Ford achieved respectable NASCAR finishes with the Galaxie; however, its weight rendered it unsuitable for the NHRA Super Stock and prevented it from contending with Hemi-

powered Dodges and Plymouths. Ford adopted a lighter and more compact chassis and focused on developing the 1963 Fairlane.

Despite this, the transformation of the Fairlane into the Thunderbolt was not a straightforward undertaking, as they had to stuff a monstrous 7.0-liter V8 into a hood that

had previously housed a Windsor small block. The Ford Fairlane made its factory

experimental debut in 1964 as a drag-race-only vehicle, featuring a beast from a bus in

place of the battery that had been relocated to the trunk. It was based on the fourth- generation Ford Fairlane coupe.