Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
January 1, 2013
Photos By: Mark Houlahan

The Details

Paul Kistler's 1957 Ford Ranchero

Engine
496ci FE, Dove Manufacturing aluminum block, built by Paul Kistler of Kistler Engines Inc. (Fremont, OH)
4.250-inch bore
4.375-inch stroke
Forged steel crankshaft, internally balanced
Eagle I-beam 6.700-inch connecting rods
JE pistons
Dove SOHC aluminum cylinder heads, ported and polished, Ferrea 2.300-inch intake/1.900-inch exhaust valves, Isky coil springs, T&D 1.32:1 rocker arms
Competition Cams camshafts, 268 at 0.050/0.482-inch lobe lift
Hogan-fabricated aluminum intake manifold
F.A.S.T. EFI system with 102mm throttle body, 60-lb/hr fuel injectors, coil-on-plug ignition
MSD Ignition coils
Owner-fabricated dual air filter assembly
10.5:1 compression ratio
751 hp at 7,000 rpm
656 lb-ft of torque at 5,100 rpm

Transmission
Performance Automatic C4
11-inch, 2,500-rpm stall converter
Gear Vendors overdrive unit

Rearend
Art Morrison 9-inch rearend
4.11 gears
Traction-Lok differential

Exhaust
Custom stainless steel headers fabricated by Bonnell's Rod Shop, 1¾-inch primaries
Stainless 3-inch exhaust with Stainless Works mufflers

Suspension
Art Morrison
Front: Double A-arm with Strange Engineering coilover shocks
Rear: Tri 4-Bar with Strange Engineering coilover shocks

Brakes
Front: Wilwood disc, 13-inch cross-drilled two-piece rotors, six-piston calipers
Rear: Wilwood disc, 13-inch cross-drilled two-piece rotors, four-piston calipers
QTM Sprint Car Dirt brake pedal assembly

Wheels
Front: Boss 338, 18x8.5, polished barrels with satin gray centers
Rear: Boss 338, 18x10, polished barrels with satin gray centers

Tires
Front: Mickey Thompson Sportsman SR, 26x8.00R18LT
Rear: Mickey Thompson Sportsman SR, 28x10.00R18LT

Interior
Customized by Bonnell's Rod Shop (Fairview, PA) in Pomegranate and Tumeric; Three Rivers Supply cut pile carpeting, bucket seats upholstered by Upholstery Barn (North East, PA); Summit Racing Equipment billet steering wheel (SUM-772715); Omega Kustom Instrument Co. gauges; custom dash, console, and door panels; Vintage Air HVAC; power windows

Exterior
Custom two-tone BASF Onyx waterborne paint by Bonnell's Rod Shop, front bumper relocated 2 inches forward, modified wheel openings