1967 Ford Fairlane ‘Black Ops’ by Steve Strope

1967-fairlane-steve-strope-rearSteve Strope of Pure Vision Design was in the spotlight a few years ago with the Martini Mustang. He was back at SEMA 2014 with a real head turner, and quite possibly my favorite car of the whole show! This 1967 Ford Fairlane is called “Black Ops” and it was on display at the Dynamat/Dynamic Control booth in the Central Hall.

The name Black Ops warrants an explanation, seeing as the car is not painted black, but rather, a very pretty blue and gold. The concept for this car was to build an “experimental” racer as it might have been built back in the late 1960s. It is not based on any particular car that actually existed, but sought to recreate a “factory test mule” using period-correct parts and technologies.

Some of the unique features of the car are the 427 cubic inch SOHC “cammer” motor by Ed Pink, paired with a set of four 2-barrel Holley carbs using “Le Mans” racing bowls. The car also features a torsion bar suspension, which would have been cutting-edge stuff in this car’s time.

Steve Strope pulled off a number of other tricks including the 15″ Lamborghini Miura-style wheels, which were machined from solid billet by EVOD. The trunk lid has an active air brake – something which would not have been allowed in any racing class of the era.

I absolutely love the blue and gold color combo, which really highlights the car’s gorgeous shape. The motor is impossibly clean and it’s just a winning car, any way you look at it. I wasn’t the only one to think so, because this car received “Best of Show” from Ford and a coveted Mother’s Shine Award. To Steve and the guys at Pure Vision Design – congratulations on an amazing build!

Engine and Driveline
427 SOHC motor by Ed Pink
Four two-barrel Holley carburetors featuring rare “Le Mans” racing bowls
Aced Autoworks Bud Moore style tubular headers
Top loader 4-speed transmission
Speedway quick-change rear end

Suspension, Brake, and Wheels
Global West upper/lower A-arm suspension
Heidt’s triangulated 4-link rear suspension
JRI double-adjustable shocks
Evod 15″ solid billet Lamborghini Miura-style wheels

Body and Exterior
Active air brake on trunk lid

Erik Thorsen custom upholstery
Dynamat flooring
Flaming River steering column