1966 Ford Fairlane
Find Missing Soldier Project
When we purchased this 1966 Ford Fairlane as a project car, we were not expecting to be set on a mission. But quickly our guys at the shop noticed this bumper sticker that sparked a lot of interest. The team here at Innovation Performance Technologies are Nascar fabricators, builders, racers, and yes, many U.S. Special Forces Veterans as well as active-duty soldiers.
The bumper sticker on the car is from a soldier who was based in Fort Bragg. We can see that he Blue Lot and his number is 3339. So we were instantly on a mission to not only finish this car and make it perfect, but also to locate the original owner of this car to bring him back a memory and let him touch and drive his old car once again.
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This car was originally an R-code 390 which was still there, but to turn it into a more “daily driver capable” ride, we built a 427ci stroked Cleveland with a steal crank, good Carillo rods, and a roller cam to actuate the stainless steel valves in the Air Flow Research heads. The engine never saw a dyno, but we estimate that it makes well over 500 horsepower. The transmission is a C4 three-speed automatic with a B&M shift kit and a mild performance torque converter. The rearend is the original 9-inch with Currie axles and a True Trac differential.
The stock style interior was done in-house at IPT with a custom center console, Dakota Digital gauges, Old Air air conditioning, and the IPT-standard entertainment system with front and rear-looking cameras. So, like a modern car this Fairlane has a backup camera!
The front suspension was built in-house by Innovation Performance Technologies. It has coil overs, rack & pinion steering, and big Wilwood brakes on all four corners. This car drives just like a modern car with no creaks, rattles, or annoying noises. It is an absolute blast to drive both for cruising around town, or for taking it on an occasional drag race at the strip.