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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jeff Norwell, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
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    a0606317-d92a-4bef-bb16-0613caae86a8.jpg From good Ole Bob Owens.
    Still needs a heck of a clean. but I have swept,rinsed and vacuumed a good square mile 'O pile of Panhandle dirt out of her.
    Needed pans.. got those and just a bunch of TLC.......... can hardly wait to begin.
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2019
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  2. Plans? Hot Rod or Custom? Or a mix of both? Can't wait to see it come together.
  3. Will make a great drag car! I thought you were farther along?
  4. Jeff Norwell
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    Well Dan.....kinda neither.... I want a kinda Factory Sleeper.... a "What if" Ford introduced a FE in 57.... kinda like an experimental car.... remember the 57 Chev Black widows?.............

    Meet the "Widow Maker."
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  5. Jeff Norwell
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    No Trent..... My Deuce is killing me. :)
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  6. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
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    That sounds like a great idea! Can't wait to see more.
  7. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,597

    from SUGAR CITY

    I like the plan! Going to be awesome!
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  8. Even better!
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  9. SquireDon
    Joined: Aug 8, 2010
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    from Oregon

    The best looking car of 1957.
    congratulations! Look forward to the build posts!
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  10. BCR
    Joined: Dec 11, 2005
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    Cool, like the post cars.
  11. Jeff Norwell
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    Kinda side story here...
    I ran the numbers on the vin...... car was a 292/Ford-o-matic run of the mill nothing special unit.Born at the Dallas plant in 57 and was last driven in 71.
    The Dallas plant closed in 71.

    Kinda neat..kinda strange... makes for good bench racing.
    Anyhow....I like this 50's type of car.... not much fabrication involved.but room for tons of potential .....
    the fellas over at have been very helpful....great site.
    These shorter,smaller 57's are getting harder and harder to find.St.Nicks Thread was inspirational.

    Plans are for 406 4-speed,beefed rear and front suspension..but a stock outside and interior look.
    Not worried about the look at this point... just want to concentrate on the mechanicals at this point.

    thanks fellas!
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  12. You won't be alone there. I'm a few years into mine with paint done, Engine done, Trans done, Rear axle done, Chrome & S.S. done. I like big surprises in unsuspecting packages. Just wish I could get back on track and get some of it put together. Good luck on yours and keep us posted on progress.
    The Wizzard
  13. Nice looking project. 4 bbl, 3x2 bbl or 2x4 bbl?
  14. Jeff Norwell
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    Sounds awesome... love to see some pics.

    3x2 bbl..... but a factory 2x4 is attractive.
  15. ill be watching for sure and I love the plan you have for it what about colors?
  16. Jeff Norwell
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    Of course all black first came to mind... but the dealer option Black n White is growing on me....
    The Widow Maker might just wear her factory clothes.:)
  17. Too cool for school.
  18. black and white would be cool but what about a suggestion since your going with the widowmaker theme how about taking the custom 300 trim off and just running the regular custom side trim

    or would that be too close to the 57 chevy black widow?
  19. BuckeyeBuicks
    Joined: Jan 4, 2010
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    from ohio

    A guy I ran with in high school(1968) had a blue and white 57 Ford like that that his uncle gave him. It was rusty as over 10 years of Ohio winter salt could make it with a hole the size of a soft ball in the side of the Y-block. He bought a totaled Ohio State 427 Ford patrol car and we put the whole drivetrain in the 57, kind of a crude instalation as I remember, but it stayed together. Had LOTS of fun with it on the street until we got foundout! Them was the days my friends!!
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  20. I don't know what category I fall into, but I am absolutely in love with the way your Ford looks. The faded paint is just awesome. :eek: If my 55 Chevy would have had faded paint on it like your Ford, I would have just left my Bow Tie alone. Really cool car man. :D
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  21. Jeff Norwell
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    Thanks Guys!

    Yes. I have the trim for a custom... that would be very cool.

    ha ha ha

    I agree!:)
  22. Wildman1
    Joined: Jul 10, 2009
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    So, they actually did make a Ford in 1957? ;)

    Lokks like you have the start to a really nice ride!
  23. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
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    Love sleepers . . . love where you're going with this.
  24. GassersGarage
    Joined: Jul 1, 2007
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    They did offer a Paxton Supercharger I heard. Great start for a project.
  25. Great find and plan! Would make a killer street "gasser" also.
  26. Angry Frenchman
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
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    Angry Frenchman

  27. I love these tudor sedans! Your plans sound right up my alley. I can just see it; black and white, dog-dish caps with blackwalls and black or white wheels. Maybe some header dumps just barely visible poking out behind the front wheels. Not too loud on the exhaust so the 406 solids can be heard clacking away. Just me thinking out loud here.
    Good luck with this project..........
  28. That's a good lookin old Ford Jeff,I love the black and off white scheme myself...Be sure and use the FE dual quads and ford breather and valve covers offered on the hi po stuff back then,

    not a Ford guy myself but there was never a more beautiful engine than those were...
    A local kid had all tha on a 427 in a 55 ford sedan back in the day with four speed.....king of the hill....good luck on this man!
  29. teejay99
    Joined: Sep 26, 2009
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    I like the sleeper car ideas you have , 406 should give it great torque and h.p.

  30. dragass
    Joined: Feb 16, 2006
    Posts: 307


    Nice score Jeff, I'm sure you'll make it as bitchin as anyone can.

    Have fun!
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