modified original '57 Ford dashboard, one off designed Classic Gauges, Billet Specialties custom aluminum A/C vents, door handles, Watson's Street Works aluminum knobs and switches, Vintage Air Gen II A/C system, Vintage Air custom aluminum control panel, Ididit steering column, Budnik steering wheel, Lokar aluminum emergency foot brake pedal assembly, Pioneer audio system, Fat Mat sound control deadener, Custom red and black ultra leather seats by Cimo & Cimo Custom Upholstery, Catalina Custom headliner, carpet and custom door panels


  • Custom body fabrication and paint provided by The Next Level of Tampa, Florida, and master painter Levi Henson, color is Mercedes Benz Red and triple black lacquer