White Lightning 1967 Ford Fairlane

White Lightning 1967 Ford Fairlane Article and photos by Larry Crain
       While every Ford fan seems to have concentrated on building Mustangs, Phil Davidson of Dickson, Tennessee went a whole different direction. His take on what a Ford muscle car should be is his Pro-Touring 1967 Ford Fairlane.
       Phil didn’t alter the stock 67’ Ford body one bit; he just had K & S Body Shop in Dickson straighten the body to perfection before painting it in Nissan Pearl White using the PPG base coat clear coat system. This color is not an in your face color but it is a perfect shade for making you think it is just another stocker, but beware, because it is really White Lightning ready to strike.
       The rumble of thunder under the hood of this Ford is a 302 Stroked to 347 cubic inches that pumps out 521 horsepower with 471 ft. lbs. of torque. Some of the many attention grabbing components of this beefy small block include a Rocky Hinge Street Drive V-Belt Drive System, ceramic coated Hooker Headers, Edelbrock high rise intake, Quick Fuel SS-650 Carburetor, Brodix aluminum heads, roller rockers and a thumping Comp Cam. A custom 3-inch Pypes Performance stainless steel exhaust system paired up with Borla stainless steel mufflers sounds awesome, but with just a flip of a switch, the electric cut outs to let you know lightning is about to strike.
       To back up this stout motor, Phil went with a TCI built Street Fighter C-4 that handles up to 650 horsepower. The rear end under the Fairlane tasked with handling Phil’s crazy driving is a Quick Performance Posi-Trac 9-inch Ford with 3.73 gears that has been narrowed 2 inches and set up with a Moser third member and Moser axles.
Keeping up with the speed of the drivetrain and making the car just as fast in the curves as the straights is a well thought suspension system. The missing front shock towers in the engine bay should be the first giveaway that all is not what it seems. The front suspension is a Mustang II Super-ride II with chrome QA1 Shocks while the rear is a 4 Link with chrome QA1 Shocks. The somewhat nod to the traditional muscle car look is the stance of the Fairlane that rolls on a set of 18x8 Ridler wheels on the front mounted with 245/40/18 Zenna Argus UHP tires while on the rear are 20x10 Ridler wheels mounted with 275/40/20 Zenna Argus UHP tires.
       Stopping power for this rolling chassis comes from a Wilwood brake system with front and rear red calipers working with 11 inch drilled and slotted rotors.
         The strictly business look of the black on black interior was handled by Gunther Design custom interiors. The interior has also been upgraded with a custom dash built by Phil’s son, Charlie, who set it up with digital gauges from Intellatronix. Other custom touches are the Ididit tilt column equipped with a Billet Specialties half-wrap steering wheel, and a Vintage Air a/c system.
         The two-year build of the Fairlane has been well rewarded with Phil picking up trophies at the 2016 World of Wheels in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Birmingham, Alabama along with a 2016 Pigeon Forge Rod Run Top 25.
       Keep your eyes and ears open for the sound of thundering exhaust as this case of white lightning is known to strike twice in the same spot with Phil at the wheel.
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K & S Body Shop
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Quick Fuel Carburetors
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    Thanks for the front page of your magazine, and the awesome write up & pictures inside
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