Factory Style Tear Drop H
Factory Style Trunk Lid
Factory Style Doors
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Lite weight Ford Thunderbolt fiberglass parts; front end, doors, hood, rear bumper, trunk lid, and complete body manufactured by Gary Matthews Race Cars...designed and built for the racer & street enthusiast! Each piece is 100% made in the USA, hand laid material to our specs and q uality controlled through each step . So when you get the items its ready to be mounted, prep, & painted.
We're making the Ford Thunderbolt Great Again!
1964 Ford Thunderbolt Body n' Parts
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Shipping not included in price, parts shipped via truck freight. Note; parts can be picked up at shop or at shows. Pick-up at show items include: (doors, hood, bumper, & trunk lid).
Remembering "The Sixties"-hot pants and hot rods, black and white TV, the Andy Griffith show, songs of puppy love and cars-we rocked n' rolled to Elvis, the Beatles, and the Beach Boys on AM radio. No Ipads or cell phones. If you were in high school, your thoughts were of Friday night football and Saturday night cruising and racing.
beats in the heart of every drag racer!
This was a specially prepared lightweight drag vehicle capable of running low 11's in the 1/4 mile.
The year, 1963 a dealership named Tasca Ford from East Providence, RI and a racer Bob Tasca was running a '62 Fairlane stuffed with a 406ci engine that captured Ford Motor Company's attention. So, these two forces joined together to create a heart throbbing; adrenalin rushing, black top pavement roaring 427ci 425 horsepower, 4sp transmission test car. It became known as the king daddy of them all Ford Thunderbolt, and the rest is history. This gave Ford the opportunity to run with the MOPAR Max Wedge and the soon to be released Hemi. The old saying "Win on Sunday sell on Monday"
The first production, in late '63 eleven cars were built at the Dearborn plant as a Fairlane 500 2 door sedan and came in burgundy with tan interior and delivered to Dearborn Steel Tubing (DST). DST was chosen to do the conversion work to build these cars into full-fledged drag beasts. They were completely dismantled for the transformation and built minus sound deadener, sealer, insulation, no radios, heaters, or rear side window cranking mechanisms and the side windows were Plexiglas. With an optional 289/271 engine, which was later used in the Mustang GT. The car came equipped with a 427 High Riser race engine with unique ram air induction system, dual four barrel Holley carburetors, 12 to 1 compression ratio, tubular headers, aluminum scatter shield, four-speed transmission, 9" rear, drag suspension, trunk mounted battery, electric fuel pump, heavy duty brakes, tachometer, gauges, special wheels and drag tires.
Nine were done and presented to the drag teams at the same time. All of these cars were identical, except for one automatic. It was driven by Paul Harvey and sponsored by Bob Ford in Dearborn. Tragically, it was destroyed in a crash after being sold in 1965, killing the driver. If this was not demolished it would be a very valuable Thunderbolt today.
Stock Rear Bumper PN# FT64RB
* 100% Made in the USA
* Rear wheel wells stretched slightly for slicks
* Fiberglass Body weight approx: 150 lbs (+/-)
Complete race cars in chrome molly tubing are available. See pic below of current car in-progress.