After hauling to mid eights and multiple wins in a Fox body Mustang in NMRA QA1 True Street presented by Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords from 2005-2010, Allen Hurley climbed out of the small-block Ford- and nitrous-powered car to spend time with family.
But a hankering to get back to hanging hoops about a year ago set off a search for what he referred to as “the perfect car.” His friends, including 2016 NMCA Wiseco Street Outlaw champion Jacky McCarty, asked him repeatedly what he considered to be a “perfect car,” and his response — repeatedly — was “I’ll know it when I see it.”
As it turned out, it was a ’67 Fairlane he found four months ago on a Website, which he bought sight unseen and had delivered from its seller near Detroit, Michigan to his home in Bristol, Tennessee.
The car came equipped with a small-block Ford, and while Hurley has been driving it on the street, he has plans to take it to the strip.
“I was going to put a 702 cubic-inch big-block Ford in it, but Jacky (McCarty) talked me into putting a Coyote engine in it with twin turbos,” said Hurley, with a laugh. “We’ll buy a built-up shortblock from a shop, and then take it back to McCarty Performance to finish it up, and we’ll work with the factory Ford heads because they make ridiculous amounts of power. Then, we’ll use Hellion parts for the turbos.”
McCarty Performance also will remove the existing rollbar, fabricate a new rollcage and upgrade the suspension for the car, which will roll on drag radials while laying down what Hurley estimates will be between 1200 to 1300 horsepower in NMRA QA1 True Street presented by Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords and eventually ProCharger Coyote Modified.
“We’ll have the car done by February or March of 2017, and then we’ll test,” said Hurley, who shares a passion for racing with his wife, Veronica, daughter, Jazmin, and son, Noah, who will soon be behind the wheel of a 2015 Mustang. “I wanted something nobody else has, and I believe I’ll have it with this Fairlane.”