Just the Facts
Owner: Tim Allen
Located on the driver side rear quarter-panel is a Moal production item, the race car-insp
Star of the silver screen and television funnyman Tim Allen …", as the publicity agents like to write, is the owner of this 1955 Ford sedan. Known for his hot rods that have appeared on several very successful television series, the reality is Tim's real-life rides have proven hot rod heritage; his track-nose roadster, the "Licorice Streak Special", once appeared on the cover of STREET RODDER, and his Saleen Mustang race car that this editor had the good fortune to write about for SR sister publication Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords. His latest rolling stock is filled with early Thunderbird heritage and loads of power befitting its owner.
A stock-bodied 1955 Ford sedan was the basis for this hot rod sedan and to it the craftsmen at Moal Coachbuilders made subtle changes that enhanced the overall look. Some of the mods include frenched headlights and taillights (both custom units), an early Ford Thunderbird-styled hood scope was fashioned by Moal metalcrafters along with custom bumpers, and fabbed air inlets to the engine compartment. All of the sheetmetal mods as well as the following bodywork were handled at Moal's, as was the application of the "arm deep" PPG black paint. Throughout the car one will notice the absence of the obligatory chrome and in place nickel plating is used, all handled by Sherm's Custom Plating.
Power comes via a Ford Racing Ford GT V-8 that was thoroughly massaged by Saleen Performance, which included extensive machine work and assembly, yielding 650-plus horsepower. The heads are a pair of aluminum Ford GT units as are the intake, EFI, and supercharger. An intercooler is also used and it is fabricated into the custom Moal-built grille. The one-off air box comes from the workbench of Moal as do the headers and exhaust system that is matched to a pair of Magnaflow stainless steel mufflers. Other engine goodies include the SPAL electric fans and a Matson radiator. All this power is transferred back to the rear through a Ford Lightening automatic and converter with a Moal custom shifter assembly via a Driveline Service driveshaft.
The 115-1/2-inch stock wheelbase was increased by 1 inch through the use of an Art Morrison Enterprises (AME) 2x4-inch custom rectangular chassis with independent front suspension, rack-and-pinion steering, and a Ford 9-inch rearend. Spinning within the 9-inch is a 3.70 gear with Traction-Lock limited slip and large bearing Strange axles. Strange double-adjustable coilover shocks with a triangulated four-link holds and controls the rear suspension. A Wilwood master cylinder is pressed into service through a custom Moal pedal assembly, which actuates the Wilwood disc brakes and 13-inch rotors. Resting at the corners is the combination of Billet Specialties custom 17-inch wheels in front and 18s in back, then mounted with a set of BFGoodrich rubber. The rear wheel/tire combo required that custom tubs be built into the sheetmetal. In front the AME suspension is based on a pair of lowered spindles made for them by Wilwood, another pair of Wilwood 13-inch rotors and calipers, along with a pair of Strange coilover shocks, this time single-adjustable all reside up front.
A Ford Racing crate Ford GT V-8 massaged at Saleen Performance and topped with a superchar
Inside are a handful of subtle and well thought out modifications matched with stock Ford components making for a "stock appearing" but a highly useful modified interior. A 1955 Ford Thunderbird dash and insert are used and outfitted with Classic Instruments reworked early 'Bird gauges. Finish Line installed the Alpine stereo system and a Vintage Air cooling and heat (through Moal Hid-a-Vent) system is used. Wiring resulted in a combination of the staff at Moal's wiring the basic car while the computer and engine management (some would say the really hard part!) was handled by Steve Podd out of Michigan who traveled west and worked at Moal's shop.
Located in front of the driver is a stock 1955 Thunderbird steering wheel attached to an ididit column. Resting beneath the steering assembly is a custom Moal-built bench seat that is stitched in green leather by Finish Line, all resting on black carpeting. There's also the liberal use of Dynamat to help control heat and sound control within the interior.
Many of us know Tim as "Tim the Tool Man", and today many of us may know him as the "Last Man Standing". However we know him, of his hot rods, this 1955 Ford is another great example.
The scoop is another early 'Bird touch but this time fabricated at Moal's and molded into
Another early 'Bird touch is the 1955 dash, with its "sunlight", and its original gauges r
The neatly trimmed trunk also offers a "hidden"compartment with additional storage.
The custom airbox, headers, and exhaust are more examples of the workmanship by Moal Coach
The steering wheel is 1955 Ford all right, but look more closely it’s early T-bird vintage
The bench is custom made by Moal Coachbuilders and then covered by Finish Line in green le