This wonderful, 1957 Ford Thunderbird will basically develop into a contemporary automobile in a basic go well with, as soon as it’s full, as it would function a 460-horsepower Mustang V-8 and a contemporary chassis

by Dim Angelov, on

Relying on who you ask, resto-mods could be a blessing or a curse. And whereas the purist method of preserving issues of their authentic state is fairly self-explanatory, restoring a automobile with trendy components does have its benefits. The individuals at V8TV are not any strangers to resto-mods, however at this time’s YouTube video is a step farther from most resto-mods. It includes a lovely, partially-restored, 1957 Ford Thunderbird, which is a household heirloom.

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If you’re like me, you might bear in mind V8TV for his or her Muscle automobile opinions, from the Brothers Assortment. In addition they have an extended historical past of restoring autos, lots of which with trendy components, resembling a C3 Corvette convertible with an LS3 crate engine, a Coyote V-8-powered, Seventies Ford Bronco, and even one other Fifties T-Chook with a Coyote 5.0-liter V-8.

Nonetheless, the workforce goes a step additional with this 1957 T-Chook, by switching to a contemporary chassis. Because the quarter panels are one with the physique of the automobile, the concept is to utterly detach the entire physique from the chassis, raise it, and roll the brand new chassis below it.

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The proprietor of this 1957 Ford Thunderbird purchased this automobile with a view to honor the reminiscence of her father, who beloved generation-one Thunderbirds. The automobile had already undergone a partial restoration, which largely issues the physique and exterior, as you’ll be able to inform from the recent new paint and chrome trim.

Nonetheless, the automobile was a catastrophe when it comes to engine and drivetrain. “It barely ran”, because the 312 cubic-inch Y-block V-8 was not engaged on all its cylinders. The proprietor, who was used to driving trendy vehicles, determined the T-Chook wanted to be modernized and the V8 Velocity and Resto-shop crew fortunately obliged.

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Initially, the 5.1-liter V-8 produced 272 horsepower at 4,800 RPM and 338 pound-feet (458 Nm) at 3,400 RPM, whereas the gearbox is a four-speed automated. Whereas the preliminary plan was to switch the unique engine and change to gas injection. Nonetheless, the concept was rapidly dropped in favor of era three 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 crate engine, which makes 460 horsepower at 7,000 RPM and 420 pound-feet (569 Nm) at 4,800 RPM.

Engine5.1-liter V-85.0-liter Coyote V-8
Energy272 HP @ 4,800 RPM460 HP @ 7,000 RPM
Torque338 LB-FT @ 3,400 RPM420 LB-FT @ 4,800 RPM
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The unique chassis of a era one Thunderbird is liable to flexing so it actually isn’t nice for high-horsepower functions. As well as, the leaf springs usually are not optimum for traction and don’t present the absolute best experience high quality. The brand new chassis will be capable to each deal with the additional energy and make the basic convertible extra drivable.

The mission is effectively underway and the video under is Half one of many restoration course of. There may be a lot we don’t but know concerning the specifics of the construct, resembling what chassis can be used, however we’ll make sure you let you recognize as soon as the mission is full and provide the full particulars, in case you’ve gotten missed it.


Dim Angelov

Dim Angelov

Born in 1992, I come from a household of motoring fanatics. My ardour for vehicles was awoken on the age of six, once I noticed a Lamborghini Diablo SV in {a magazine}. After highschool I earned a grasp’s diploma in advertising and a Grasp of Arts in Media and Communications. Through the years, I’ve practiced and develop into expert in precision driving and so far have take a look at pushed greater than 250 vehicles throughout the globe. Through the years, I’ve picked up primary mechanical data and have even taken half within the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Kind and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Dash. These days, I’ve taken a elaborate to automotive images, and whereas trendy vehicles are my major ardour, I even have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, struggle historical past, craft beer, historic weapons, and automobile restoration. In time, I plan my very own basic automobile restoration and hope to earn my racing certificates, after which I count on to ascertain my very own racing workforce.  Learn full bio

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