May 10, 2006

If you're starting a new classic-Ford project this year, you have a lot to consider. The variables include budget, work space, time, ability, and more. Even with all the hard work, few things are more fun than the hunt for a new labor of love and the process of creating the car you've always wanted. As you progress through the project, there will be many great moments, and one of the best is the first testdrive in the finished result.

So, first things first. What is your project going to be? We all love Mustangs, and of course they must be included on any list of potential project cars. However, there are many other great Ford cars you could consider for your next project. Some of us may already have a Mustang and might want something different for a second car. (That would be me!-Ed.) If you're not dead set on a particular model, keep a lookout for a killer deal on a classic-Ford that's too good to pass up. Although you may be looking for a Fairlane, don't ignore a great deal on a Falcon.

We love all Fords, but from a high-performance-project standpoint, some years and models are better than others. While we have nothing against a hopped-up Edsel or a four-door Maverick, we want to look at the brightest examples in the vintage-Ford spectrum for performance modification, mostly from Ford's Total Performance years.

If you're in the game of creating a modified classic-Ford, there is a wide variety to choose from. We'll look at some Ford engines and see what modifications have been done to enhance both looks and power. Finally, we'll see a couple examples of each type of car equipped with modifications from mild to wild.