Eric English
April 29, 2010

Debby further added, "I grew up riding around in a '67 Olds Vista Cruiser, so the feel of the Ranch Wagon conjures up plenty of good memories for me. My sister and I shared the Olds for several years right after high school, though needless to say, it was nothing like this. I wouldn't have been able to fathom having leather seats, much less heated ones back then, but believe me, they're what I probably like best in terms of the actual hardware that the guys assembled into the car. Of course the air conditioning and stereo are closerunner-ups. Over the years I've tried to rein Larry in on some of his "projects," but on this one, I'm glad he didn't listen to me!"

Notice that Debby's comments don't draw in the high-performance attributes of the wagon-items like the warmed-up 5.0L roller engine with Barry Grant SixShooter induction, the Tremec five-speed trans, or the 3.80 geared 8-inch rearend assembled by Randy's Ring and Pinion. No matter, Larry and Debby have obviously found middle ground on a car they plan to drive cross country one of these days. He says he loves the car, and so does she. Who could ask for anything more?

The Details
Larry and Debby Berkovich's '64 Fairlane Ranch Wagon

'89 5.0L block, 0.030 over (306ci) by Gaines Markley
Stock 3.00-inch crank
Stock connecting rods
Keith Black pistons
AFR 185 cylinder heads
Barry Grant SixShooter induction
Ford Racing E303 camshaft
Pertronix billet distributor

Hi Po 289 manifolds
MagnaFlow mufflers
2 1/4-inch pipes

Tremec T5 five-speed King Cobra clutch

8-inch housing
3.80 gears
Detroit Truetrac differential Moser axles

Rebuilt and lowered factory, 11/8-inch swaybar
Rear: Rebuilt and lowered factory

Master Power 11.25-inch disc, slotted and drilled rotor, single-piston caliper
Rear: Master Power 11.25-inch disc, slotted and drilled rotor, single-piston caliper

American Racing Salt Flat Specials, 17x7
Rear: American Racing Salt Flat Specials, 17x7

Michelin Pilot Sport, P245/50R17
Rear: Michelin Pilot Sport, P245/50R17

LeCarra steering wheel, Auto Meter gauges, Lexus power/heated bucket seats, interior trim by Grazzini's Upholstery and Hoglunds Top Shop, stereo by Marine Auto Works, including custom kick panels and console, dual Sony amps, Infinity speakers (6), Infinity subwoofer, and Eclipse head unit, dealer-installed air conditioning was reworked by Vintage Air to use modern Sanden compressor and R134 refrigerant

Dave Mackey performed the necessary sheetmetal and rust repair, Randy Sargent laid down the single stage Wimbledon White, using PPG Concept acrylic urethane, rear axle moved rearward 1.5 inches, as the factory location was not centered in the wheel opening, Queen City Plating triple plated the original front and rear bumpers