Nic Conley
July 30, 2012

More retro-rod look is available when the door is opened. Basic black upholstery and carpet give it a no-frills cleanliness. Chip Knight Upholstery expertly custom-fit the '64 Galaxie seats into the '56 after wrapping them with black leather, and Mark Larson handled the carpet and headliner. A full array of Auto Meter gauges keeps tabs on the monster mill's vitals, while still looking like they belong there.

When Eric decided to ditch the "pearl marshmallow" look by repainting the body, he didn't have to look any further than his own cousin, Ronnie Hall, for the extreme hue change. Ronnie has done several award-winning paintjobs in the Boise valley over the years, and is very well known for his spectacular work. After extensively modifying the teardrop hoodscoop to accommodate the huge mill, Ronnie laid on the PPG basecoat/clearcoat that looks to be a foot deep. While the car was being painted, Greg Williams polished all of the stainless trim to a mirror finish.

Twylla and Eric have known each other for 35 years, and have been married for more than 26 of them. Surely, she might have reconsidered her decision to buy the '56 for Eric had she known what an obsession it would turn out to be, but she and their sons, Drue and Austin, have been there to help and have supported him through all the changes the car has undergone.

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The Details

Eric And Twylla Hall's '56 Ford Fairlane Victoria

Engine

  • Ford Boss 429 block, 572 ci
  • Eagle connecting rods
  • Ross custom pistons
  • Scat crankshaft
  • Boss 429 cylinder heads, full race port by Wes King
  • Custom John Kaase spec'd Comp Cams solid roller camshaft, 0.850/0.830 lift 286/340 duration at 0.050
  • Jack Roush tunnel ram with dual Holley 1150 Dominator carburetors
  • 15:1 compression ratio
  • Estimated at more than 1,000 hp

Transmission

  • Jerico five-speed manual
  • McLeod twin-disc clutch

Rearend

  • Moser 9-inch axle housing, Moser aluminum third member
  • 4.33 ring-and-pinion/Moser axles
  • Mark Williams Accu-bond driveshaft

Exhaust

  • Custom-built fenderwell headers, 23?8-inch primaries
  • Borla race mufflers
  • 4-inch exhaust

Brakes

  • Front: Aerospace Components disc
  • Rear: Aerospace Components disc
  • Underdash 90-degree power brake booster

Wheels

  • Front: Weld Magnum III Drag, 15x3.5
  • Rear: Weld Magnum III Drag, 15x15

Tires

  • Front: Sigma Grand Spirit HR+4 P155/80R15
  • Rear: Coker Tire Pro-Trac S515/45-15

Suspension

  • Front: Custom-built straight-axle with rack-and-pinion steering, Afco shocks
  • Rear: Ladder bar, QA1 coilover shocks

Interior

  • '64 Galaxie bucket seats and rear seat upholstered in black leather, Auto Meter gauges

Exterior

  • Black PPG basecoat/clearcoat, custom-built "teardrop" hoodscoop widened and raised to clear carburetors, polished stainless moldings