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1964 Ford Thunderbolt at Cars and Coffee

The Mickey Thompson Hemi Ford Thunderbolt! One-of-a-Kind MONSTER at Cars and Coffee Las Vegas on June 18, 2011.


 


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134589 / 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt
For more information on this vehicle visit http://tinyurl.com/khp7qsp This stunning Ford Thunderbolt, a true to form replica that follows a lightweight fiberglass front clip with a built 427, tough Toploader transmission and beefy Currie 9-inch, is about as cool as they come. If you're in the market for some instantly recognizable muscle that's stacked with first class looks and a nasty disposition, you're reading about your next car! A series of 100 units produced for the 1964 model year, The Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt was an experimental, drag race only automobile that combined lightweight Fairlane bodies with dual-quad Galaxie motors. Although the Galaxie had proven itself in NASCAR, it was simply too heavy to be drag raced with any significant success. After Ford had stripped the car into a semi-victorious 'lightweight', they decided to apply the same formula to the Fairlane. The result was a storied track champion that, when compared to the Galaxie, was 3 inches shorter, weighed 700 pounds less and unofficially produced over 600 horsepower. Not surprisingly, this awesome Fairlane drove out of Ford's Dearborn assembly plant at the beginning of the great American performance wars. After spending a short time as random showroom candy, it began a long life of solid maintenance and back road workout routines. And today, covered in a familiar coat of Vintage Burgundy two-stage, it sits as the beneficiary of a thorough, frame-off restoration that was conducted on solid, original bones. Pull the car into the harsh winter sun and you'll see good looking paintwork that presents well from every angle. Underneath that paint, the body's Kansas-flat panels say a lot about the integrity of their platform. And overall, that platform's alignment rates well above anything the factory offered, featuring even gaps and tight closing hinges all the way around. When Dearborn brass decided to shove beefy big blocks into mid-size Fairlanes, they probably had a hard time keeping a straight face. And, when you get behind the wheel of this new age Thunderbolt, you'll understand exactly why. Unpin the hood and you'll find a show-detailed Ford V8 that's been bored and stroked to 482 cubic inches of raw, big block power! Take a peek under the car and you'll find an exceptionally clean chassis that's punctuated by Satin Black floors and, in traditional Thunderbolt fashion, a substantially re-engineered suspension. At the center of that suspension, a road-ready Toploader 4-speed proves just as effective as ever at slinging gears and scorching stoplights. That transmission channels power to a 9-inch Currie rear end, which exchanges a brutal 4.58 factory set up for mild, 3.55 cruisers. There's a rebuilt steering system that combines with manual front disc and rear drum brakes to make turns easy and stopping a cinch. And torque meets the pavement through polished Radir Tri-Ribb IIIs, which spin 6.40-15 Firestone Deluxe Champions in front of 7.75-15 Radir Cheater Slicks. Between the standard steel doors, a Light Beige Metallic interior strikes a nice balance of authenticity and livability. While the lightweight bucket and bench seats may not look like the lap of luxury, a brief stint behind the wheel reveals a comfortable and compliant ride. Correct rubber flooring frames a correct chrome shifter. The dash is stock, hanging factory telemetry and correct deletes between a big tachometer, a small Auto Meter oil gauge and a correct glove box disclaimer tag. And in front of the driver, an ornate factory steering wheel provides a touch of class. There simply aren't that many chances to own a clean, well-done Thunderbolt -- especially at this price. If you're looking for a different kind of muscle car, call, click or visit http://RKMotorsCharlotte.com today!





John Calvert's Fairlane on the street
Took the Fairlane out for a Sunday cruise and hit up the local car show. It has a 427cu dual quad high riser FE with 15:1 compression. The car runs in NHRA A/S Stock Eliminator and has a best ET of 9.80. Enjoy!





1963 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt Replica
Offered for sale by the St. Louis Car Museum. For this vehicle and others, please visit http://www.stlouiscarmuseum.com





tbolt - the whole show
On Halloween 2009, Phil Featherston shattered the long held (unverified) world record for the quarter mile Ford Thunderbolt in a flash of oil and grit. The time was 9.23 seconds at 151mph. Special thanks to Jake and Gerald. Video by Dave Featherston.





FORD Fun Day - 1964 FORD THUNDERBOLT - 10-3-10
Nostalgia car coming down the return road in front of the grandstands





427 Comets and Thunderbolts
A few clips of 64-65 427 Mercury Comets and 64 Ford Thunderbolts. Ronnie Sox Jack Chrisman Dyno Don Nicholson Eddie Schartman Bill Lawton Al Joniec





132280 / 1964 Ford Thunderbolt
For more information on this vehicle visit http://tinyurl.com/c6xltz8 Have you ever seen a "tribute" car that's more authentic that the "real thing"? We haven't seen many, but this 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt certainly could make a claim to the title. Built with more "real" Thunderbolt parts than most "real" Thunderbolts, including a real-deal Holman & Moody 427 side-oiler, this is the ideal car for the Ford fanatic seeking a Thunderbolt that can be driven and shown with pride. Or, if you've got a Thunderbolt, but don't have the incredibly pricey "real" engine, this car could be the link to making your car "correct".





Ford Thunderbolt at Bonneville
"thundersalt" a 1964 Ford Thunderbolt goes over 200 mph on the Salt Flats.





Mike Hall's 427 Thunderbolt (In Car)
Making a pass in Mike Hall's 427 Thunderbolt in Charleston, IL. 6.73 @ 100 MPH.





Martin Bertagnoli's 1964 427 Ford Thunderbolt
1964 427 Ford Thunderbolt





American Muscle Car-S1E05-1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt
From the series American Muscle Car 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt http://xtremecarzone.com.au





1964 Ford M/T Thunderbolt 427 Hemi Bolt
This is a 1964 Ford Thunderbolt Fairlane, this car was built by Mickey Thompson, it is #10, raced by Jess Tyre back in 1964 with Mickey Thompson. This is a video shot for Skyline Ford of Salem, Oregon who owned the car. I sold it for them to a gentleman down in California in 2008. It was found out while my friends owned it here in Salem, that this car though retains a lot of the orignal parts from the original Thunderbolt, that it had been Rebodied, which means that the shell is from a different car. So anyone who comes into contact with it, should know that it is very valuable but is considered a rebodied Thunderbolt. Jess Tyre will tell you that it is the original car, he looked at it a few years ago and documented. He is incorrect in our opinion because we talked to the gentleman that restored the car, and he rebodied it around 1991. As of know this is pretty common knowledge, but just letting everyone know the story. It is running the same configuration as it did in 1964. Mickey Thompson, was building motors, out of a 427 Ford Short block, and then using Chrysler 392 Hemi Heads, and convertiing them to fit the Ford 427, and put a Cross Ram intake on the car, with Dual Carburators. This car is really mean sounding, and ran awesome. What you won't see is the video, is when I got on the street with it, and launched it down Mission Street, 1st, 2nd Gear coming to the dealership. The film guy for the commercial put the music in and cut out the good shots, darn him. You should have heard it, and I was shaking, and my clutch foot was shaking to death, what a wicked car. Thanks very much, Jason Blue Oval Ranch Inc.





1964 Ford Thunderbolt | Mecum Auto Auctions
See a vehicle that can tear up a racetrack, nicknamed "Hemi-Hunter." For more awesome cars, visit http://velocity.discovery.com/tv/mecum-auto-auctions/





Exhaust Sounds Denny Gutowski's Thunderbolt
Quick video of one Healthy Ford Motor in Denny Gutowski's 64 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt





427 Fairlane and a 442
Part of the DetroitDemigod collection on DA (DeviantArt.com) http://detroitdemigod.deviantart.com/ In Raleigh, North Carolina, a little restaurant called 'Grill '57' holds cruise-in's on the third Saturday of Spring, Summer, and Fall; including New Years Day. 1964 Ford Fairlane 500 427-cid Dual Quad Hurst/Manual 2 Door Hardtop http://detroitdemigod.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2te5z2 http://detroitdemigod.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2temzw http://detroitdemigod.deviantart.com/art/64-Fairlane-500-Ref-Sheet-17030183 2 1971 Oldsmobile 442 455-cid (Not a W30)




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