1957 Ford Fairlane Harvey from Florida

This 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 received an “old school” mild custom as seen in late 1950’s and early 1960’s. All changes and modifications are period correct.

Before Harvey purchased this, the main force behind the vehicle was Carl. He set out to recreate the car he drove as a young man in the 1950’s. Carl purchased this California made car in June of 1992 from a man in Rochester NY. Carl laid out the scope of work and modifications to be made. He, with the help of two brother-in-law’s, did all the work on the car in his garage, with the exception of the final painting. It was a body off restoration and rebuild of all the mechanicals. This work spanned 14 years from 1992 to 2006. The paint application of the Ford Rio red paint was contracted in March of 2006.

It has been lowered 3 ½ inches in the front and 2 inches in the back to create the California rake. All badging has been removed as well as door handles and locks. In the parlance of the day it had been nosed, decked, and shaved. The headlights are “Frenched”, they modified taillights, and there is a custom California tube grill. It has a tuck n’ roll Naugahyde interior and trunk. Also attached are full-length lake pipes and hand-made Jimmy Jones “bubble” skirts.

The engine is a later model 7.5 liter (460 cubic inches) Ford engine matched to a C-6 automatic transmission with cooler. Some features include a Lunati camshaft and kit, Cobra Jet oil pump and pan, valve covers & breather, Edelbrock aluminum intake/600 cfm carburetor, and more.

Harvey purchased the car in the summer of 2013. In March, 2016, it was rear-ended while sitting at a stop light. When Harvey had trouble finding a replacement bumper for the 57 Ford. He was very pleased that Hagerty recommended sending the bumper to a company in Pennsylvania for repair. It took a while, but the bumper came back perfect. Harvey said, “Now you ask: What have I contributed? I mostly write checks!” Although this is primarily a cruiser, you can see that it also has some “grunt” and can scoot when necessary. By the way when Harvey is behind the wheel, he is once again 18 years old, so don’t expect him to act mature.

Cathy Floreno