1964 Ford Fairlane Not Your Grandfather’s Thunderbolt
“I think I may have overdone this.”– Colin Sebern

Tribute to a Champion

This 1964 Fairlane was built to look like the Ford Thunderbolt, a limited production, factory lightweight drag racing vehicle. Approximately 100 vehicles were produced. The Thunderbolt dominated the drag strip and secured the 1964 NHRA Super Stock Championship. But make no mistake, Thunderbolts never went this fast.

1964 Ford Fairlane Project

Driver: Colin Sebern, San Francisco Ca.

Usage: Daily Driver / Test Vehicle / Drag Vehicle

Fairlane Build


  • Build: Colin Sebern
  • 1200+ rear-wheel horsepower (est.)
  • Rear axle: CorteX Racing cambered (-1.0º) full-floating 8.8″ housing with Strange Engineering S-Trac differential, Ford Racing 3.27 final gear and CorteX Racing 300M 35-spline axles
  • Transmission: GearStar Pro Level IV GM Performance 4L85E 4-Speed Automatic Overdrive Transmission. Custom Yank Performance 11″ billet 3400RPM stall lock-up converter. Rossler Ross-Lock™ Transmission Brake
  • Front Suspension: CorteX Xtreme-Grip™ Vintage Builder Kit
    • CorteX Racing SLA and tubular K-member
    • CorteX Severe Duty control arms
    • CorteX adjustable antiroll bar
    • CorteX/JRi adjustable coilovers
  • Rear SuspensionCorteX Xtreme-Grip™ Vintage System (Full)
    • CorteX Watt’s link
    • CorteX Torque arm
    • CorteX/JRi adjustable coilovers
  • Engine block: Dart Iron Eagle Ford 9.5″ 351 Windsor
  • Displacement: 427ci (7.0L) 4.125″ x 4.00″
  • Rotating assembly: Callies Magnum billet crankshaft, Ultra I-Beam Connecting Rods, Diamond 2618 Alloy Pistons, Moly Skirt Coating, Ceramic Dome Coating, H-13 Tool Steel Pins
  • Cylinder heads: Dart 20º Pro1 Aluminum CNC, 2.08″ SS Intake, 1.60″ Inconel Exhaust, 62cc Chambers, 225cc Intake Runners (Port-Matched)
  • Camshaft: Custom grind Cam Motion low-lash solid roller
  • Valvetrain: Jesel Sportsman aluminum adjustable shaft rocker system
  • Induction: Twin (Mirror-Image) Nelson Racing/Turbonetics GenII 72mm ball-bearing water-cooled turbochargers, Holley Hi-Ram lower intake manifold (Port-Matched), Shearer Fabrication Low-Profile 1800HP Hi-Ram Intercooler, Holley 105mm throttle body, (2) Turbosmart 50mm GenV Pro-Gate Wastegates, Turbosmart Race-Port BOV
  • Oiling: Moroso Performance fully fabricated rear wet-sump road race Fox body oil pan with crankshaft scrapper, partition-louvered windage tray, trailing kick-out and high G-load trap doors
  • Fueling: Holley 220lb/hr flow-matched injectors, 16-gallon fabricated tank with ATL road race 3-door baffled sump, (2) electric in-tank TI Automotive (Dodge Hellcat/Demon) 525LPH fuel pumps and Deutsch Autosport hermetic fuel-safe bulkhead connector
  • Engine Management: Holley Dominator EFI
  • Ignition: MSD Pro 600CDI 8-channel capacitive discharge ignition with individual coils
  • Cooling: Griffin Radiator, Edelbrock Victor water pump, (2) Spal Extreme-Duty Fans. Separate 5 gallon closed-loop, variable flow inter-cooling system with air-water heat exchanger.
  • Technology: 4-channel independent road race (high duty cycle) Anti-Lock disc braking system with active fault recovery. Real-time, driver adjustable traction control via active torque management. Real-time wheelie control with active laser ride height monitoring. Real-time, driver adjustable stability control via 2-Axis IMU and steering angle.
  • Brakes: Front: 13″ Girodisc 2-piece vented rotors with 2-piston Ford/PBR SN95 Mustang Cobra floating calipers, Rear: 12″ Girodisc 2-piece vented rotors with single-piston Ford S197 Mustang floating calipers
    Tires: Front: 215/60VR16 Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season, Rear: 295/55/15 Mickey Thompson ET Street
  • Wheels: Front: 16″×7″ American Racing Classic Torq Thrust II, Rear: 15″×8.5″ American Racing Torq Thrust D
  • Amenities: Air Conditioning, Electronic Power Steering, Apple CarPlay

Project Top Gun
Building a tribute to the heyday of TA racing