Nick assembled his favorite suspension setup to the fresh chassis/body--90/10 drag shocks with six-cylinder coils and a 1-inch spring spacer up front and 50/50 shocks with five-leaf Hi-Po springs in the rear with a front half-leaf added along with the leaves clamped together to prevent axle wrap-up and wheelhop. An air spring also found its way over the right rear spring to preload the right rear tire and counteract chassis twist/torque. This setup is identical to the chassis setup he used in the early '60s when he drag raced.
Inside, Nick installed N.O.S. upholstery, a pair of Bostrom lightweight bucket seats (like the Thunderbolt had, and originally from Ford's Econoline van), rubber floor mat, deleted the radio and heater, and left the factory sound deadening and insulation on the workbench. A vintage Sun tach resides on the steering column and a trio of Auto Meter gauges keeps track of the engine's vitals. A Hurst four-speed shifter controls the Top Loader four-speed found in the tunnel and sends the 352's power to a 4.88 geared 9-inch.
"Though this car was built as a six-cylinder, my concept from the beginning was to faithfully create a 'factory lightweight' Super Stock 1960 Ford, as if Ford had built it at the factory. Basically, we took the '63-'64 lightweight Galaxie concept and integrated it into this '60 Fairlane," Nick summarized.
Nick's "what if" build took approximately a year and he's been enjoying the car for the last couple of years at shows and drag racing it as well. Yes, Nick has taken the "what if" concept to the track numerous times to prove his concept would have been competitive. As Nick's display sign states, the fastest S/S car in 1960 was the Royal Pontiac Super Duty 389 driven by Pontiac great Jim Wangers. The Tri-power Catalina went a 14.13 at 101.43 at the Indy Nationals on Labor Day weekend of that year with the national record standing at 14.01. Nick's "factory" Super Stock has been a best of 13.52 at 102 mph! I guess you can say Ford would have certainly had something competitive for Mr. Wangers.
"Our efforts with this '60 Fairlane are aimed at proving that a well prepared Ford could have successfully competed against the country's quickest stockers," Nick's sign also explains. Nick's "by the book" build shows us all just what might have happened if Ford jumped into the Super Stock foray just a little sooner.