Jim Smart
March 1, 2008

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Although Thunderbirds had hoodscoops, they were never functional, just sporty.
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The Details

  • '57 Ford Thunderbird
  • Owner: Rosemary and Daryl Nichols, Eugene, OR
  • Engine

  • 312ci 4V Y-Block V-8
  • 3.800-inch bore
  • 3.440-inch stroke
  • 225 hp
  • Stock cast pistons and I-beam rods
  • Holley 4150 4V carburetor (first year for this carburetor)
  • Finned cast-aluminum Thunderbird valve covers
  • Single-point, vacuum advance distributor
  • Mechanical flat-tappet cam with adjustable shaft-mounted rocker arms
  • Transmission

  • Two-Speed Borg-Warner Ford-O-Matic
  • Rearend

  • 9-inch
  • 3.10 gears
  • Open differential
  • Exhaust

  • Stock iron manifolds with 1-3/4-inch pipes
  • MagnaFlow mufflers installed by Junction City Muffler
  • Suspension

  • Front: Coil spring, hydraulic shock absorbers, antisway bar
  • Rear: Conventional leaf spring, hydraulic shock absorbers
  • Brakes

  • Front: Disc
  • Rear: Disc
  • Power-brake conversion performed by Daryl Nichols and Jim Messler
  • Wheels

  • Front: American 120 real knock-off wire wheels, 17x9-inch
  • Rear: American 120 real knock-off wire wheels, 18x9-inch
  • Tires

  • Front: Toyo Proxes radial
  • Rear: Toyo Proxes radial
  • Interior

  • Custom Cadillac white leather upholstery installed by Stan's Upholstery in Eugene, Oregon; Pioneer in-dash 7-inch LCD touch screen with navigation display; JBL sound system throughout installed by Evolution Car Audio in Eugene, Oregon; Kenwood KNA-MP414 4.75-inch LCD pop-up screen positioned at the factory speaker location, subwoofers in trunk
  • Exterior

  • Dusk Rose basecoat; three coats of pearlcoat; three coats of clearcoat by Ed Hubb of Full Blown Customs in Eugene, Oregon; chrome refinishing by Medford Chrome in Medford, Oregon; stained glass rose applied to factory hardtop porthole glass