Custom 1966 Ford Fairlane - A Road Less Traveled
Doug Schultz Has Done The Norm Before, But Not This Time!
From the May, 2009 issue of Modified Mustangs & Fords
By Eric English
Photography by Eric English
Massive modifications initiate...
Massive modifications initiate a domino effect. The fuel filler could no longer reside in the stock location behind the license plate, so Schultz created another hiding place in the trunk opening behind the right taillight. Speaking of fuel, the crate 514 is pump gas friendly and relies on a system consisting of an Aeromotive Tsunami pump, -8/-6 braided lines, Mallory regulator, and ACCEL injectors.
We feel confident in saying there aren't many readers who have seen a '66 Fairlane that resembles this one. In fact, we can't recall anything like it ourselves, so we're immediately drawn to the red and titanium beast like flies on stink. It's just the reaction Doug Schultz expected when the former hot rod fabrication shop owner decided to build a new car in the fall of 2002, yet rather than do it to draw attention to him, he did it to simply be different. Schultz is no stranger to radical machinery, having built the '67 Nova that won the prestigious Goodguys Street Machine of the Year (SMOY) award in 2001, as well as a '62 Impala that competed in the '02 version of the same event. That he decided to build a Ford this time around is noteworthy.
What would cause a guy with a heavy Chevrolet leaning to build one of the most radical Fords around? Perhaps brand loyalty isn't the barrier it once seemed. "I noticed very few Fords at events like Columbus (Goodguys SMOY), and since the '66-'67 Fairlane is my favorite Ford, and a buddy of mine had one for sale, I figured, why not build one? Why not, indeed! When Schultz says build, he means it in a way that is foreign to many of us. This car is no bolt-on endeavor; rather, it's an extreme custom piece, with so much engineering and fabrication by Schultz himself it makes your head spin.
Look, Ma, no brakes! The crazy-clean...
Look, Ma, no brakes! The crazy-clean engine compartment is defined as much by what is missing as what is present. The brake master cylinder and all plumbing is cleverly hidden under the dash, as is the Vintage Air Compac heater system. The injected 625-horse FRPP 514 has been described on some Internet forums as looking like a full-scale injection-molded model. That's an apt description, but rest assured-it runs hard.
Another point to be made right up front-this Fairlane is no trailer queen. Despite competing at the highest level and eventually falling one point out of the top 5 finishers during the '07 Columbus competition, Schultz's '66 was built to drive-and fast. Need proof? Well, he autocrossed the car at its limits during the Goodguys '08 Costa Mesa meet, was foiled by a broken rearend when trying to meet up with us at the local dragstrip, and scoffed at the idea of trailering the Fairlane to our later photo shoot. Instead, Schultz drove the two-hour road trip-running side by side amongst plebian grocery getters, mobile texters, and distracted cell phone drivers. Yup, the man has guts.
Moving on to the more technical side of things, much of Schultz's preliminary planning revolved around the notion that today's state-of-the-art cars must feature a monstrous footprint. Recall your wildest high school math class doodling, and you'll get the idea. To that end, Schultz began by fabricating his own frame from 2x2 and 2x4-inch mild steel, largely to allow clearance for the P335/35R20 Michelins. Planting the rubber is an Air Ride Technologies Shock Wave suspended parallel four-link, along with a Watt's link to better control the gyrations of the 3.50 geared 9-inch axle. Front suspension is based off a Heidts Super Ride II, heavily modified to fit the Fairlane's atypical frame. Features include 2-inch drop spindles, stainless tubular control arms, Flaming River rack and steering components, and another pair of Shock Waves. Swaybars at both ends were fabbed from 1 1/4-inch, 0.120-inch chrome-moly tubing, with the front using a trick chassis mounted bellcrank linkage system. Baer disc brakes reside on all corners, only partially hidden by 18x7 and 20x12-inch Boyd wheels.
Pushing the modern chassis/suspension to the max is a more traditional big-inch, shift-for-yourself drivetrain. Schultz made it easy on himself by choosing Ford Racing's 625-horse 514-inch crate motor, which fits with ease due to the absence of original shock towers. All the goodies come from the factory on this one, including aluminum Super Cobra Jet heads, a big solid roller, and a Victor Jr. intake which was machined to accept ACCEL 68 lb/hr fuel injectors. An ACCEL throttle body sits up top, and all parameters are dictated by a Gen VII DFI as programmed by Blood Enterprises in Auburn, Washington. Schultz makes the most of the prodigious power by rowing his own with a Richmond six-speed, utilizing a Centerforce clutch and Lakewood scattershield.
Doug Schultz has pulled serious...
Doug Schultz has pulled serious g's on the autocross course from the confines of this interior, but stays planted in Pontiac Fiero-sourced buckets. Custom touches go hand in hand with more traditional bolt-ins, such as a Flaming River tilt column and a Billet Specialties steering wheel. The console conceals controls for heater/defroster, wipers, door locks, and airbags.
Show car quality is evident throughout; it's most easily detected where most visible-the exterior and interior. Byers Custom and Restoration performed the awesome body and paintwork using two-stage PPG products in Salsa Red and Titanium-the latter using a flattener in the clearcoat for the desired effect. The inside is pure custom through a combination of Schultz's skilled hands and McFarland Custom Upholstery. From the supple leather and suede seats to the hand-built console and Auto Meter-laden dash, you can't help but be impressed. Yet one of the smallest items imaginable really defines the attention to detail. Like any extensive rollcage, the 10-point assembly herein, largely hidden, is prone to interfere with certain interior functions. Specifically, we're speaking of the rear quarter-window crank. Schultz surely could have gone with power-window mechanisms to alleviate the swing of the stock-style cranks, but instead chose a different route. With only a 45-degree swing available due to the 'cage, a ratcheting feature was incorporated into the stock arrangement, enabling fully functioning windows-very cool, and just part of a functional theme that separates this '66 from mere static posers.
When Schultz launched his Fairlane's build, the stated goal was to "create a hot rod that retained some of its muscle car heritage (i.e., big motor, manual trans, and period styling cues, like the 427 hood) while bringing it into the 21st century." By nature, it had to "go fast, stop fast, corner fast, and be comfortable to sit in." Schultz has surely nailed all of this and then some, proving there's no reason a Ford can't be built to compete in the top tier of any type of automotive competition-including Street Machine of the Year. While that may come as no surprise to our jaded readership demographic, we give big props to Schultz for going where few have gone before.
Doug Schultz's '66 Fairlane
- Ford Racing 460ci-based 514-inch stroker
- 4.39-inch bore
- 4.30-inch stroke cast crank
- Eagle H-beam rods
- Forged dished pistons for 9.8:1 compression ratio
- FRPP solid roller cam, 0.640-inch lift, 254/258 degrees duration at 0.050
- FRPP Super Cobra Jet heads
- Victor Jr. intake w/ACCEL throttle body and 68 lb/hr injectors
- ACCEL Gen VII DFI
- MSD 6A ignition
- MSD crank trigger
- Richmond six-speed
- Centerforce clutch
- Lakewood bellhousing
- Owner narrowed 9-inch
- 3.50 gears
- Auburn posi
- Dutchman 31-spline axles
- Owner built 2 1/8-inch headers
- Spintech mufflers
- 3-inch pipes
- Front: Modified Heidts Super Ride II, Air Ride Technologies Shock Waves, 1 1/4-inch 0.120-inch tubular chrome-moly sway bar, Flaming River Mustang II rack-and-pinion
- Rear: Parallel four-bar, Watt's Link, Air Ride Technologies Shock Waves, 1 1/4-inch 0.120-inch tubular chrome-moly sway bar
- Front: Baer 13-inch cross-drilled/slotted disc, two-piston caliper
- Rear: Baer 12-inch drilled/slotted disc, single-piston caliper
- Front: Boyd Coddington, 18x7
- Rear: Boyd Coddington, 20x12
- Front: Michelin Pilot, P225/40R18
- Rear: Michelin Pilot, P335/35R20
- Full custom, with upholstery, door panels, and console by McFarland Upholstery. Auto Meter carbon-fiber gauges, Pontiac Fiero bucket seats, 10-pt. rollcage, Flaming River tilt column, and Billet Specialties steering wheel.
- Body and paint by Byers Custom and Restoration, using two-stage PPG in Salsa Red and Titanium. Crites fiberglass 427 hood, and hand-fabricated rear spoiler.