Dennis McPhail's 1960 Ford

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A photo of the Fairlane taken at the 2010 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California. The car won the "Early Full Custom 55-64 Class" at the show.
Another photo from the 2010 Grand National Roadster Show. Photo courtesy of BangShift.com.
Dennis' Fairlane was featured in Rod & Custom January 2010. Photo courtesy of Rod & Custom Magazine.
Photo courtesy of Rod & Custom Magazine.
Photo courtesy of Rod & Custom Magazine.
Photo courtesy of Rod & Custom Magazine.
Dennis Fairlane was featured on the cover of Traditional Rod & Kulture Illustrated Issue 21.
A photo of Jerzy with the car the day he got it. Photo courtesy of Jerzy Saganowski.
Jerzy drove the car locally for a short stint before he on December 3, 2011 took it to New York City with a pal. Near Madison Square Garden a tour bus plowed into Jerzy while he was parked on the street. Photo courtesy of Jerzy Saganowski.
This photo shows the car as it appeared after the accident. Photo courtesy of Jerzy Saganowski.
Photo courtesy of Jerzy Saganowski.
In the Spring of 2012 the car went back to Jeff Myers in Kansas where it was completely rebuilt and restored over a 2 years period. Photo courtesy of Jerzy Saganowski.
Jeff Myers working on the car in November of 2012. Photo courtesy of Jeff Myers, from the HAMB.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Myers, from the HAMB.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Myers, from the HAMB.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Myers, from the HAMB.
In January of 2014 the Farilane was ready for paint. Photo courtesy of Jeff Myers, from the HAMB.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Myers, from the HAMB.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Myers, from the HAMB.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Myers, from the HAMB.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Myers, from the HAMB.
Jerzy's Fairlane as it appeared after Jeff had completed the rebuild. Jeff's 1963 Ford Galaxie is parked next to the car in the photo. Photo courtesy of Jeff Myers, from the HAMB.
A photo of the car after Jerzy got it back in 2014. Photo courtesy of Jerzy Saganowski.
Photo courtesy of Jerzy Saganowski.
Photo courtesy of Jerzy Saganowski.
Photo courtesy of Jerzy Saganowski.
Photo courtesy of Jerzy Saganowski.
Photo courtesy of Jerzy Saganowski.
Photo courtesy of Jerzy Saganowski.
Photo courtesy of Jerzy Saganowski.
Photo courtesy of Jerzy Saganowski.
Some of the magazines the car has been featured in. Photo courtesy of Jerzy Saganowski.
Photo courtesy of Jerzy Saganowski.
Photo courtesy of Jerzy Saganowski.
Photo courtesy of Jerzy Saganowski.

1960 Ford Fairlane owned by Beatniks member Dennis McPhail of Wellington, Kansas. In 2010 Dennis told Kustoms Illustrated that he had been chasing the Fairlane around Wellington for 16 years before he was able to buy it. He first saw it on the streets, driving around on the day he applied for a job at Halibrand Wheels.[1]


Contents

Wichita Style

Being from Kansas, Dennis wanted to restyle the car in an early 1960s Starbird/Wichita style. Darryl Starbird's Predicta was the main inspiration for the build.[1]


Restyled by Hooligan Hot Rod

The floorboards, lower quarters and the rocker panels had to be replaced before Dennis began restyling the car. Hooligan Hot Rods of Wichita was commissioned to slice 9 inches out of the width of the roof and move it forward, making the quarter windows shorter, giving the car a "coupe" like top. Hooligans also nosed, decked and shaved the car for trim and door handles. The gas door was also welded shut, and the hood received porthole scoops. Multiple frenched and tunneled antennas were added to the body and dash. The rear wheel wells were radiused and fleared to match the front wheel wells. The rear fins were extended by 2", and the front fender peaks were extended by 1.5".[1]


Body and Paint by Jeff Myers

Jeff Myers at Premier Body and Paint took over the build after Hooligans.[1] He molded the taillights and grille opening before a custom made floating tube grille by Clay Melton wasinstalled. The hood corners were also rounded before Jeff painted the car with a custom mix of "House of Kolor" and Sikkens lacquers. The body consisted of House of Kolor laquer with clear, over light purple metallic, single stage Sikkens base. He gave it a traditional fadeaway paint job. The top and dashboard was painted white pearl with Metalflake. The dash was then pinstriped by Blaine "BlaineO" Scott.[2]


Stardust Upholstery

The interior and headliner were upholstered in pearl white Naugahyde in a tuck & roll style. The work was done by Stardust Upholstery. Plush black carpets were used on the floors.[2]


Dennis fit the Fairlane with custom ordered chrome reverse 15 inch wheels from Rally America and Hankook radial tires. The engine and transmission, a 289 and a C4, was taken from a 1967 Ford Mustang. The chassis work was performed by Clark's Hot Rod Repair.[2]


The 2010 Grand National Roadster Show

The build was completed in 2010, and the same year Dennis won the "Early Full Custom 55-64 Class" with the Fairlane at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California.[2]


Sold to Jerzy Saganowski

In September 2011 Dennis sold the Fairlane to Jerzy Saganowski of Park Ridge, New Jersey. As Jerzy is using a wheelchair, the car went straight to a disability vendor to have hand controls installed. Power brakes were also installed before Jerzy got the car back in November 2011.[2]


Tour Bus Accident

Jerzy drove the car locally for a short stint before he on December 3, 2011 took it to New York City with a pal. Near Madison Square Garden a tour bus plowed into Jerzy while he was parked on the street.[2]


Rebuilt by Jeff Myers

Jerzy had barely put 100 miles on the car when he was hit by the bus. In the Spring of 2012 the car went back to Jeff Myers in Kansas where it was completely rebuilt and restored over a 2 years period. During the rebuild Jeff also installed a Vintage Air air condition unit and hidden tiny front turnsignals.[2]


For Sale

Jerzy got the rebuilt car back in June of 2014. He has been a quadriplegic since 1990, and as he is deteriorating physically the car is now longer practical for him to use, so in 2016 he decided to advertise the car for sale. In March of 2017 Jersy was asking $16,000 USD for the car. Click here to check out the ad on the HAMB.[2]


Magazine Features and Appearances

Rod & Custom January 2010
Traditional Rod & Kulture Illustrated Issue 21
Kustoms Illustrated 25
Gears & Gals Issue 6, 2012


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Kustoms Illustrated 25
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Jerzy Saganowski





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