Complete Frame Off Restoration Clone
1964 Super Stock Thunderbolt
Top Load 4-Speed Manual Transmission
Two Holley 4 Barrel Carburetors
Air Induction - Through Headlight Sockets
Chrome Valve Covers
Firestone 6.70-15 Front Tires
7 inch Slicks 15 inch Steel Rims Rear
This is a 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt Tribute Car - it is powered by a 427 center oiler and has the low-riser 2-4 bbl. Induction system, complete with Plenum and original 6" duct hoses. It has a top loader 4 speed transmission. This car is a VERY accurate rendition of those early maroon Thunderbolts in spite of not sporting the high-riser topside. If you take pictures of any item on this car, chances are that it is exactly "as built" in the fall of 1963 and is typical of the first series cars.
The original Thunderbolts were actually built by a small company called Dearborn Steel Tubing. Ford contracted with them to build 100 of the lightweight drag cars, with the first 11 cars all maroon and pulled directly off the assembly line as HiPo 289/4 sp, radio, heater, and sound deadening deletes - they were also equipped with a top loader transmission and 9" rear end. The last of this batch of 11 cars had an automatic transmission and was not available at the time of delivery of the first 10 cars that went to select Ford Sponsored drivers. All Thunderbolts had fiberglass hoods and fenders.
This particular car is very unique, and believed to be the most accurate "Clone" there is. The paint is the original Vintage Burgundy color, with attention to insure that a slight amount of orange peel is present, typical of the Ford paint of the era. It is not the show-stopping base coat/clear coat as that is much too nice and detracts from the concept of this rendition. Hood pins secure the hood and the 427 emblems are installed on the front of the fenders - later white Thunderbolts (#12-#100) had the emblems installed on the rear portion of the fender. A single wiper is present, with the passenger side hole filled with a metal plug. All glass (except the windshield) is Plexiglas (actually scratch-resistant Lexan MR10), typical of the original cars, and the rear window has correctly configured aluminum safety retainers that were on all early Thunderbolts. In addition, both rocker panels were trimmed forward of the rear wheels for tire clearance - the rest of the exterior is basically stock in appearance.
Additional items on this car that duplicate the first series maroon cars include the one-piece fiberglass 1963 style (short on the sides) front bumper built-in and valance; this installation requires cutting the bottoms of the front fenders off. This unique bumper was installed on approximately the first 55 cars. This style bumper was a carryover part from the planned build of several 1963 Fairlane hard tops that Tasca Ford had considered selling - only one was actually built by DST. Ford did supply all of the Plaza-built fiberglass bumper equipped cars with a special aluminum bumper when NHRA banned those ''63 style bumpers from the S/S class - if retained, the cars would be forced to run in the A/FX class.
The majority of these fiberglass bumpers had the larger, ''64 style park lamps (most likely modified by Plaza Fiberglass Corp. as an update for the 1964 model year). However, a handful of the early maroon cars did have the smaller ''63 style park lamp - this car has THAT style lamp, specially hand-fabricated to duplicate that edition - it is not available anywhere. Again, only a handful of original cars had this exact bumper, as does this car.
Special 15" wheels were installed on the original Thunderbolts and are correct on this car: Cresent Moon cut-outs are up front (narrowed ''64 Galaxie HP wheels) and exact, then special-built solid center 7" width wheels, are on the rear. Both front and rear wheels have the correct welding that was done on the original equipment wheels supplied to DST by Holman-Moody.
Great pains have been taken to duplicate the efforts of DST in the engine bay, including modifications to the inner skirts and shock towers to accommodate the massive 427 engine and intricate header system. Under hood body panel modifications were made to the original cars to exhaust engine heat and lighten existing body panels...all present and accounted for. Large 6" flexible hoses (original NOS items) provide fresh air ducting to the dual Holley carbs; the left inner skirt was also widened for hose clearance and has been applied to this build. Oversize 3/8" fuel line, with special routing for these drag-only cars, is there, as is the special routing for the front and rear brake lines.
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