This 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt is the perfect tribute project

The experimental drag racing car from the 1960s receives a fitting tribute in the form of this classic Ford on Bring a Trailer.

1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt
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Just in case Christmas goes by without Santa Claus delivering this perfect toy to spend the next year playing with, the auction site Bring a trailer just entered a project car with serious potential. It’ll take a lot of love to get back to racing, but the inside and out already look like pretty solid tributes to a series of experimental Fairline Thunderbolt drag racers built by Ford in 1964. Like any good gift, decals everywhere hint at the performance potential of the interior, although an engine swap will likely feature in the future of this consistent race car build at the time.

Build a vintage drag racer

1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt 2
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The original Fairlane Thunderbolts featured a lot of lightweight construction on a smaller car than the Ford Galaxie, in the hopes that the tall 427ci that performed so well in those bigger bodies for NASCAR would do even better with less weight to haul. Fiberglass used for the doors, hood, front fenders, and bumper helped reduce weight, while this construction features the fun, teardrop-style hood scoop and Mickey Thompson Sportsman tires. Offbeat pro that are absolutely amazing.

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A damaged 427ci V8

1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt 3
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Unfortunately the car apparently suffered for a few years on the exterior with the engine valve cover removed, so now the 427ci V8 is showing some damage including coolant in the oil and internal corrosion. Hopefully the two four-barrel Holley carburetors, MSD ignition, and tube heads can be salvaged and then swapped out to a new powertrain, if the next owner decides to scrap that mill. On the flip side, the original Thunderbolt V8s put out an absurdly 425 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque, so maybe taking the time to rework that damaged engine would be worth it.

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Red interior with spare goodies

1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt 4
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The rest of the driveline includes a three-speed automatic transmission and a Detroit Locker rear end equipped with 4.11 speeds. The front discs and rear drums handle braking, while the interior features plenty of aftermarket gauges, a Cheetah SCS shifter and roll bar. The front and rear seats look perfectly livable, matching the red dashboard that even includes a lockable glove box. would have used plexiglass instead of the real thing. The auction is currently at $ 2,600 with seven days remaining until the final hammer blow.


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