After getting beat by Pontiac and Chrysler in the NHRA's Super Stock class of 1963, Ford went all out for the following season and created the Thunderbolt. It didn't pretend to be anything but a full-blown drag machine, available through Ford only to racers. To fit the huge 427 engine, an outside company, Dearborn Steel Tubing, had to widen the shock towers, plus move the A-arm pivot point out by an inch. The car's high beam headlights were replaced with air intakes to feed the engine, and simple steel wheels were fitted as many got replaced by lightweight racing alloys. The leaf sprung rear end had a torque arm locating the axle to help launch the car, and the battery was mounted in the trunk for improved weight distribution. The body featured lightweight glass-fibre panels where possible, but it was the race-tuned engine which helped push the car to 11.7-second quarters.
Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt (1964) Specifications
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