Jack Serota's 1967 Ford Fairlane
(from Volume 24, Issue 296)

story by owner Jack Serota, photos by Michael B. Kelly


It all started back when I was in high school in the early 70’s. My first car was a ‘67 Fairlane GT with a really tired 390 cubic inch engine. Out came the 390 and in went a 427, and wow what fun! Eventually I sold that Fairlane and moved on to a lot of other cars, but your first car always holds a special place in your heart.

I had been looking for about 2 years for a nice 1967 Ford Fairlane. Along the way I found plenty of 66’s and a lot of 1967 convertibles, but very few hardtops, which is what I was after. I found this Fairlane in Austin, Texas. The owner was into custom trucks and found another truck he wanted, so something had to go. This Fairlane started life as a “C” code 289, which is long gone. A title search shows only two previous owners for the car, with me being the third. The Wimbledon White paint with all original sheet metal and floors made this Fairlane an easy choice, so a deal was struck and the car was on its way to sunny Florida.

The car is now powered by a 351 Windsor motor with a TKO 500 5-speed manual transmission and a 9-inch rear end. Ramsey’s Performance in Lutz, Florida handled the suspension upgrades, reinforcing the power Mustang II rack and suspension that was in the car, and installing the Silver Sport 5-speed. The car rides on 18x7-inch front and 20x8-inch rear Billet Specialty wheels, and has 2-inch drop spindles. The interior was redone in the original materials and the dash features the rare radio delete option. Plus the Vintage Air makes this car a pleasure to drive in the Florida sun.

I am currently registered for the Hot Rod Power Tour for 2019, and am really looking forward to the drive! In addition to the big smile it will surely put on my face, I am sure spending so many miles behind the wheel will bring up fond flashbacks of the ‘67 Fairlane that was my first car, as I cruise my new ‘67 Fairlane down the road and make even more lasting memories. CN