A great way to enjoy a classic car is to upgrade it with a modern engine, transmission, and suspension system for today’s power, performance, and reliability with yesterday’s classic looks.     The crew at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop has performed many of these types of conversions, adding reliable power and performance without sacrificing that classic car look.  This 1957 Ford Thunderbird is a great example of how to completely change the driving personality of a vintage car with today’s technology.   The V8 Speed and Resto Shop crew installed a Ford Racing 5.0 Coyote V8 engine backed by a Ford 6R80 6-speed automatic transmission into this clean black Thunderbird.

But in order to handle the extra power, the V8 Speed and Resto Shop also installed a new performance chassis to add improved suspension geometry, more precise steering, better Wilwood brakes, increased traction, and overall chassis stiffness to the classic T-Bird.   We’re also installing a Vintage Air A/C unit, sounds from Custom Autosound, and making some interior upgrades. 

In part 1, we go over the story of this 1957 Thunderbird and outline the plans for the conversion.   Be sure to subscribe for the next chapter to see the progress on this restomod Thunderbird!

In part 2, we cover the details on the chassis, engine, transmission, and modifications needed to the car’s body to make it all fit. 

In part 3, we complete the assembly, paint the details, and take the 5.0 Coyote swap Thunderbird for a drive!    With the new chassis, engine, Wilwood brakes, Hydratech booster, and other performance parts, the car drives wonderfully.    

You can see more photos of the work on this one by clicking on the link in the description, and please don’t hesitate to contact us if your muscle car needs some upgrades, tuning, or a complete do-over… we’re happy to help!

Contact the V8 Speed & Resto Shop for all your restoration and performance needs!