Rod & Custom Feature Car
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Ray & Judy Brown Bend, Oregon
1957 Ford Two-Door Ranch Wagon

From the firewall forward, the stock Ford frontend was replaced with a '69 Camaro clip including spindles, springs, antiroll bar, steering box, and drum brakes. The stock 9-inch rearend with 3.50:1 gears was retained, along with stock springs and brakes, plus Monroe air shocks. The original fuel tank was replaced with a new stock 20-gallon tank.

Some paint on the finned air cleaner cover and valve covers are about as flashy as it gets under the hood. Ray bought the car minus an engine and transmission and filled the empty engine compartment with a Chevy 350 right out of the crate from GM. The small-block is fed by an Edelbrock 600-cfm carb on an Edelbrock Performer intake. Stock Chevy ram horn exhaust manifolds and 2-inch exhaust pipes are quieted by a pair of 22-inch Smithy's mufflers. The 700-R4 AOD gearbox was put together at Swan's Automotive in Bend.

Wheels & Tires
The tires are BFGoodrich Premier Touring radials, P205/65R15 and P215/70R15. The rims are from Wheel Vintiques' 62 Series of OE-style steelies, 15x6 in front and 15x7 in back. They've been painted to match the green body color and dressed up with rings and stock '57 Ford hubcaps.

Body & Paint
Ray wasn't about to make any cuts to the body style he has liked for so long. Except for the stance, the solid rear quarter glass (which replaces the factory sliding windows), and a pair of outside mirrors from a '55 Chevy, the body remains unmodified. After straightening all that sheetmetal, Ray delivered the car to Gary Tandy in Bend, who covered it with DuPont SpectraMaster green and white--protected by a clearcoat.

In keeping with the overall look of the wagon, Ray chose to keep the interior looking close to stock, with a few updated accessories. Red Hot Interiors in Bend covered the seats in green and white vinyl using a LeBaron Bonney kit to replicate the original look. Juliano's seatbelts, an Old Air Products air conditioning system, and a JVC stereo were installed before hitting the road. Controls for the A/C are underneath the dash, along with a Stewart Warner Wings oil pressure gauge and voltmeter. The pedals are from Lokar, and the Billet Specialties Classic steering wheel turns a Chevy tilt steering column.