Jim and Judy Skinner's 1955 Ford Thunderbird
After years of hard work, the T-bird lives again! This is a Friday night test and tune session at US131 Dragway to shake down the new car and obtain a Competition drag racing lisence. Powered by a small block ford and C4 trans. Special thanks to Rocky at Troxell Race Cars. If you need fabrication work, don't be a blockhead........call Troxell Race Cars!
132893 / 1955 Ford Thunderbird
For more information on this vehicle visit http://tinyurl.com/6sz275s This 1955 Thunderbird Pro Tourer features a customized all steel body, a modular Mustang Mach 1 powertrain, a Mustang II suspension with a ton of bolt on upgrades and a comfortable, modern interior. Custom built by Street Visions in Waxhaw NC, this all steel '55 T-bird took one year to build and underwent 1300 hours of restoration and customization. It's completely straight steel body was covered with a thick coat of Dupont Chroma Merlot Burgundy Metallic basecoat/clearcoat that has an excellent finish and displays a brilliant shine. At the front of the car, a custom fascia houses new halogen headlights in traditional T-bird hoods above blue tinted fog lights that are a direct fit where the cars turn signals used to be. Between those lights, a chrome mesh grille replaces the traditional Thunderbird stainless grille, and behind the lights, the car's front fenders incorporate custom fender vents with matching mesh inserts. Ghost flames start at those fender vents and run down the side of the car past custom rear view mirrors with integrated LED turn signals. At the front of the doors, a traditional curved Thunderbird windshield is cleared by custom Newport Engineering stainless wipers and housed in pristine stainless trim. Connected to the top of that windshield is a tan Haartz cloth convertible top with a plastic rear window. At the back of the car, LED tail lights ride above a custom fabricated rear fascia that replaces the traditional '55 bumper. Under the hood of this T-bird is a high-revving modular DOHC 4.6L Ford Mustang Mach 1 motor that is fed by an intercooled Mustang Cobra Eaton Supercharger. To make everything communicate properly and perform without fail, a Detail Zone electronic fuel injection wiring harness and an SCT chip tuned by Pro Dyno were installed and the result was a very stout 451 horsepower and 417 lb./ft. of torque at the rear wheels. In front of the motor, a custom aluminum radiator by Arrow is equipped with a Sparco fan to take care of cooling. At the sides of the motor, coated Sanderson block hugger headers send Exhaust into a true dual Exhaust system with Magnaflow performance mufflers. The engine bay is completely finished with a satin black firewall and body colored hood and inner fenders. Take a look underneath and you'll find a Mustang II suspension with a Fat Man front sub frame and a custom boxed and modded X-member. Bolted under the front of the car is a heavy duty 1.5 inch sway bar, 11.5 inch Brake Tech disc brakes with braided lines, power steering from the Mach 1 donor car and a Flaming River stainless steering shaft and joints. Bolted under the back of the car you'll find Mustang II leaf springs, a heavy duty 1 inch sway bar, custom Cal Trac style rear control bars and Mustang Cobra 11 inch rear disc brakes. Sending power to the wheels is the Mach 1 donor cars Tremec 3650 5-speed manual transmission. Behind that transmission is a shortened and balanced Mustang Mach 1 driveshaft that is connected to an 8.8 inch rear axle with 3.27 gears. Stopping is aided by the Mach I donor cars HydraBoost brake system, and go-juice is supplied by a Tanks Inc. 16 gallon stainless fuel tank with an internally mounted high volume fuel pump. At the corners, 17 inch TSW eight spoke aluminum wheels wear 245/40 BF Goodrich G-Force radials. Inside you'll find a completely custom-built interior. Behind the curved windshield a polished Grant steering wheel with a Mahogany rim sits on an Ididit column in front of classy looking Dakota Digital LED gauges. Below the dash a custom built and custom covered center console houses controls for the Vintage Air system, a Hurst short throw shifter and a Kenwood audio system. Custom seats are covered in Katzkin leather and sit on new Hushmat and new carpet next to custom door panels that feature painted toppers, leather covers, new Relic power windows and Rocky Hinge billet door handles. The car even comes with Viper keyless entry, a power antenna and remote start. This 1955 Thunderbird Pro Tourer features a great looking vintage shape and benefits from 50 additional years of technology.
1955 Ford Thunderbird Commercial
There's another time when you can expect action and get it too.... I'm talking about my new Ford Thunderbird. Read more about the '55 Thunderbird here: http://www.carsandstripes.com/articles/ford/1955thunderbird.aspx
1955 Thunderbird pre restoration, factory oddities
Beginning restoration of a 1955 Thunderbird. The paint code on the data plate does not match the color the car left the factory. Do not know if this mistake should be preserved or if it does not matter. Would love some input.