1954 Ford Crestline
Following in the tradition of previous Ford factory built Mustang race cars like the 1968 Cobra Jet, the Boss 429 and the FR500S Mustang Challenge car, Ford Racing and AAI started work on a production run of 50 Cobra Jet Mustangs in January 2010. Ford Racing built 50 Cobra Jet Mustangs at Ford vendor facilities.
One thing that the crew at Volo Auto Museum understands is that context is everything. They have gone the extra mile to display each movie car with memorabilia and signage that brings the scene to life. The museum features actual movie props such as Tom Cruise's racing seat from Days Of Thunder.
Classic Car Overview
This project started with a solid 1954 car. The body was removed from the frame and given a full acid dip. It retains its original sheetmetal throughout with only minor repair work to the lower quarters and small portions of the rockers. The frame was completely sandblasted, epoxied, and urethaned. All trim is in great condition, and all chrome parts were re-plated. A fuel cell was installed in the trunk (though the original fuel tank could be re-installed). All rubber seals were replaced. The wheels and tires are all new. There is even a new Plexiglas top.
But that's just the beginning. The suspension was completely rebuilt. The front received 2-1/2" drop spindles along with power disc brakes. There is also a line lock if you want to show off. The rear is a narrowed Ford 8" using an Auburn limited slip carrier with 3.55 gears and Moser axles. The power steering uses a slick box from Isuzu that tucks in very nicely.
The engine is a Ford 351 Windsor that was fully rebuilt for this vehicle. The block received an overbore and was fitted with 10:1 pistons for good pump gas performance. There is a long duration camshaft that sounds great but still has good street manners. Up top is a single plane aluminum intake manifold with an Edelbrock carburetor with electric choke. There are also Hedman headers feeding the dual exhaust. The transmission is a fully rebuilt Ford FMX automatic with a 2,600 rpm torque converter.
And of course the interior was also redone. The power front seats are from a late model Buick LaSabre, and the custom upholstery looks very inviting. The dashboard was modified with a Dakota Digital speedometer and tachometer. There is also a Flaming River tilt steering column. Everything works as expected; wipers, horn, radio, heater, parking brake, dash lights, etc.
There has been a tremendous amount of work done to this car (receipts and photos included). It has fewer than 200 miles since completion. Everything is sorted out and ready to go. And as a 1954 Skyliner restomod, you'll be riding in a style all your own.
Classic Car ID100844960
CategoryHot Rods & Customs
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