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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-23-2006, 10:02 AM Thread Starter
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There is a 67 Fairlne GT for sale somewhat locally. It got me to thinking that I dont really know much about this model. What is the norm for this car as far as powertrain. From what I gathered so far they were 390 4/v 4spd cars. Did they have the toploader? Did they have trac-loc with 31 spline? Didnt they have really great head on those engines? I guess what Im trying to find out is just how high performance was this car made from the factory? Was it a seriously built performer like some of the most of its day or was it kinda like the mustang gt today where it is a decent performer but not all that seriously optioned.

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MY opinion, I have had a few of them.But I think they are a great car with loads of potential.From the factory,they were somewhat lacking.They needed the same thing the GT Mustang needed....the Cobra Jet engine.With just a little bit of work,they are very powerful.Yeah,they had the toploader.Best 4 speed made.
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The 66's had the 390 4V as standard equipment in the GT. For 67 you could get a 289 2V up to a 390 4V in the GT. Equipped properly they were good performers but not great.
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I forgot to mention the standard tramsmission for the 66 GT's was a three speed manual. I think the 67's were the same. The optional four speed cars were toploaders but they also had an optional automatic. The GT 390 4V carbs were 600cfm Holley's. The heads were the same as the 390 2V station wagons got they just used better retainers and valve springs on the GT motors. Hope that helps.
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First check the data plate on the car to determine what it had from the factory. Second go back to the post of a few weeks ago. The 66 & 67 Fairlanes were available from mild to wild. Some were really terrors on the drag strips. There were many options available as over the counter items on these cars.

I still remember rolling one three times at 135MPH in third gear. Yup, it was a dealer installed Holman Moody option, that was available. It was supposed to be a drag strip car, and was changed to a 2.69 rear gear.

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Thanks guys. I have a 65 gal now, but an original 4-spd car is on my list of things to own.

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Take a read through my post of early March, when I describe what I had with a Fairlane GT of 1967 vintage.

Most all of the regular GT cars were equipped with a 390 of some sort and a four speed. The GTA got the 390 with an Automatic, and received the majority of ink in the magazines. Unlike previous posting, I only got 90 MPH in 2nd gear from mine.

Big thing I remember was that those engines were a bit hard on power steering and front suspension in general. So figure that into your costs too.

Odd thing about them is that mine felt a bit light, and easy to chirp the tires.

Pretty doubfull you will have a 31 splice axle rear end. Could easily have the traction-lok.

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