Ford Alternative Restomod Article - Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board -- Hot Rod Forum

Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Unanswered Posts Auto Escrow Insurance Auto Loans
Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board > Tech Help> Hotrodding Basics
User Name
lost password?   |   register now

LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 05-31-2006, 02:27 AM
Registered User
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Tenneessee
Posts: 20
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Ford Alternative Restomod Article

just an article i found. i take no credit for anything typed.

When we were cruising the Carlisle All-Ford Nationals last June in the heart of Pennsylvania, we were certainly intrigued by the turnout of Fords, Mercs, and Lincolns. Mustang & Fords Editor Larry Jewett and I walked the show, conceived ideas, and became supercharged by what we saw out there. Power by adrenaline! The Fairlanes and Falcons excited us. Rancheros got us truckin?. Wouldn?t mind cruising to work in that old Lincoln Mark III (Can?t you see a 5.4L DOHC Mod motor with an AODE under that long hood? Coil-on-plug ignition? Let?s rock!). Check out the hams on that Galaxie sport top?427 power too! It was good for us. Now, how can we make it good for you?

Gospel truth: It doesn?t have to be a Mustang. Nor does it even have to be a mainstream Ford. What are the best Fords to modify? Great question, and with even greater answers. Choosing the best Ford to enlist for your car-building project takes advanced thought and planning. Failure to plan can mean the disillusionment of a false start and a ?For Sale? sign in the window because it doesn?t pan out to be what you wanted.

Alternative Restomod

Alternative restomod is any Ford car project outside the Mustang arena. This gives us a large playing field to work with. We?ll begin with sage advice. The more unusual your alternative restomod, the better. Does it get people talking? Good! What about a ?58 Edsel convertible with an FE big-block? Ford fitted the Edsel with a 361ci FE big-block. But what about a 428 Cobra Jet in its place?

Those mid-?50s Crown Vics make terrific restomods. Envision a ?56 Victoria in two-tone paint with billet wheels, an injected 5.8L small-block, a five-speed transmission, 9-inch with 3.55:1 gears, lowered to handle, comfortable threads inside, and more. Let?s toss in the added twist: Build a two-door station wagon. If budget is your main concern, then opt for a two-door sedan or even a four-door station wagon. The wagon makes an excellent cruiser for the entire family.

It doesn?t get much more slippery than a ?60-?61 Ford Starliner fastback sporting lots of twist under the bonnet. Ford fitted these gems with the 352ci FE big-block. This allows you room for bore and stroke up to 428 ci. If you?re lucky enough to find a 427ci block, drop in a 428 crank for a Chevy-spanking 454 ci.

But did you know you can go Modular V-8 power in that vintage Ford: a 5.4L DOHC Navigator V-8 secured from the salvage yard, bolted to an AODE or even a five-speed? The 5.4L DOHC is a fat momma with those huge heads perched atop a taller Modular V-8 block. But big Fords yield plenty of room for high-tech, fuel-injected power. If money?s no object (yeah, right), call the Perogie boys and order up a 427 Cammer just for fun.

Likely the most popular Fords of the ?60s are the ?63-?64 Galaxies. Make ours a ?63-?-?64 sport top, again with the flexibility of an FE-series big-block. We?ll take a 390, but a lot can be done with a 352, which has the benefit of a shorter stroke and higher revs. What?s more, it will accept an Edelbrock Performer 390 top end?heads, manifold, and carb. Because the FE-series big-block is dimensionally the same externally, you can fit up to 428 ci in there.

Mercury yields plenty of options too, like the ?63-?64 Marauder fastback or a ?61-?63 Comet sedan. These Mercs look sharp because they employ more chrome and sculptured sheet metal. The full size Mercurys were fitted with everything from a 240ci inline-six to the 390 FE big-block. There?s room for the imagination up front, including the 385-series 429/460 engines.

Comets are Mercury?s Falcon, perfect for the installation of a 5.0L EFI High Output mill. Just imagine?efficiency and performance in a classic Merc. Because the Comet shares the Falcon?s underpinnings, you can go wild with Mustang-style suspension tricks and ride height. Falcon and Comet differ from Mustang only in terms of width and exterior sheet metal styling. This means you can install bucket seats in a Comet/Falcon sedan. And because the floor pan is similar in dimension, the shifter comes up in the same place (the shifter handle just needs to be longer).

Another popular vintage Ford restomod isn?t a car at all, but a truck. The ?57-?78 Ranchero remains one of the most popular Fords to restomod because it serves double-time as a car and truck. It can haul, and it can haul ***. Falcon and Fairlane Rancheros are among the most valued, but when these guys price themselves out of your league, look to the post-?71 Rancheros for ideas and answers. These roomier Rancheros are comfortable and their engine compartments yield plenty of room for 4.6L/5.4L SOHC power (check your local smog laws first). When a high-tech, overhead cam V-8 doesn?t float your boat, brute big-block power should. The 385-series 429/460 big-blocks fit the ?72-?78 Ranchero perfectly because there?s factory hardware available to make it work.

Alternative restomod is becoming more and more things to different people. At the All-Ford Nationals in Pennsylvania, we saw new twists on older rides we never dreamed would see interest. People tend to sigh when you mention the ?70-?73 Maverick and Comet (?74-?77 Mavericks and Comets had big, ugly bumpers). But these humble little two-door compacts are developing a following. Why? Because they?re cheap to get into and build. There?s also nostalgic value in these cars today. Those of us who grew up with them are seeking the memories now without having to seek a second mortgage.

Like we said earlier, your Ford restomod project doesn?t have to be mainstream or popular. Start a trend with something different, really different. Ford?s cute little Pinto wagon has a lot of potential as a cruiser with room for four and a big cooler in back. We especially like the peek-a-boo, limited-production Pinto panel wagons with the port holes (remember those at the drive-in?). Where we see potential in the Pinto is affordability and provisions for V-8 power. We?re pretty convinced ?75-?78 Mustang II V-8 engine and transmission mounts will accommodate the 289/302ci small-block. The greatest challenge may be radiator-to-fan clearance, just to name one problem. The Vulcan 2.8L V-6 was available in Pinto wagons for a time in the ?70s. This is a bolt-in alternative to the small-block V-8.

Around the time the Pinto was fading away, Ford introduced the Fairmont and Zephyr compact sedans and coupes. The beauty of these compacts is interchangeability with the ?79-?93 Mustang and Capri. They accept all of the trick suspension mods the five-oh guys like, including sub-frame connectors. What?s more, 5.0L EFI power fits under the hood like a glove bolted to a five-speed stick and an 8.8-inch rear axle. The most popular Fairmont restomod is the fastback coupe available in ?79-?81. But we can envision a ?78-?81 two-door sedan lowered in back with huge late-model Mustang wheels and a throaty Flowmaster exhaust system. We can afford all of this because the Fairmont didn?t cost us much to begin with.

Are you beginning to see our point about alternative restomod? It teaches us to take another look at Fords we never considered building before. Perhaps you?ve never considered building an Edsel or a Maverick. But both marques have great potential from a creative standpoint. Just add imagination. Our message here is simple: Build something few other people have and you will stand out and save money because most are easy to get into for not much money. So what are you waiting for? The Sunday classifieds are waiting for you

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 05-31-2006, 03:18 AM
Registered User
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Oregon Coast
Posts: 3
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Alternative Resto-Mod

I have a 1958 T-Bird HT that I am planning on Resto-Modding. I want to keep the body as original as possible,but put in power windows & door locks and leave the handles on dummy.Disc brakes of course and upgrade suspension as needed. Hidden stereo and CD stacker in trunk. The car is Turquoise with Turq. and white interior but I will change the interior and trunk interior to grey/silver in vinyl and tweed with maybe Turq. piping. How's that sound for a start? This car is my daily driver NOT a show car.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Recent Hotrodding Basics posts with photos

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name (usually not your first and last name), your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Please select your insurance company (Optional)


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
M.S. requested joke thread hotrodit Off-Topic 187 08-31-2014 06:14 AM
All right all you Ford guys, a couple of questions Shades_o_Grey General Rodding Tech 8 12-28-2010 06:00 PM
Ford Rear Discs, revisited. DONE! Psquare75 Suspension - Brakes - Steering 39 07-18-2006 06:10 PM
Transfer case - NP 203 - 205 jrm123180 Transmission - Rearend 2 03-24-2006 07:36 AM
40 Ford Dash in a 37 Ford?? Carnut39 Interior 1 12-05-2001 05:51 PM

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:45 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 1999 - 2012. All Rights Reserved.