Fairlane 500 Club Victoria 2 Door Hardtop 428 V8 Custom
4 spd Manual
West Coast Classics are proud to present a very striking and unique custom built example of this very rare and desirable 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Club Victoria 2 Door Hardtop with a no expense build including the following specs:
Big Block 428 FE V8 engine block (1969 High Nickel Casting) Cross Bolted Mains Block relieved & squared Bored .030 over Align bored & notched for stroke All internals balanced & Blue printed Reworked oil routing & lifter oil restrictors Eagle rods (full floating wrist pins with spiral locks Eagle crank (4.24 stroke) Nitrated & Magnafluxed ARP bolts in Roads, Mains & Cross Bolts Chrome Moly rings Special three layer rod & main bearings (Federal mogul) Comp cams solid lifters Comp cams double roller timing chain Melling high volume oil pump - Blueprinted Moroso Racing oil filter 3/8th" custom made Aluminum spacer to clear crankshaft stroke 428 Super Cobra jets 70CC's per cylinder Decked & milled, Screw in oil restrictors 2.25" intake valves 1.66 exhaust Bronze guides PC seals Extensive porting & polishing of intake & exhaust runners & unshrouding of exhaust pockets Special Comp Cams Springs & Titanium retainers Harlan Sharpe roller rockers (1.76 ratio) on hardened Ford Motorsport shafts Holbrook rocker spacers & steel shaft stanchions Oil restrictors & comp cams special Chrome Moly push rods ARP cylinder head studs & bolts Hays 40lb steel flywheel with Centerforce Dual friction clutch & pressure plate (all balanced with assembly) Ford Motorsport Harmonic Balancer Ford (OEM) Valley Pan Baffle Velocity stacks with K&N Filter PVC custom fabricated in Road Draft Tube Opening (back of intake) MSD Billet Magnetic Pickup Distributor with MSD 6AL Capacitive Discharge Box with soft touch rev limiter (chip) MSD Blaster 3 coil Accel 8mm wires & Autolite #45 plugs with cut back electrode Edelbrock Aluminum water pump 18" Flex fan (also Black Magic electric pusher fan on front of radiator for added protection, manual on/off) Powermaster 4:1 Gear Reduction starter Special 100 AMP chrome alternator Crites Engineering 2" primary headers (with thermal Ceramic coating) 3 1/2" exhaust Cut/outs into DynoMax Bullet mufflers with extensions Lakewood Blow Proof Bellhousing Ford (OEM) Clutch Fork Centerforce Throwout bearing
Ford Heavy Duty Top Loader 4 speed transmission (RUG U) froma '66 R code Galaxie Rebuilt in 2004 with extra heavy duty syncro's, special 2:78 first gear & heavy duty bearings in all critical areas Wide Ratio Shifter - Mr Gasket vertical Grade straight line shifter with reverse lock out
Original 9" from '57 Ford (smooth back cover) narrowed to 35" Backing plate to Backing plate Moser 35 Spline axles with Ford Traction Lock differential 373 gears Posi 1957 rear brakes (11x2.25") with fully operational emergency braking system Special custom made 35" long ladder bar suspension (fully adjustable) with Aldan coil over shocks with 200# springs Watts link for side to side stabilization Custom built rear end mounted Pro Wheelie Bars extend to rear bumper Factory original frame to end of front doors Custom built Pro Mod narrowed frame built from 2" x 4" box steel to rear bumper. Complete 8 point roll cage built to tie narrowed frame to original front frame. Transmission Cross Member has been fabricated to assure positive transmission location & stability. Front suspension is stock with the addition of Big Block Springs (1958 Fairlane) Adjustable Chassis Engineering front shocks & front disc brakes (manual) from Master Power Brake Systems. Front Sway bar removed and all new Urethane bushings have been installed. Steering box & steering column is from a 1967 Ford Fairlane (4 way hazard lights included) Tie rod ends from a 1978 Granada, Idler arm and steering link all 1957 Fairlane. Lower control arms are reinforced (Police Interceptor) Heavy Duty Ball Joints installed & Stainless Steel Wire tied for safety.
Factory 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 (car was reportedly purchased by previous owner from the original owner) Car was originally purchased new in Arizona in the spring of 1957. All steel except for custom made fiberglass hood (lift off style, weight of approximately 20 lbs) Stock steel hood may be available and supplied with the car upon request. Front fender wells removed for weight savings. Bumpers are steel and painted to match the Black body (rear bumper is from a Custom 300 series Fairlane to save weight. Stainless trim removed from door to fenders and holes leaded. Paint is Ford Black Lacquer (no Clear Coat) Custom 428 hand painted logo on doors (finishing stainless trim) Tinted glass throughout
Factory Optional soft pad dash with custom gauge pod replacing radio & heater controls 1966 T-Bird Bucket seats (with fully adjustable slides) Floor mounted safety harness (drivers side only) Passenger safety belt only Custom made shifter console houses Vertical Gate Shifter Rear seat is factory Ford but recovered in leather to match front seats. Factory Ford Carpet (Black) Roll cage has custom made padded covers Car has fully functional gauges, window wipers (66 Lincoln), Tach with shift light mounted on 'A' pillar Roll control & a Bleach system triggered by switches on shifter handle Factory door trim pads with arm rests Operational floor vents (for fresh air) Manual windows (all fully functional) Behind license plate is a battery kill switch
Fully operational & extensive modification for wheel tubs 12 gallon fuel cell with vent (sender) centered in truck under custom made cover Optima 'Red' battery mounted ahead of fuel cell under cover Trunk is carpeted and has a clear plastic support rod mounted to hold the trunk open. Holley Blue Electric Fuel Pump with 1/2" lines with special fuel filter and regulator mounted underneath trunk on drivers side.
Tires & Wheels:
Front wheels are Weld Pro Stars 15" x 4" mounted to Mickey Thompson 8 ply 7.60 x 15 tires. Rear wheels are Weld Pro Stars 15" x 15" with 5" backspacing mounted to Hoosier Quick Time Pro 33" tall Pro mod DOT approved Cheater Slicks.
Curb weight 3500 lbs Wheelbase extended 3.4" to accommodate tire size & keep full size back seat intact Dyno tested at over 500HP
This particular custom has been restored with no expense spared and with a unique and truly singular vision. Most people who own or hanker for a 1957 Fairlane 500 two door hardtop want either a fully restored showpiece or a mildly modified custom rod. This build takes a slightly different approach to say the least! How about a "Pro-streeter" thats truly streetable (right down to a full size rear seat for the kids!) with a screaming 428 BB V8 with an equal measure of 50's & 60's flavor blended in!
This project was started with an extremely clean Arizona body car, the metal is laser straight and the Black paint shines like a mirror with the striking Copper highlights setting it off perfectly! There is a reportedly easily over 6 figure + build. The car handles surprisingly well in city driving even with the steep gearing with the power and torque of the engine channeled through the specially built heavy duty top loaded 4 speed transmission. The details of the build are enough to make your head spin and as you can tell it is a totally professionally built car, not some backyard project!
If one constant for any pro street car (or truck for that matter) it is the steamroller size rear tires, stuffed behind stock wheel openings in wheel tubs huge enough to take a bath in. Whilst the first two thirds of the frame is original Ford issue, the back portion was replaced with a drastically narrowed 2x4 inch box section frame. instead of semi elliptic leaf springs are fitted a new rear frame with 35" ladder bars, coil overs and Watts link all from Chassis engineering with the original 1957 nine inch rear end, albeit with a few modifications with 4.57:1 gears & Detroit locker & some very narrow Moser 35 spline axles.The rear end is supported by a pair of Pro Trac extra wide tall tires on Weld Racing 15x15" Pro Star wheels. The front rebuilt & reconditioned suspension is upgraded with a '67 Fairlane steering box and a pair of Lakewood 90/10 drag shock absorbers. The front end rolls on a pair of Pro Trac 5.60 x 15 street front tires on a much skinnier pair of Weld Pro Stars.
With the exception of the custom made fiber glass hood, the Fairlane's body is all original Henry Ford Steel. The old sheet metal was obviously expertly smoothed before the application of the striking Black lacquer paint job. 1966 Ford Thunderbird bucket seats were recovered in leather, along with the stock back seat. There is also a six point NHRA approved roll bar.
The Ford Fairlane was an automobile model that was sold between 1955 and 1970 by Ford in North America. The name was derived from Henry Ford's estate, 'Fair Lane', near Dearborn, Michigan and over time the name referred to a number of different cars in different classes; the Fairlane was initially a full-sized car, but became a mid-sized car from the 1962 model year.
This is a rare opportunity to own a unique custom which was built to combine the great body lines of a 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 with Pro Street appearances and race car performance capabilities and it most certainly delivers on all counts!