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What are your working on? 1967 Ford Fairlane GTA Convertible

We keep you posted on our Project Cars but there is a lot more going on out there. We like to have you update us on what is in your garage and what you are working on…or have just completed. Here is a recent contribution from California.

Rick Schutte found this 1967 Ford Fairlane GTA Convertible in the back yard of a guy in the desert town of Victorville California. It had been sitting there since the 1980’s and  had eroded into a pretty bad condition. However, upon investigation Rick discovered the original engine and transmission were still in the car. His wife told him, “ you have to save it.” Lucky man to have a wife like that! He double checked the numbers to make sure they were matching and offered the guy $1800. The seller said he had never had that much money in his hand at one time and the deal was done. The couple aired up all the 30 year old tires and pushed it up on the trailer. Their neighbors saw them pull up the street with the less than perfect convertible and thought he had lost his mind. He assured his them that it would not be sitting in the front yard and told the skeptics to just wait and see; a little time, money and elbow grease and she will come back to life.

First thing Rick and his wife did was remove all the cob webs and nasty critters hidden in her recesses…a few black widows but no scorpions or brown recluse. Then he took his time dismantling it; floor boards were bad, small rust spots on doors and rear fenders, trunk was good and frame sound. The dismantling was followed with welding in all new floor boards, new metal in the corners of doors and rear quarters.  The original 289 was pulled and a “virgin block” that had never been bored or rebuilt was discovered.

It was bored 10 over, balanced, a bullet proof 347 Stroker kit, nice cam, Ford GT heads, Eldebrach intake, Holley 4 barrel, and headers completed the build. The GTA 289 is now pushing horsepower up around 375-400. The C4 tranny was sent to Ford to be rebuilt and repainted. An upgraded shift kit with a  heavier Torque converter to handle the new horsepower was installed. The rear end is a Ford 8 inch with 311 highway gears. These are  great on the freeway and with California gas prices they help with gas mileage. Rick installed all new brakes; the Fairlane GTA’s came with Dual Caliber Front Disc Brakes. To complete the job he also installed new brake lines, Vacuum booster, master cylinder, rear drum brakes and cylinders, etc. For the suspension upgrades new shocks and bushings, new steering arms and bushings were added and she rides really nice. Can’t have all that power running through dirty liquids so a new gas tank and a new radiator were included.

Details are important and that philosophy carries over to the re-chromed bumpers, window frames, light trim, door handles etc. New headlights and lamp lenses were also changed out.

The interior includes all new door handles, all dash and speedo bezels were re-chromed and even a  new quartz clock. All new Parchment upholstery, door panels, carpet, even the Lear 8 track tape player was rebuilt with new speakers. A new white convertible top, motor, lines and cylinder were included plus the top frame was refurbished. All new window, door, trunk, hood and top seals.

Tires and wheels make a car and Rick choose to go with 15 inch Torque Thrust Rims and TA white letter radials, always a good choice on vintage iron. Only thing more important that tires and wheels is the paint and body. Rick choose to go with black lacquer paint with white GT stripes. The Fairlane has correct GT hood scoops with all new trim and even includes the working turn signals. The perfect final touch is the correct and restored California Black License Plates.

This Fairlane was originally white, with white Parchment interior but Rick states that he just had to paint her black! The whole project took a little over a year to complete, but the fresh 1967 Ford Fairlane GTA Convertible draws a lot of attention and trophies at Car shows.

He says it has been a lot of fun bringing this sweet bit of American history back to life. Now she is back on the road with a little attitude. If you are ever in the High Desert area of California keep an eye out for Rick Schutte and his wife in there beautiful GTA Convertible.

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Richard

I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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18 Comments

  1. Thanks Don, Fairlane’s are nice mid size cars, they ride and drive nice. This is my second 67 fairlane, the first was a black 500xl fast back…

  2. Rick, amazing job. We are new owners of a 67 Fairlane 500 Convertible, working on restoring that now. Great inspiration to see your cars.

  3. Rick
    What color is the interior today? Parchment usually looks more like a brown paper bag to me. This looks more white to my eye. I really like it and would like to do the same. Could you email me where you purchased the seat covers? Thanks.

  4. Steve, I used parchment vinyl seat covers from Dearborns but I painted interior dash and door
    Metal with custom off white. The convertible top is same off white as are the GT stripes. That helps to tie it all together …

  5. Steve, I used parchment vinyl seat covers from Dearborns but I painted interior dash and door
    Metal with custom off white. The convertible top is same off white as are the GT stripes. That helps to tie it all together …

    Thanks…. Have fun with yours. If you have any questions let me know. This is my second fairlane restoration,

  6. Thank you Rick. I will take you up on that and will try not to abuse the privilege. Shoot me an email directly sometime so I don’t clog up your thread here. This is our first car restoration. We’ve done old boats though, a 1973 31′ Bertram, a 1965 16′ Boston Whaler, and a 1968 13′ Boston Whaler, all three are show quality time capsules, one made the cover of the Boston Whaler Calendar. The first thing I noticed with cars is there is a lot more information and parts available, compared to boats. Our entire country has such a strong historic legacy with cars. This project is a father/son thing before he goes to college, he’s really into this stuff. Thanks.

  7. Rick
    What size wheels and tires do you have on both of your Fairlanes? I would like to do close to the original look with the Styled Steel Wheels. However, most new disc brake kits call for 15″ wheels. The repro styled steel wheels come in 15×6, 15×7, and 15×8. 8’s are too big I believe. I was leaning toward 15×6’s all the way around. Any suggestion on tire sizes? Thanks.

  8. Steve 15×6 in the front and 15x7s in back work, but the offset is critical…it has to be aprox 4 1/2 in off set in rear.
    the original fairlanes had 14 in wheels mostly. you could order them with 15’s.
    my Fairlanes have 15×8 in rear but… they will rub if not preped before hand

  9. Rick,
    The 15×8’s have 4.5″ offset per the manufacturers site here: I have read that most people have to roll the inside lip on the rear fenders to accommodate the 8″ wheels. I think I would tend to go with the 7’s in the rear and 6’s in the front. Do believe the 7’s would require 4.5″ offset? They only have 4.12″ per the site. Thanks.

  10. When i put the 7″s in the rear on my first fairlanne i had people say they looked too narrow and they did. it is the inner fender in the rear, not the out fender that needs adjusting to fit the 15×8″s… it looks great having a much wider tire. but that is your decision if you want to hastle with that.

  11. Rick, any chance I could get a picture of the car from the rear end so I can see how the wider tires look?

  12. Rick, gorgeous car, and great work! I am just about to get my ’67 Fairlane convertible project going again (I’ve had it since I was 15), and am having a heck of a time finding the right fuel tank. Is it the same tank as was in the 2-door hardtop? If not, where did you find yours? Mine is now full of rust and sludge, and not sure I can save it. Thanks, TJ – mista.iv@gmail.com

  13. hi TJ, i found at a replacement on ebay motors. just search 67 fairlane and you will have pages of items. it fit well but the neck was a 1/2″ shorter than original which i modified. other than that it worked fine.

  14. Any idea where I can find a r/h visor bracket for a 1967 / 68 Fairlane convert?

    Ford C70B 7604146 or C80Z 760416

    Thanks Ken

  15. MY second new car was a factory ordered 66 Fairlane gta red with black guts I had the first one in ILLINOIS BACK IN THE DAY THE GTA WAS FASTER THEN THE GT. I PUT A LOT OF MOPES, GTOS, AND CHEVELLES AWAY, I PUT A 3.9 REAREND IN IT IT WAS A SHIT N GETTER WITH CHEATER SLICKS. I LOVED IT TILL THE 67 MUSTANG GTAS CAME OUT HAD TO GET ME ONE. IT WAS GREAT WITH A 3.9 REAREND.
    MY FASTEST CAR WAS A 68 L88 VETTE ROADSTER.THAT VETTE WOULD SHIT N GET FASTER, IF YOU COPULD DRIVE IT.

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