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History Supercharged 1957 Ford.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by aceuh, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. aceuh
    Joined: Apr 17, 2008
    Posts: 1,360


    I spotted what appeared to be quite the survivor at a local cruise this past weekend.




    I'd never seen nor heard of these cars coming with superchargers so I poked around a bit to see what I could find. Appears that there's a reason why I've never seen one before...

    About 3/4 of the way down the page on this link.

    This info may be old news to some of you guys...I just wanted to share it with anyone else that might find it interesting.
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  2. alsancle
    Joined: Nov 30, 2005
    Posts: 1,558


    I find all superchargers to be very cool. Thanks for posting.
  3. OoltewahSpeedShop
    Joined: Oct 18, 2007
    Posts: 3,104


    That's a very rare car, but that dude runs around with a guy that has a black one AND a red one. I saw all 3 of them together at the Moonshiners Run in Dawsonville, Ga. a couple years ago. I love '57 Ford's. Especially the 300, stripped down model with the big engine.

    Ooltewah Speed Shop
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  5. dirtbag13
    Joined: Jun 16, 2008
    Posts: 2,540


    sooooooooo sweet ! love those fords , but with a supercharged y block makes it sooo much cooler !
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    Thanks for the link. Now all I can think about is a 57 Ford supercharged wagon!!!!!!!!!-MIKE:)
  7. FoMoCoPower
    Joined: Feb 2, 2007
    Posts: 2,490


    Nice car,my all time favorite body style,but not a survivor,definately restored.
  8. I had one in the 60's 4 speed and 4.57 ass end rated at 300 horse. Ford made them for 2 years 56 and 57. this was when NASCAR was really STOCK CAR racing and the factories had to release at least 250 to the public ( usually specific racers were the public) sure ran hard. A 57 ranchero still held the Super Stock record at Pomona in the early 60's quite a feat with all the factory hot rods
  9. propwash
    Joined: Jul 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,858

    from Las Vegas

    ya could get a factory Paxton on the T-bird in 57 also...but the setup was a bit different due to the lower hood.

  10. that's awesome.. i want a McCulloch for my 292 Y-block but i'm a poor bastard.. did the guy have the the factory invoice to prove it though.. i don't think dealer installed options showed up on the VIN so the invoice would be the only sure-fire way to prove the cars rarity
  11. mart3406
    Joined: May 31, 2009
    Posts: 3,055

    from Canada

    Back in the '60's factory blown '57 Fords were popular and
    fairly common in NHRA Junior Stock classes. Since the Paxton
    supercharged 312 was theoretically available in any Ford body
    style in '57, even station wagons, sedan deliveries and
    Rancheros were popular in certain classes.

  12. onedge
    Joined: May 25, 2006
    Posts: 1,000


    sleeper all under the hood. & 2 belts.
  13. Shaggy
    Joined: Mar 6, 2003
    Posts: 5,208

    from Sultan, WA

    They were rather competitive in the '60s stocker classes too
  14. Dan10
    Joined: Aug 14, 2007
    Posts: 386

    from Joplin

    Forgive my ignorance, but what does the linkage from the carb to the supercharger do?
  15. onlychevrolets
    Joined: Jan 23, 2006
    Posts: 2,307


    Kevin, I did the muffler work on the black one. The same guy owns a 57 wagon and a 57 406 four speed car. His name is Jerry. Super nice guy.
  16. onlychevrolets
    Joined: Jan 23, 2006
    Posts: 2,307


    Opens the supercharger up .....when the butterflys in the carb close you can't be huffing so it closes too.
  17. RAY With
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,133

    RAY With

    .In the mid 50's you could order any thing they had at the factory as to color,engine,transmission or interior. I had a 56 ford Fairlane with a blower. The first McColluch was red in color and had an electronic solenoid activated hi speed. basically it was a variable pitch pulley as I remember it and they worked well. A major bearing problem put them out of business then Andy Granitelli bought out the company and found and corrected the problem and the rest is history. I later on built a box to house 3 duce set up and was able to pressurize the carbs and was an awesome configuration for the time. The 50's proved to be good for the hotrod of the time and horsepower was growing by leaps and bounds
  18. Wow!!!!!! Love the Wagon - nice grocery getter
  19. agtw31
    Joined: Apr 27, 2009
    Posts: 356


    there is a 57 supercharged Ford running in the pure stock drags,runs mid 13's,i believe.
    bone stock.
  20. My friend bought a 57 2 dr. with the 300 horse supercharger back in 57. He wanted to beat is friend that had a 57 injected Chevy. The Chevy beat him every time.
  21. Benzine440
    Joined: Aug 30, 2004
    Posts: 3,285


    Is that the same unit used in the Studebakers? IIRC they share oiling systems with the engine. The Stude units were prone to fail spectacularly.
  22. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 5,922

    from Michigan

    Really nice car. Love '57 Fords. I believe the sc Ford was intended to compete directly with Chevy's '57 Black Widow...and as was previously stated here, the Chevy usually won. Correct me if I'm wrong...I learned some of this stuff a long time ago, and it's fading...faaaaaaading.
  23. Nah,....moonshine car:D
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  24. aceuh
    Joined: Apr 17, 2008
    Posts: 1,360


    I didn't talk with the owner but there was a gent sitting back by the wall in a folding metal chair that was really grinning while we were checking out the car. I feel like an ass for not asking if it was his and seeing what else he could tell me about it.

    My Ford history is pretty much zero. Sure, I can pick out certain models and years but as far as having any knowledge about these rarer cars and options...I'm an idiot.

    The reason I refered to it as a "Survivor" is because that's how it appeared to me in person. The thin paint across the tops of the fenders and interior wear combined with what looked like 50+ years of bumps and scrapes in the trim and paint. I'm not knocking the car, I really dug the look. If this car wasn't a survivor it was definitely a very old restoration with a lot of use and miles on it.

    If he has it out again at next months cruise (and I make it up there) I'll see what I can learn about him and this awesome car.
  25. jkperformance
    Joined: Oct 9, 2008
    Posts: 84


    The wonderful thing about a Ford VIN# is that the engine code is part of the VIN# A Blower 312 Had an F in the VIN, a dual four 312 had an E. I was lucky to be able to hang out in a local garage in the late 60's and early 70's that belonged to John Feistritzer and his partner George. John started out racing M/S with a dual four 56 T-Bird then built a supercharged 57 Custom 2dr sedan and then a 57 Fairlane. The Fairlane (Hoosier Hurricaine) he still races today running in the 11's with some very vintage Y-block stuff.
  26. 61TBird
    Joined: Mar 16, 2008
    Posts: 2,640


    That's why we're here to learn....:D

    I did know about Thunderbirds with S/C's.I did not know about them being installed on other body styles.So I learned something else today.
  27. NO you cant have one ! LOL Bob
  28. Bad driver ! The ford at 9 lbs of boost would outwind and stomp the FI 283 Both were good rides but ford out sold chevy for a reason
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    Correct on the vin code "F", there was one ('57 T-Bird) here on Long Island a few years back that a family member of a friend/customer owned, not sure what happened to it, but it's most likeky still in the family?? Needed a full resto but was complete.

    They were labeled the "F-Bird" years ago!

    Thanks, Gary in N.Y.

    P.S. I would imagine one of these today would go for some substantial monies?
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  30. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,034


    Tell em George---O.K. Brother---Bad to the Bone!! ~Sololobo~

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