The car features a B&M shifter with a shift kit as well as a TCI 1,800 stall converter. Upgrades included new springs all around, brake lines and various parts from JEGS High Performance and Summit Racing. Dearborn Classic’s (rack and pinion steering) made the job of going down the road much easier than anything offered stock in 1966. A 1998 Mustang 8.8 posi rear with disc brakes was found and installed with ‘70 Merc front discs to help it stop. It’s painted a Candy Apple Red Ford color from the 60’s (by Dupont). This was a factory color for the ’66 Fairlane, but not necessarily this car, which was a clean slate for James and Janet.
While this engine makes all the beautiful music you could ask for, the new owners wanted their favorite songs from time to time. They added an Alpine CD in-dash unit with a JBL amplifier and Blaupunkt subwoofers with Pioneer three-inch speakers in the kick panels.
Cruising to all the local car shows is a frequent occurrence, so it was only natural that they joined a local car club. Their choice was the Tropical Detroit Muscle Car Club, which features all American made cars and has more than 400 members on its rolls.Building the Fairlane was a commitment. While the memories of the work won’t fade (at least as long as the car is in the garage), it was such a labor of love building this car that James even got the Fairlane tattooed on his leg!
Not surprisingly, the Fairlane has become a trophy magnet. It won “Best Fairlane” at the 20th anniversary NPD Ford and Mustang Roundup at Silver Springs (Florida) in 2014. Trophies will continue to come, but the hours of enjoyment with the car have long begun to offset the hours of labor put into it. It is truly a worthwhile accomplishment, one that will inspire others to take a chance on a forgotten classic.