Modified Mustangs & Fords
1957 Ford Fairlane - T-Bolt!
A New Twist On An Old Classic
Building the engine began with a Scat steel crank and H-beam rods connected to Ross 10.5:1 forged pistons. A Crower cam activates Manley valves (2.25 intake and 1.90 exhaust) with 1.76:1-ratio Crower rockers. Edelbrock aluminum heads and a Ford aluminum Tunnel Wedge intake create a free-flowing path for the air/fuel mixture, which is supplied by a pair of 710-cfm double-pumper Holley carbs. An MSD Blaster 2 coil and billet distributor create precisely timed explosions, while custom-made headers dump waste gases into a pair of Flowmaster mufflers that exit in front of the rear wheels. Big Bob's Hi Performance Engines in Edgewater, Florida, handled the engine build, with final flywheel dyno readings coming in at an awesome 657 hp. Johnny's Transmission shop in Deland, Florida, reworked the Top Loader four-speed trans to handle the load, and added a new Hurst floor shifter. Power is then fed to a 9-inch Ford rear running 4.10 gears and 33-spline axles. The awesome combination is as bulletproof as it is powerful!
Once all of the performance upgrades were complete, suspension mods were next on the agenda. Up front, the Fairlane uses tubular upper and lower control arms and in the rear, they fabricated a triangulated four-link. In keeping with their unique twist theme, the flashy Ford's altitude is now under the driver's control, thanks to the new air suspension system. Pressurized with a trunk-mounted compressor and reserve tank, the RideTech system fills the bags using quarter-inch lines to position the car "low for show," "high for the highway," or anywhere in between. The final handling mod was the disc brake upgrade that is guaranteed to haul the T-Bolt down from speed quickly. The system starts with late-model Lincoln rotors and calipers up front, and ends with a modified Mustang package in the rear.
Once the suspension and powertrain were complete, the interior was next. Naturally, it had a twist of its own. The raucous, retina-searing red leatherette interior follows the original '57 Fairlane theme, but incorporates embossed Thunderbolt and 427 graphics throughout. There's even a custom-made mechanic's fender protector, stitched to match, and laid in place during maintenance. Schreck's Upholstery in Deland, handled the task. The build team followed up with an ididit column and classic, vintage steering wheel, proudly displaying its Holman and Moody logo. The dash was smoothed and an updated package of Classic Instruments gauges added. The trunk, upholstered to match the interior, has a removable rear panel that opens to reveal the RideTech suspension components.
The final step was reworking the '57 Ford's sheetmetal, and like the rest of the car, all of the body mods were kept subtle. Since many believe the '57 is one of the best Ford designs ever, the changes were minimal, and concentrated on proper fit and finish. The indents around the rear wheel openings were smoothed and, with the exception of the hood and trunk, all of the emblems and names were removed along with the side chrome. The bumpers and grille were triple chrome-plated to highlight the Ford's classic styling. Dennis and Dave prepped the car for paint and turned it over to the spray gun wizards at Klamo Garage in Edgewater, Florida. The color scheme combines House of Kolor Platinum on the bottom along with a custom blend of Silver and HOK White Pearl on top. A bright red graphic separates the two colors, while picking up the interior shade. The rejuvenated "T-Bolt" rolls on classic American Racing Torque Thrust II rims, 17x7 up front and 17x10 in the rear.