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Projects '56 Fairlane Gasser Project

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by The Human Wrench, Dec 15, 2014.

  1. The Human Wrench
    Joined: Aug 21, 2006
    Posts: 89

    The Human Wrench

    Well, I went down to the shop and took some more pictures and you can see some of the writing on the car. Also here is a drawing of what I want it to look like P2200002.JPG P2200003.JPG P2200004.JPG P2200005.JPG P2200008.JPG
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2015
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  2. lucas doolin
    Joined: Feb 7, 2013
    Posts: 413

    lucas doolin

    Still have the same color (Fiesta Red) 56 Victoria I drove to high school. Toured the Car Casper Auto Show in Louisville last night. Tri-5 Chevvies were everywhere - almost too many to count. And maybe 2 55-56 Fords. Nice work and a great plan. Following your thread closely.
  3. 4thhorseman
    Joined: Feb 14, 2014
    Posts: 261

    from SW Desert

    I'm running a 385 series stroker BBF in my coupe. FWIW, I found it difficult to find headers I liked to fit, but everyone and their brother has BBC headers is every shape and size. I'm running ported exhaust plate adapters from Charlie Evans to bolt BBC headers up and expand my options. Also, unless you already have a set plan, I'd highly recommend SCJ heads with appropriately notched pistons. I milled off the SCJ markings and painted them engine color. They flow outstanding for the price ($1,800 fully assembled) on BBF's. Mid 300's @ 28" intake out of the box unported. A solid flat tappet in the mid to upper 600's on lift @ 108-110* and mid 200's @ .050, 10.5:1 and hold on pal. Maybe I'm telling you stuff you already know. Just passing it along to a fellow BBF guy.
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  4. Inland empire hot rods
    Joined: Aug 5, 2010
    Posts: 826

    Inland empire hot rods
    from so cal

  5. The Human Wrench
    Joined: Aug 21, 2006
    Posts: 89

    The Human Wrench

    Always glad to get input, especially from Ford guys, for now we are concentrating on the body and trust me neither one of us would call ourselves great body men or expert engine builders. I'm 62 years old and grew up with guys that put compression in an engine, a big cam, headers and a 4barrel, cut out the fenderwells and went racing. Now I am trying to re-create what I remember from my youth and try to do a better job. I will have questions and always appreciate suggestions.
  6. CGkidd
    Joined: Mar 2, 2002
    Posts: 2,843


    Well there is plenty of knowledge on here. Lot's of bullshit too so just be ready to filter that out.
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  7. Jimbo17
    Joined: Aug 19, 2008
    Posts: 3,723


    Nice sheet metal work and real nice craftsmanship.
    Sweet project for sure.

    Best of luck with it. Jimbo
  8. boutlaw
    Joined: Apr 30, 2010
    Posts: 1,221


    Your 56 is just killer, and I especially like your engine choices, BBF or Hemi, course Im a bit prejudiced for
    the "Fords", but a Hemi will work just fine. I always wanted a 55/56 so Ill be following your build, Great
    work/progress so far.
    Keep after it.....
  9. crashfarmer
    Joined: Apr 4, 2006
    Posts: 1,274

    from Iowa

    Nice! I'll be watching this. :)

    I like the 55-6 Fords, I have several.
    I've been thinking about starting a gasser style project this spring using my 52 Ford. Reading the Southeast Gassers Association's rules was most interesting.
  10. OahuEli
    Joined: Dec 27, 2008
    Posts: 5,039

    from Hawaii

    Just found this thread and immediately subscribed. The '55-'56 Fords are among my favorites. I always enjoy watching threads like yours where major sheet metal work is done. (sheet metal work is my weak point).
    When I was a little kid in the '60s a friend had an older brother who drove a red '55 or '56. It had no front bumper, a cammed up Y block with tri-power and 4 speed. Whenever I heard him rumbling down the street I ran out just to watch the car go by. I'd love to build a gasser style car with a 427 side oiler or Cammer and toploader.
    As for your 429, it'll make plenty of power without much effort. What year is your engine? My avatar had a '70 .030 over 429 out of a T-Bird with a top loader 4 speed. With just a small cam, (around .509 lift or so), the 429 would really holler.
  11. The Human Wrench
    Joined: Aug 21, 2006
    Posts: 89

    The Human Wrench

    We are on hold for awhile but not giving up. (other responsibilities and commitments.)
  12. I had a fresh one once actually only fresh for a little bit then I started driving it. LOL wish I still had it but the car needed to go so that I could do the puff the magic dragon thing. Anyway aside from recent foolery about bigger is better and all that crap they were righteous mills. ;)

    My second legal car was a '55 Ranch Wagon a 272 3 speed car which ended up being a Thunderbird 312 3 speed car ( longish story) I ultimately totaled it and the drive train ended up in a '55 Victoria which ended up being my first door slammer. I have owned several mid fifties Fords over the years, a couple have eluded me about forever. One being a Crown Vic ( 5 or 6 would have been OK) and a '57 post car.

    So tell me my 55 wagon was Forest Green what color is yours? Just for grins.

    @The Human Wrench
    Waiting with bated breath man, hope you can get back to this soon.
  13. OahuEli
    Joined: Dec 27, 2008
    Posts: 5,039

    from Hawaii

    Here's a photoshop of your idea. Hope its close to what you have in mind.
    3. 56 Ford Gasser THR done.jpeg
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  14. Mine is turquoise . original color.
  15. pie pie
    Joined: Jun 29, 2008
    Posts: 673

    pie pie
    from missouri

    ever get the floors put in? curious as to what you used
  16. The Human Wrench
    Joined: Aug 21, 2006
    Posts: 89

    The Human Wrench

    Work has just resumed. Pictures to follow.
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  17. jvpolvere1
    Joined: Aug 19, 2016
    Posts: 176


    I'm mostly a Chevy and Mopar guy, but I have to say I love these Fords. Overshadowed by tri five bow ties. Maybe unfairly so.

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  18. bobbytnm
    Joined: Dec 16, 2008
    Posts: 1,367


    Great project!
    The hood scoop will be great. Yes, they were used on the Pontiac Super Duty's but Pontiac got them from Ford. Ford used them on the Big Job trucks starting around 1957 up through the mid to late 60's (the 53-56 Big Job Ford scoops were slightly different).

  19. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 8,178


    Kiwi Kev did a 55 Chevy . You could do something similar for the frame? This one had the original frame with leaf springs added and the A-Arms removed. 20160717_175031.jpg
  21. Crown'd
    Joined: Jan 19, 2014
    Posts: 120

    from Utah

    You're really good at that! I'm setting up my own '55 project, and hope to enjoy it this summer. I wish I had better skills with the computer...what are you doing this with?
  22. OahuEli
    Joined: Dec 27, 2008
    Posts: 5,039

    from Hawaii

    Photoshop Elements 8. Kinda old but it does the trick.
  23. Todd's Rod's
    Joined: Dec 11, 2010
    Posts: 165

    Todd's Rod's
    from MInnesota

    here is my 57 ranchero will go tp paint in Feb

    Attached Files:

  24. The Human Wrench
    Joined: Aug 21, 2006
    Posts: 89

    The Human Wrench

    Back to work, finally. Rockers completed, floor braces in, will finish welding quarter panels next week then the body comes off. 100_4754.JPG 100_4755.JPG 100_4756.JPG
  25. TurboRider
    Joined: Jan 11, 2017
    Posts: 18


    keep up the good work!
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  26. The Human Wrench
    Joined: Aug 21, 2006
    Posts: 89

    The Human Wrench

    Shoulder replacement surgery next Wednesday, haven't been able to really use my right arm for months, and looks like it will be a few more before I'm healed up so pretty much everything is on hold.
  27. Back to work on the gasser?
  28. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 6,293


    Now, I'm primarily a Chevrolet guy, who can really appreciate any 55-57 Ford, "done right". Looks like you're on the way to being, "done right". Went to high school (66-69) with a guy who ALWAYS had a 55-56 Crown Victoria, ALWAYS. First thing he'd do, is an I-Beam axle under the front, followed by a BBF and 4-speed. He'd build one, sell it, build another, sell it, then build another. Don't know how he always found the Crown Vic's; maybe it was just the time involved (late 60's). I have't even seen a 55-56 Crown Vic in years. I do have one suggestion, if I may; PLEASE, NO fake 12 spokes on the front. Cragar S/S all around would do it for me. Keep posting as time and your condition allows. I am Butch/56sedandelivery.
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  29. The Human Wrench
    Joined: Aug 21, 2006
    Posts: 89

    The Human Wrench

    The hiatus is just about over and work is about to begin again. When I started this I intended to build what I remembered from the 60s and still will. However, I have just about talked myself out of the straight axle. The current crop of "new age gassers" all use them along with the mandatory Moon tank whether it needs it or not. Around here most of the cars running in the gasser class weren't all that. Mostly street driven. It was my intention to add all the things I couldn't afford back then to this car, however I am now starting to think maybe less is more in this case. I have sourced the engine(428 P.I.), toploader 4 speed, 3rd member for a 9" (3.70:1 posi.) and some '66 Thunderbird buckets. (Oh, and Cragars it is, I have them on about everything I own.)
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