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'67 Fairlane
427 Lightweight Clone
The Ford factory intended for the XL trim option to be a high-end laborious decoration for the classiest of car owners. Bob Stoorza of Beverly Hills, Florida, didn't see it that way. He saw it as junk that he had to remove, and then weld up any evidence of its existence. It was more than just the trim for Bob; the 289ci small-block Ford had to go as well. Since the day he got this Fairlane, he knew exactly what he wanted it to be when it grew up. He didn't want a luxury show car with all the bells and whistles, he wanted a hard-core, high-horsepower race car. The lightweight look was farfetched for his FE powered Fairlane, so the next best thing was to build it like a factory race car. He went with a vintage correct off-white with custom graphics on the door to give it the age to look authentic.

Alongside the paint and graphics, Bob wanted to make the mechanics resemble that era's race cars as well. The slotted wheels with sand-blasted centers and the slapper bars aid to that vibe. Though it's usually very far from car shows and cruises, this Fairlane gets quite a bit of attention. The appeal of a seemingly real race car with a big motor, three pedals, and tires for traction is timeless.

Bob Stoorza • Beverly Hills, FL
Type: 390ci big-block Ford FE
Block: factory iron
Cylinder heads: 390 GT rebuilt
Camshaft: Crower hydraulic, .521/.546-inch lift
Valvetrain: COMP roller rockers
Induction: Blue Thunder dual-quad carbs
Ignition: Pertronix Billet distributor,
Moroso wires
Exhaust: Crites 2-inch primary headers,
Flowmaster Super 44 mufflers

Transmission/shifter: T5 5-speed manual,
Centerforce clutch, Hurst shifter
Rear axle: Ford 9-inch, TrackLoc, 3.98 gears
Front suspension: KYB shocks,
all-new components
Rear suspension: KYB shocks, traction bars
Brakes: disc/drum

Body: shaved trim, Crites fiberglass hood,
powdercoated bumper
Paint: Ford Wimbledon White

Wheels: Weld Rodlits and Anson Slots,
15x5 and 15x7
Tires: M/T Sportsman and Pro Trac,
26x7.5x15 and 275/60R15