to SpeedMaven.com. This site is the online garage for my `57
Ford Custom. I will periodically post updates on the
car's construction, photos, resources for hard to find
parts, and other snippets of information. This site
will also be referred to on the `57 Fords International
After much thought and serious consideration, this `57
will be built as a tribute to the Stock competitors from
the late '50's to early 70's, known as the Junior
Stockers. Body, chassis, and powertrain will appear
as produced by FoMoCo.
This `57 is actually in pretty good condition, especially for
a 50 year old car. The majority of the very little
rust is in the driver side front floor pan. After
cutting the rear frame like my last `57, I changed my mind
and set about reversing that modification. Several
hours of welding later, the task was complete. The front
suspension was rebuilt with Granada disk brakes, new
bushings, ball joints, and a `63 Galaxie steering box and
column. The car is getting a set of painted steel
Crites supplied the hood and trunk lid. I have a set of glass fenders, but
may use steel
fenders instead, along with a pretty good set of inner
fenders I picked up from a friend. Power will come
from a VR 57 supercharged 312 Y block backed by a T5 5
given a lot of thought to what I want to do with this
car. I came near selling it on a couple occasions, but
realized that I didn't want to be without a '57 Ford.
I finally settled on Y-block power, and bought 2 running
examples of the 292 to get the car going. IN the mean
time, I also bought a running but smoking 312 from a guy
near my home. The thought of a 312 powered Custom
settled in, and that is when I decided to go with the Jr
Stocker vibe. Although my car would not be a legal
Stocker, due to the fiberglass body panels and larger
camshaft, it would still represent the era in the spirit
that I thought it should, much like John's `57 here.
powertrain really leapt forward when I happened upon a
complete VR 58 Paxton supercharger with a good
price. I bought it, and soon found that the brackets
and air box were for a `58 Ford 352 FE. I was aware
that they were not Y-block parts beforehand, so it was no
problem. I then sold the air box and brackets which
left me having a very small amount in a good functioning
supercharger. Frank Rice from Rebop Castings is
setting me up with the proper brackets and idler pulleys,
while an un-named Y-block guru is setting me up with the
proper pulley and help to convert to VR 57 specs.
the last `57 I owned. This was the day before we loaded it
up to take to Hot Rod weekend at the Gulfport Dragstrip.
This `57 had the stroker 351 W, 427 inches, with TFS
HiPorts, custom headers, solid roller cam, and PA C4 with
4800 stall convertor. With 10 inch slicks, on pump
gas, through the mufflers, it went 11.31 at 120, best of
123 mph, best 60 ft of 1.61. It never hooked, slicks
were about shot, but it went fast for a 3600 lb boat, and
drove like a new car. This one may not be faster,
but will be a lot more fun, and a lot better looking, no crappy
Paint will not be yellow as originally planned, but will
be Winter White.
Gone, but not forgotten.
the right is a `57 that belongs to a friend of mine, John
Feistritzer of Indiana. His `57 is a real F-code sedan
(factory supercharged 312), and has been a racecar since the mid
to late `60s. It has gone mid 11s in the quarter but
generally stays in the low 12 second range, as he doesn't have a roll
bar, and doesn't plan to add one.
October 21, 2012
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