For the past month or so Wes Littrell and I have been working on a 1966 Fairlane project for a friend. This car project was started about 20 years ago and it's now making some real progress.
The car has a narrowed rear end, cage, custom interior, 514 inch engine with Blue Thunder heads and dual quad intake, 2 AFB's, C6 etc. It's going to be a really fun ride.
This is one of those projects that just became bogged down and wasn't getting completed. So we had the owner bring it out along with every piece he had so we could get it together and running. Big problems were, fuel system, cooling system and headers.
Headers were worked out fairly easily with some dimpling work and the addition of about 1 inch of tubing on one tube on the left side. The Blue Thunder head raises the exhaust port about 5/8 of an inch and that makes the already fairly tight header situation a bit worse but not impossible.
Fuel system: The car had a modified stock fuel tank that had been sitting open for at least 15 years. It was rusty and just wasn't going to work. We put in an aluminum cell from RCI which worked great it still needs the Ford type sending unit to make the gauge work.
Cooling system: This is a real problem on one of these cars. From what we can tell the engine sits in the "stock" location for the most part and this puts it fairly far forward. By switching to a 1968-69 429 style water pump we were able to get about 1 inch of clearance between the snout and the radiator core. The radiator was custom built by Portel Radiator in DeSoto MO and it's a VERY nice unit with trans cooler, heavy duty core and built in fans. We did have to move the fans to the front which is probably less than ideal but if the engine is fitted with a single groove pulley set in the future there is just enough room for an engine driven fan to fit, cool. The whole system holds 6 gallons of coolant.
Now it's about time to send the car back to the owner who can finish up the little stuff, grille, headlights, some wiring work etc and have it ready for the big Ford Bash this spring, hope so!