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?
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!
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?
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..