1957 Ford circa 1970

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I wasn't going to buy anymore kits until I finished a few more projects, but it was pretty hard to resist a new '57 Ford when my brother called me up and said "Hey, I'm headed to Hobby Lobby with the wifey and we've got an extra 40% off coupon." Since the nearest one is an hour away, how could I not? Can't do much painting anyway, 'til the weather is more friendly, and I want to hack on one of these a bit. :P

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I wasn't going to buy anymore kits until I finished a few more projects....

Oh, how many times I've told myself that same sweet, sweet lie. :lol:

For some reason that mockup reminds me of a '59 I saw at St. Ignace last year-

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Cool! What engine is that in there? Hard to see on my phone at work lol

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This will be nice....keep it going!!

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I like the wheels on that

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Oh ya, that's going to be cool !

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Cool! What engine is that in there? Hard to see on my phone at work lol

Looks like a cammer

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yup. I am at home now so I can see it clearly lol. Guess I may have started something jamming a cammer in one of these. better get back at mine.

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I wasn't going to buy any more kits but,.............. :lol::lol::lol:. This car is perfect for the "Gasser Look", I'm going to have to build at least two more. Man that engine looks huge! I'll be watching.

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KEEP GOING! THIS IS GOING TO BE COOL!!!!!

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Yeah, I know...the art of self-delusion, right? Ah well. I try. :D

Yep, Cammer. It was the first thought I had when I read the kit was coming out, although I'll admit that I danced around several non-Ford alternatives before I finally decided to stick with it. I'll put anything in anything and not feel the slightest bit ashamed. Alright, that sounded bad. Yes, I'm still talking about engines. lol. It came down to this one, a blown Pontiac SD421, a tri-carb Olds 455, and a DOHC Hemi. My semi-conscious "backstory" for the car just ended up calling for the big Ford. I'm betting that I build another one down the road with one of the others. It's very loosely based on the Riki Creiger '57.

I have several kit Cammers, but I wasn't completely happy with the rocker covers in any of them. I ended up smoothing out the pair from a Polar Lights funny car and replacing the fins. The block, front cover and pan are from the '33 Willys. Intake is, if I remember right, from a '69 Torino kit. Carbs from a T-Bolt, and the Toploader from the '66 Fairlane.

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Wasn't happy with the front cover either, so today I sat down and reworked it. Still not perfect to the real thing, but it's a lot closer...and close enough for me once it's buried with other parts.

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The engine is looking good! That is some extreme work you are doing to get what you want, I admire that. Keep it going I'm really enjoying this build.

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Thanks, Ron. I've been watching yours as well.

One more engine mockup shot that I forgot to post the other day. Nice thing about using the Willys' SOHC block is that its motor mounts line right up with those in the '57. A little trimming on each to fit them together and set the engine height, and that part was all done. Just need to make a spacer for the tranny snout to hold the motor at a slight incline instead of a severe one. I should also note that I clearanced the tranny hump about as much as the existing plastic allowed. Fortunately, it was just enough.

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I need to get the frame in shape before I get too far ahead of myself on the engine. Typical cart-before-the-horse BLAH_BLAH_BLAH_BLAH that comes along with making stuff fit. Change one thing and it all snowballs. :P

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Here's where I'm at right now. I wanted to ditch the lower halfs of the inner fenders. The way the kit is designed, it has a full firewall behind the inner fenders. Really nice...especially when they were kind enough to include the lower part of the firewall/frame body mounts in the floor plate engraving. I've left them in place while I removed everything ahead of them, and will build the missing upper portions from sheet stock.

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Yeah, I know...the art of self-delusion, right? Ah well. I try. :D

Yep, Cammer. It was the first thought I had when I read the kit was coming out, although I'll admit that I danced around several non-Ford alternatives before I finally decided to stick with it. I'll put anything in anything and not feel the slightest bit ashamed. Alright, that sounded bad. Yes, I'm still talking about engines. lol. It came down to this one, a blown Pontiac SD421, a tri-carb Olds 455, and a DOHC Hemi. My semi-conscious "backstory" for the car just ended up calling for the big Ford. I'm betting that I build another one down the road with one of the others. It's very loosely based on the Riki Creiger '57.

I have several kit Cammers, but I wasn't completely happy with the rocker covers in any of them. I ended up smoothing out the pair from a Polar Lights funny car and replacing the fins. The block, front cover and pan are from the '33 Willys. Intake is, if I remember right, from a '69 Torino kit. Carbs from a T-Bolt, and the Toploader from the '66 Fairlane.

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wow, they certainly spent some time making the molds for the Holley carbs in that t-bolt kit, best castings I've ever seen of these from a major manufacturer.

anyone that wants a proper looking Holley on their model should be using these if they can't find a good set from a resin caster.

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Yeah, they are very nice, indeed...even when they're on backwards. :D

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i don't want to start a riot about fotobuckits etc and so on, but as difficult as it is to post pics here, why copy an entire post to refer to a section of another?

btw, cool looking build so far. i've got one in process as well, i might scare up a cammer for it too.

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A little more progress...you'd think these little mounts would be easy (at least I thought they would be). They fought me like crazy. lol. One of those things that'll rarely get noticed, but I'll know.

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May seem right out in the open from this vantage point, but by the end they'll be all but hidden by the headers.

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Nice work so far. I like the work you did on the cammer's front cover. I did some similar work on mine for my 53 Ford but didn't go as far as you. Looking at yours I may gi back and redo mine using yours as a reference. Also, great work on those front body mounts. Too bad they won't be able to be seen clearly in the end.

Later-

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Yeah- engine mounts like that ALWAYS put up more of a fight than you'd expect. :D Love the way that front cover came out.

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Nice!!! I really like the front end, the way it is looking, keep it going! :)

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Hoping to see some progress on this super cool build REALLY SOON Chris! ;)

Get well quickly my friend! :)

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