At first glance things look fairly stock, unless you notice the 8,500-rpm tachometer mounted to the column, just in front of the stock gauge unit that was reworked by Bob's Speedometer. The stock radio was also converted over by Jim Sales and Service to control the Pioneer stereo and CD changer. Another well-hidden option in this build is the A/C system that was provided by Hot Rod Air.
De-arched springs in the back...
De-arched springs in the back and a set of dropped spindles from Fatman Fabrications get this Fairlane down in the proper position. The Cumberland Green and Colonial White paint by Devlin Rod and Customs was added after they cleaned up the exterior with '55 T-bird door handles and frenched headlights and taillights.
Before the threads went in, Devlin Rod and Customs used Lizard Skin insulation wherever they could to deaden noise and provide some protection from heat. Downey's Auto Upholstery in Wichita then laid out the factory Ford fabric/vinyl combo on the stock front and rear seats, then installed dark green carpet as a contrast. Heat-pressed vinyl was used on the door panels for an even more authentic appearance.
Once his car was completed, Tom went down to his son's shop and climbed in behind the wheel and then realized it was the first time he'd been in a '57 Fairlane since his dad had passed away. He then took Tim on a drive, completing a circle that was decades in the making. So who says you can never go home?