Pro Street fans, this is how you build a vintage resto-mod that stands up to the test of time. There are so many hacked-up builds out there with misguided attempts at modernization that this track-ready 1956 Ford Thunderbird Pro Street roadster stands out simply by virtue of its unique choices, insane curb appeal, and attention to detail. Of course, the thundering Dart Big M big block and it's Weiand twin-screw supercharger protruding out of the engine bay doesn't hurt, and it's got the performance hardware to put all that extra horsepower to use without diminishing the fantastic 'Baby Bird' look. Interested in the wildest (and very likely the fastest) thing on four wheels in our showroom? Here it is.
A T-Bird roadster is nothing unique or incredibly special, right? Sure, they have that timeless Americana look that we all love, but they've become so ubiquitous at car shows and on TV that they almost go unnoticed. That unfortunate development must've been on the drawing boards when this beauty was being planned, because the builders did just about everything they could to ensure it would stand out from the crowd, not blend in with the masses. They started with a square tube custom chassis, a fiberglass body with a removable hard top, a performance suspension with giant rear wheel tubs, and a custom interior that's actually comfortable. Painting it glossy black to a near show-quality standard, and then adding high-impact, '80s-style retro graphics on the profiles help stand out from the multitude, giving it a vivid, attention-grabbing look that respects the Bird's storied pedigree while still highlighting all of its exciting Pro Street upgrades. There's not much left of the hood with the space needed for the giant engine and blower – but it was expertly cut, painted around the edges, and a set of hood pins were installed to keep it in place. Other trick touches include one-piece bumpers fore and aft, a billet front grille, shaved door handles, and a plexi-glass rear window and port holes in the removable hardtop. The fiberglass fits together really well, and the black paint is very impressive, so fresh and clean we highly doubt it's ever been tracked in the 2,700 miles since the build was completed. The HUGE narrowed, lengthened, and tubbed rear end allows for those GIANT Mickey Thompson rubbers and deep-set Billet Specialties rims to set the pouncing rake that make this T-Bird look like it's going 100MPH standing still. There's absolutely nothing on the exterior that wasn't tweaked, upgraded, or polished to a high shine during the restoration, and it's all holding up extremely well. And yes, those are two NOS tanks mounted in the rear window like a pair of shotguns on a gun rack, and when engaged this Beast Bird will stand-up and salute the crowd off the line.
The custom interior does a great job matching the exterior's performance flash, with choice upgrades throughout the cabin. Unlike most Pro Street builds, it's actually very comfortable and luxurious inside this Baby Bird, featuring sculpted black vinyl buckets, a padded black dash, and gorgeous two-tone door panels at the flanks. All the soft parts are in excellent shape, including the beautifully stitched hides on the custom center console, the plush carpets on the floors, and the taut white headliner above – further proof that this car was built to be driven much more than just one quarter mile at a time.. A leather-wrapped Grant steering wheel was mounted atop a tilt column to give the driver ample room in the cockpit, and the literal pistol-grip shifter handle atop the B&M shifter is the star of the show. It's joined in the center console with switches for the power windows, a pair of cup holders, and a 'Thunder-Rat' leather badge that combines both the Ford and Chevy logos in the spirit of this build. A full array of AutoMeter gauges with carbon fiber inlays are straight ahead of the driver and monitor the drivetrain, and should you ever dare to add A/C, the vents are already in place in the dash. Out back, the fuel cell, relocated battery, and wheel tubs take up most of the trunk space, although you could probably squeeze in a trophy or two.
If you're trying to figure out what all the ruckus is about, you'll quickly get the picture when you lift the hood and find a thundering Dart Big M big block that grunts out HUGE horsepower thanks to the giant Weiand twin-screw supercharger kit perched up top. Finished in more polished aluminum, billet, and chrome bits than you'll find at a Goodguys show, it's a street-legal piece that was built to dominate at the track. There's a pair of Holley 4-barrel carbs on top, Pro-Filer aluminum heads, a Teague SuperChiller intercooler, long-tube headers, and custom pieces everywhere you look, in addition to all the stout goodies inside. All that horsepower is handled with ease thanks to a custom steel-tube chassis and performance built Powerglide 2-speed automatic transmission with a giant stall convertor, and the smoke-show stays nice and cool thanks to a giant aluminum radiator and electric fan. The reinforced chassis and custom suspension carries a rack-and-pinion steering setup, coilovers, and custom tubular control arms up front, along with a back-halved tub and 9-inch rear end with a fully adjustable 4-link set-up with coilovers and a giant sway bar. Wilwood power 4-wheel disc brakes provide great stopping power and the stainless dual exhaust system sounds simply spectacular with or without the electric cut-outs engaged. Billet Specialties come wrapped in a classic big-and-little set-up with 205/75/15 Mastercrafts up front and 31x18x15 Mickey Thompsons in the rear that set the aggressive stance.
With a huge big block motor, custom chassis, and expert workmanship throughout, this is one on the most unique and well-executed Pro Street creations you'll ever see. Call today!
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