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Old 11-18-2010, 04:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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SOHC in a Fairlane.

My buddy has a '66 Fairlane, currently with an all-aluminum FE motor (see the latest Hemmings Muscle Machine). He's presently working on putting a 427 SOHC motor in it & has most everything for the build-up. He's notched the shock towers back about 2-3ins. but we're still concerned the Cammer won't fit. He's thinking a Heidt's front-end kit is the best route. My concern is eliminating the shock towers/fender panels will produce too much flex in the front-end. My idea is to use snout bars thereby triangulating the front sheetmetal & stiffening the front sub-frame.
Anyone have any ideas, thoughts, pictures of a '66 Fairlane that still ahs its shock towers & can tell me how much space there is between the head/valvecovers of a Cammer & the tower?
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Old 11-18-2010, 05:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: SOHC in a Fairlane.

There was a SOHC Fairlane at the Mecum auctions some time back.
You might want to do a search on their website.
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Re: SOHC in a Fairlane.

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1966 Ford Fairlane 500XL Coupe Modified by Holman-Moody for sale by Mecum Auction



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Old 11-18-2010, 07:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: SOHC in a Fairlane.

Not too many engines will ever look as good as a 427 SOHC.
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Old 11-18-2010, 08:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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That's so cool! Almost brings tears to my eyes.....
I wonder if one of those newer Ford Hemi engines would fit easier? I saw one in a new 2010 GT 500 Stang and thought what if, with that super charger mounted on top really made it sweet!

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Old 11-18-2010, 09:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: SOHC in a Fairlane.

That's ridiculous! Why use a 427 when there's enough room for TWO inline sixes side by side
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Re: SOHC in a Fairlane.

Thanks, guys! I've seen the pic of the car at Mecum, so my concern was just how much room is there between the shock tower & the valve cover? My buddy seems to think there simply isn't enough room to be able to remove the valve cover easily enough to be practical. I disagree.Also, any chassis guys out there that can be specific as to why NOT to eliminate the shock towers altogether if we're using a Heidt's (basically a MustangII front-end) front-end kit?
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Re: SOHC in a Fairlane.

I drove a '67 Mustang with a cammer in it...
All that was done to it was notched towers and bracing and it fit..
It wasn't my car and I didn't do the mech. work on it, but it was a
race car and nothing else...
I'll see if I can find any photos..
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