1957 Ford Thunderbird Coyote Swap

This cool 1957 Ford Thunderbird came to the V8 Speed & Resto Shop in tribute to the owner’s Father who owned several of these cool Birds over the years.   Today, we’re going to make this one more powerful and reliable for years of trouble-free cruising.   The V8 Speed & Resto Shop team will be installing a custom chassis, complete with Wilwood brakes, coil-over shocks, and upgrade the sway bars for better handling.   The ‘Bird will have far more Thunder thanks to a new Ford Racing 5.0 V8 cranking out 430 HP and over 400 lbs.-ft. of torque.   Additionally, we’re installing a 6-speed automatic transmission spinning that steam back to a new 9″ rear axle.    Upgraded audio and lighting will make it even more fun to drive.  Follow along as we make the upgrades on this slick ’57 Thunderbird!

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1957 Ford Thunderbird 5.0 Coyote Swap and Custom Chassis Part 2 V8 Speed & Resto Shop V8TV

1957 Ford Thunderbird 5.0 Coyote Swap and Custom Chassis Part 2 V8 Speed & Resto Shop V8TV

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.

Stay tuned for part 3!

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!
314.783.8325 https://www.v8speedshop.com

The V8 Speed & Resto Shop is a full-service classic car and muscle car restoration service ready to perform everything from simple maintenance on vintage cars to full frame-off restorations and modifications. Whether you are seeking a stock restoration, a pro-touring muscle car, or a custom restomod, the V8 Speed & Resto Shop in Red Bud, IL, can help. Contact us today to put the V8 crew to work for you. Transport services are available.

V8 Speed & Resto Shop
817 S. Main Street
Red Bud,IL 62278

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