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The Fairmont was born

By: Dwight 08/23/2019

I purchased the car in 1986 and I enlisted the help of Warren Frank of Automotive Racing Cars (ARC). Warren upgraded the rear suspension, by installing a ladder bar suspension with coil over shocks, reinforced the rear end housing. I transplanted the engine from the Mustang to the Fairmont. My wife (Betty) continued to support my racing effort and be an integral part of the race team. The colors and the paint scheme were designed by her and she even came up with the name "Smart Money". It's quite amusing how that came about. When, I first brought the car home, it was just a rolling chassis. Betty took one look and I quote "We paid how much for this car"! I reluctantly reminded her and she came back with "God, I hope that's Smart Money". It originally had a my old engine from my Mustang a 302 and ran in the high 10's. Some time in about 1997 I had a friend Jeff Kundratic help me build another engine, a 351W stroke to a 396 which is still in use today, Although it's been freshen up a few times.


  • Heads - TFS Twisted Wedge R Series
  • Intake - Eldelbrock Super Victor
  • Carb - Holley 950
  • Fuel - Alky
  • Ignition - MSD with Delay Box
  • Transmission - C4 3sp with Brake 5000 Stall converter
  • Rear - Ford 9" Alum case w/ 4:86 gears, Strange Axles, Ladder Bars, Koni shocks, and wheelie bars
  • Brakes - Disc
  • Body - 80% Fiberglass

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