Tim Musico's 1957 Ford
1957 Ford Ranchero owned and restyled by Long Beach Cavaliers member Tim Musico of Anaheim, California. Tim began restyling the car in July 2008. The car was nosed, decked and shaved for door handles. The body seams were filled to achieve a cleaner appearance. Tim fit the Ranchero with a 1958 Edsel front clip along with hard to find 1958 Edsel Wagon taillights. In order to match the front bumper, Tim got hold of a Edsel passenger rear bumper which was sectioned to fit as well. Nearly all the chrome and stainless steel were rechromed or polished. With the help of some good friends, Tim got it painted a late 1980's Chrysler burgundy color called dark vivid red (dupont), with more brown tones and less purple. The top was done in a 1980's Ford metallic silver base with a real fine metalflake. The interior was upholstered in black tuck and roll vinyl and fit with a new carpet. A Ford big block 360 FE nestled under the hood, which was rebuild to stock specs and fit with Petronix electronic ignition conversion. A Ford C6 automatic transmission was hooked to the engine along with a Ford 9 inch rear end.
The suspension was kept stock up front, however a disc brake conversion kit was installed which lowered the front end. Air bags were installed in the rear with tank and compressor. Whitewall tires with a Dodge Lancer style cap wrapped up the style. After working on the car for about one year, it was finally finished in July, 2009.
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