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Customs 1956 Ford Victoria (New to me)

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Eric16, Feb 7, 2021.

  1. Eric16
    Joined: Jun 24, 2019
    Posts: 103


    Hello there H.A.M.B. members!

    Here is my recently purchased 1956 Victoria. I'm a younger guy, and this is my first purchase into the 50's era for cars.
    It's 100% stock with:
    292 Y-block
    3 speed with overdrive
    Power steering
    Manual drum brakes

    This thing loves to cruise, but it could use a couple of upgrades.
    At the top of the list would be power brakes, radial tires, replace the exhaust manifolds, and a new exhaust system.

    Just curious for you Ford guys out there:
    Any recommendations for a power brake conversion?
    Do bias-ply look radials still drive well?
    Any suggestions for replacement manifolds, headers, or mufflers that sound good on a Y-block?
    Anyone run A/C in these?

    I appreciate any direction you could point me in. Until then, here are a couple of shots of the car!

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  2. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 7,619


    40 years ago I saw a 56 Ford 4dr with factory air.
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  3. Beautiful car! Diamondback Tires makes an Auburn Radial that looks like a traditional bias ply that rides really well.

    Join the 1952-1959 Ford social group.If anyone knows what power brakes and exhaust would work it's that crew. They even have a sticky that contains a lot of info on upgrades.
  4. Oldb
    Joined: Apr 25, 2010
    Posts: 219


    That one is a beauty.
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  5. ahshoe
    Joined: Sep 12, 2012
    Posts: 898


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    Had this peacock blue and snowshoe white 1956 Victoria and in all my years it is the only car I regret selling. You have a very nice ride there, congrats
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2021
  6. Beautiful! And I am not a Ford guy. For the AC, may I suggest an under the dash unit such as the Mark IV. Much quicker and way less invasive and completely removable. Mine is an original unit from the 50s and keeps my black Buick 4 door cool here in the Texas summer. Newer ones will be more efficient and quieter.

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  7. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,700

    1. 1940 Ford

    Seldom seen paint combo, nice ride.
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  8. miker98038
    Joined: Jan 24, 2011
    Posts: 785


    Nice car, great start. I'll second the Zax comment about the social group and it's information.
    You might add your location to your signature, sometimes there's someone close.
    I have the Coker bias look radials on my 32. I had no out of round or balance problems and they drive great.
    Most of what you need to know about y blocks, casting numbers, etc.

    There's a write up about a/c that recent here. Read to the end about the radio problem if you go with a modern unit. It's a beautiful install.

    Hopefully jimmysix will see this, he's got a lot of information on his 56 Vic.
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  9. Bbdakota
    Joined: Oct 23, 2019
    Posts: 72


    Beautiful car! I second the diamondback Auburn's. Under dash ac (I used vintage air) is not to difficult to add to about any car. Good luck with it!
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  10. 03GMCSonoma
    Joined: Jan 15, 2011
    Posts: 293


    Mine was painted '59 Ford off white. With a Y-block glass packs are absolutely a must. I used Walker tapered glass packs. The really sound good when you let off the gas and let it slow down on its own. Look at this link and see what you think. 1957 Ranchero with Glass Packs - YouTube Maybe this won't work.
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  11. MeanGene427
    Joined: Dec 15, 2010
    Posts: 2,134

    from Napa

    I have a set of dual exhaust manifolds that eliminate the front crossover pipe, scrounged them up for a project that got traded off. Seems like they are from a 57, would they fit?
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  12. chargin03
    Joined: Jan 8, 2013
    Posts: 503


    Very nice!
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  13. I saw one in the seventies had clear duct work in back window
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  14. scotts52
    Joined: Apr 7, 2008
    Posts: 2,454


    Beautiful! Great colors
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  15. Hdonlybob
    Joined: Feb 1, 2005
    Posts: 4,042


    That is a real it..
    Good for you..
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  16. Norris McCarty
    Joined: Apr 19, 2007
    Posts: 339

    Norris McCarty

    Awesome! I’d drive it!
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  17. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 8,507

    from Nicasio Ca

    Great model, great year. Really sweet.
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  18. Very nice car! I have no information on aftermarket power brakes since mine are factory. But, I am running some of the bias look radials which are American Classics and I have been happy with them. My car had Coker radial wide whites before and these ride just as good as the Coker radials. If your bias tires aren’t old, I would just run them. They look good on it.

    Also curious why you want to replace the exhaust manifolds? I need to do the same, but it is because they are both broken right behind the first bolt. I’m just replacing mine with another set of the same.
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  19. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 28,935

    Jalopy Joker

    You did good getting this beautiful ride - the upgrades will be worth the time and cost

    Sent from my SM-G930V using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
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  20. southcross2631
    Joined: Jan 20, 2013
    Posts: 4,414


    I did some work for a guy with the Coker bias looking radials and he had to run a higher tire pressure to keep the car from wallowing all over the road. After that he said they were fine.
    I had a 57 Fairlane with 27 inch glass packs and 2 1/4 inch pipes that sounded amazing.
    I installed vintage air with an under dash unit to keep the nostalgic look. It was real good after I added an electric fan to keep the airflow up when stopped at red lights. Added a GM alternator at the same time.
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  21. Pretty sure those sound like the ones that are factory on my 56 that also has no crossover. Looks like the OP has the same as well from what I can see in the pic of the engine.
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  22. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 2,700


    Holy shit! An A roadster AND a 56 Vicky! Does it get any better?
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  23. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 6,720


    Beautiful car! Congratulations!
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  24. Obviously being that you are a "younger guy" you obviously have no idea as to how to drive a standard shift vehicle especially a three on the tree.:( So you may as well just give me the car now and quit being chauffeured around by your Dad.;) Really, nice car and great that you scored it.:D Have fun and enjoy the looks that you will get.:cool:
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  25. jaracer
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 1,593


    I've been driving a 57 T-Bird for the last 24 years. The biggest improvement probably came with radial tires. I put on gas shocks and they may have helped, but not as much as the radials. The next biggest improvement with handling came from a new front sway bar and the addition of a rear sway bar. I think the front bar is about 1 in diameter. The sway bars really made it corner much flatter.

    I still have the factory brakes, but they are power. I've got the stock exhaust without the resonator and it sounds very good. However, a set of Porters would sound real good on a Y block.

    I had a 54 Mercury with a 3 speed OD, loved it. Also, Ford did offer dealer installed AC in 56.
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  26. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
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  27. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 4,657


    Power brakes we're an option in '56 but they were not disc. I'm pretty sure AC had the clear ductwork for the rear of the cabin like the Mercs. The white in '56 was Wimbledon White I believe.
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  28. BuckeyeBuicks
    Joined: Jan 4, 2010
    Posts: 2,562

    from ohio

    Great looking car, enjoy it!!
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  29. Nice car and like what JimmieSix did with his brakes
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  30. Lost in the Fifties
    Joined: Feb 25, 2010
    Posts: 448

    Lost in the Fifties

    I had a 56 that had an ARA dealer installed under dash AC that would freeze you out in Texas summers. Keep your exhaust manifolds and just install whatever sound mufflers you like. I envy you having that beautiful car!
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