KEN SANDHAM

KEILOR, VICTORIA

STORY KIAN HEAGNEY

WE BUMPED into Ken Sandham and his old-school-cool Fairlane at the 2019 All Ford Day. Having seen the car at the of times, we couldnít pass up the opportunity to grab Ken for a quick chat.

People keep asking me when Iím going to paint it, but I have no intentions of painting it

How did you get into cars?

Iíve always been into cars for as long as I can remember. Just about all of my family have worked for Ford at some point, so Iíve always had Fords at home. Iíve owned an XW ute, a í63 two-door Fairlane, a 351 XF ute and heaps of others. Iíve only got one non-Ford, which is a í41 Willys pick-up with a Hemi, but I think thatís acceptable.

How did you come across the Fairlane?

I wanted to build a pro streeter, and this Fairlane popped up for sale just around the corner. Itíd actually been for sale for a little while, but nobody had picked it up. think it was a bit of an ugly duckling scenario, but I loved it and snatched it up in 2017.

Howís it progressed since then?

I drove it around for a while with the standard 289 and auto before slotted in a 347 Windsor and C4 trans. I also tubbed the rear and fitted some 315 tyres underneath the thing. People keep asking me when Iím going to paint it, but have no intentions of painting it. It looks tough and goes well, which is what I wanted.

Weíve seen it at the drags a fair few times; how does it go?

Itís done a best of 12.41@110mph so far, but I donít want to throw much more gearing at it as I do a fair few highway miles in it. Iíve got five cars and this is the only one on club plates, and I regret it! I get it out for a drive at least twice a week and I miss it every time Iím not driving it. Iím considering putting it on full reg.

Whatís the future plans for it?

Iíve got a fully built 427 with a ProCharger to go into it, which should hopefully get it into the 10s, but the chassis is going to need some more work like a ícage before I can run that thing up. I should probably replace the brakes as well; stopping at that speed with the standard drums is pretty scary! I might even take it on Drag Challenge next year if things go my way.

Any other projects on the go?

Well, the engine thatís in the Fairlane right now is actually supposed to be in my XL Falcon wagon. Once yank the 347 out of the Fairlane Iíll chuck it into the wagon and maybe throw to some handle nitrous it. s onto it, because I built the motor