STREET RODDER Magazine's Best Ford in a Ford
Presented by Ford Racing

Just the Facts
Year: 1966
Make: Ford
Model: Fairlane
Owner: Dick Brereton
State: South Carolina

While attending the 14th Annual Syracuse Nationals at the New York State Fairgrounds it was a perfect time for STREET RODDER and Ford Racing's recognition of street rodders who install a late-model Ford engine in a Ford hot rod. Walking the event we came across a classic 1966 Ford Fairlane packed with a Ford Racing 5.4L Mustang SVT supercharged crate engine linked to a TREMEC six-speed trans owned by Dick Brereton of Anderson, South Carolina, who is our latest award recipient. To add plenty of punch to his Fairlane, Brereton selected the engine due to its 500hp rating and the fact that it came complete with its Eaton supercharger and all accessories. Utilizing the available controls pack from Ford Racing made getting everything dialed in and running a snap. Horsepower moves through a TREMEC six-speed trans topped by a B&M shifter with a Hurst pistol grip. A custom driveshaft then links to a Ford 9-inch rear filled with 31-spline axles and 3.50:1 gears. Brereton continued by adding a Rod & Custom Motorsports IFS complete with tubular upper and lower control arms and coilover shocks while a four-link with coilovers was used out back. Custom owner-fabbed front to rear frame connectors were then added along with 12-inch Wilwood drilled discs and four-piston calipers. Racline wheels, 17-inch front and 18-inch rear, capped with Goodyear rubber seals the deal. To get the original body razor sharp, Brereton contacted Nick Dowis to handle all custom fabrication, including fitment of the fiberglass hood and bumpers. Dowis then laid down the gunmetal gray metallic luster. Finally, the interior was covered in black leather by Billy Owens of Got U Covered while a custom dash holds Classic Instruments dials to monitor the vitals. Congratulations to Brereton who will receive a limited-edition jacket as the award winner.