Roger C. Johnson
April 3, 2013

This Fairlane was initially purchased from Harry Holder Motor Company in Owensboro, Kentucky. The reluctant seller acquired the car from an estate sale connected to the original owner. After only a week's worth of driving, Larry was anxious to get his hands dirty and decided to perform a "light" restoration. Seven years later, the car was finally back on the street.

Dixie Dream Rods handled the body and paintwork, front and rear glass, along with the headliner replacement. The body was stripped to bare metal and all panels were straightened. Advanced Plating in Nashville brought the chrome to a better-than-new shine, while the interior was massaged to that same level by Larry's own shop.

The plan also called for the stock 390 to stay in place and simply be freshened up, but that idea didn't last long. A call to Pop's Performance in Litchfield, Kentucky, started backup plan number "470." That's the total displacement of the new bored and stroked FE that would replace the tired 390.

The car's rebuilt C6 transmission is designed to handle up to 600 horses with a 3,000rpm converter, and send all available ponies to a Ford 9-inch packed with 3.70 gears. Rolling stock combines American Torque Thrust wheels measuring 17x7 inchers up front and 18x8s in the rear. Stainless Steel Brake Company supplied the discs at all corners in case Larry ever changes his mind about the rate of acceleration.

This car is certainly a front running example of what Fairlanes were all about, especially when you consider the years of attention to detail this particular car has experienced. It was arguably one of the best looking intermediates to roll off of any assembly line, whether you're a Ford fan or not. It's big-block heritage merging with top shelf performance parts, and Larry's life-long support of the breed, assures its acceptance at any show or stoplight event.

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The Details
Larry Cook's '66 Ford Fairlane GTA

428 Ford FE service block, engine assembly and dyno testing performed by Pops Performance (Leitchfield, KY)
4.190-inch bore
4.250-inch stroke
Eagle crankshaft
6.7-inch H-beam 4340 forged steel connecting rods with 8740 ARP cap screws
Diamond forged pistons
Total Seal moly rings
Cleveite bearings
Edelbrock aluminum heads 2.19-inch intake/1.75-inch exhaust valves, port and valve work by Pops Performance
Erson billet roller timing set
Lunati custom ground roller camshaft and Erson roller lifters
427 Ford aluminum intake manifold
Ford 3 2-V Induction
Holley two-barrel carburetors and fuel pump
MSD A6 ignition
Moroso 8-quart oil pan
Griffin aluminum radiator and Cooling Components two-speed electric fan

'67 C-6 Automatic
3,000-rpm stall converter

Ford 9-inch
Traction-Lok differential
3.70 gears
31-spline axles

Hooker ceramic-coated, long-tube headers
Custom 2½-inch exhaust
Race Ready 3-inch electric cut outs

Front: Ford factory independent, custom antisway bar
Rear: Ford factory leaf spring and shocks, Ford OEM traction bars

Front: SSBC 11.25-inch slotted disc with four-piston calipers
Rear: SSBC 10.50-inch slotted disc with single-piston calipers
Classic tube stainless steel brake lines and hoses

Front: American Torq Thrust II, polished 17x7
Rear: American Torq Thrust II, polished 18x8

Front: Michelin Pilot MXM4, P225/55R17
Rear: Michelin Pilot MXM4, P245/50R18

Dearborn Classic reproduction upholstery, door panels and carpet, Just Dashes dashpad, Custom headliner by Dixie Dream Rods (Ringgold, GA), plastic dash restoration by C.V.Vacume Platers Inc.

Original Ford all steel body, prepped and painted by Dixie Dream Rods, PPG Concept 9300 Black, chrome work by Advanced Plating (Nashville, TN)