Muscle Car Garage – Build-up of Doug Shultz’s and Kim Wiland’s ’66 Fairlane

June 10th, 2010

Doug stands next to his project and heaves a sigh of relief. She is finally done and ready to do battle at the shows and on the road course.

How do most high-caliber muscle car projects start? When viewing the finished pavement bruiser of a ’66 Ford Fairlane 500 constructed by owner Doug Shultz only one word came to mind: vision. As the former owner of Street Works in Auburn, Washington, Doug spent many years crafting cars for customers, and even has a Goodguys Street Machine of the Year title under his belt from 2001, which was clinched with a blue ’67 Nova.  After shutting down his shop a few years back and getting tired of seeing Chevy after Chevy hit the events, Doug bought a 1966 Ford Fairlane 500 and started building his vision. The idea was to maintain a strong presence of ‘60s muscle car heritage, but blend modern tricks into the build like air ride suspension, big billet wheels and one nasty 514-ci Ford powerhouse. Doug tackled the build over a four-year period, and lucky for us documented the construction through every weld and knuckle-scraping moment. Check out the build-up of this amazing, scratch-built Fairlane.

Build Specs

1966 Ford Fairlane 500

Builder: Doug Shultz

Front Suspension: Modified Heidt’s Super-Ride II,

Air Ride Technologies Shockwaves

Rear Suspension: Parallel four-bar with Watts link, anti-roll bar,

Air Ride Technologies Shockwaves, Ford 9-inch differential

Chassis: 2 x 2 and 2 x 4 frame rails with 10-point roll cage

Brakes: Baer brakes 12-inch front and 13-inch rear


Front: Boyd 18 x 7 Hot Rod

Rear: Boyd 20 x 12 Hot Rod

Front: Michelin Pilot P225/40ZR18

Rear: Michelin Pilot P335/35ZR20

Transmission: Richmond six-speed

Paint and Body: Byers Custom and Restoration, PPG basecoat/clearcoat with Salsa Red and custom-mixed Titanium

Interior: McFarland Custom Upholstery (Titanium leather/Charcoal suede)

Body Modifications: Shaved door handles and trim, modified “R” code hood, custom integrated rear spoiler

Special Features: Owner-built, multi-port sequential fuel injection; bell crank actuated front anti-roll bar; remote control air ride, doors and trunk

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