1956 Ford Victoria At the Detroit Autorama


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By DryLakesRacer - 6 Months Ago
Don't know if this will open and there is sure a lot of bucks in this build but I thought the interior of this Victoria was very well done keeping with the "stock" look eventho the pattern was for a Sunliner and Crown. I probably couldn't afford the bumper fitting done on this one. The story of  the owner is great too.
The engine says a lot for us Y guys and the HP is really great if it's believed. I'm really not familiar with what boost is best and I sure others will chime in here. I hope it will open up. If not go to You Tube search 1956 Ford Victoria Detroit 2019 and it's the first one....enjoy
https://youtu.be/WVNXdhKh4lA
By MoonShadow - 6 Months Ago
Beautiful car with a lot of respect to the original. Unfortunately even after building this dual supercharged engine including Mummert heads Wes still has to take a pot shot at the Y-blocks. They just refuse to accept the true history of our favorite engines.
By paul2748 - 6 Months Ago
It's a beautiful car but I can't fathom the rubber band wheel/tire combo.
By miker - 6 Months Ago
I think it’s a beautiful car, and very nicely done. Close enough to original most people won’t spot the difference. Even the wheel tubs are downplayed by the rubber mat (I assume it’s tubbed, I don’t remember them being that wide). It even looks like they modified the stock air cleaner as the blower bonnet. Nice touches.


My buddy has 56 Nomad done in much the same spirit, and I like those style of cars. Colors and wheels tend to be highly personal, and the big wheel low profile is look is the rage now, particularly in that part of the show circuit.

I had a friend with a 62 that kept 2 sets, the modern ones for those kind of shows, and more traditional ones for when he was driving it or looking at it. That’s what he kept on most of the time. Nothing easier to change than the wheel tire combo.
By 1960fordf350 - 6 Months Ago
In Cleveland Ohio we have the Piston Power Show and Auto Rama.   March 15-17 2019.   Here's a few Y blocks from last years showhttp://forums.y-blocksforever.com/uploads/images/cd6a8d5d-0d85-4d52-939f-4d07.jpghttp://forums.y-blocksforever.com/uploads/images/7af99a68-c76f-4db4-9995-e456.jpghttp://forums.y-blocksforever.com/uploads/images/9dd39547-7c2b-4b75-967f-fc9c.jpg
By MoonShadow - 6 Months Ago
This is John Mumford's 56 Ford at the 2018 GNRS. It was beautiful to see. Also running a Y-Block!http://forums.y-blocksforever.com/uploads/images/6a2e12f1-77f1-42b7-ab77-c566.jpg
By Florida_Phil - 6 Months Ago
My first Ford Hot Rod was a 1956 Victoria.  The Y block doesn't get the respect it deserves because it's potential was never realized. Y Blocks were just beginning to reach the hot rod stage when the rug was pulled out from under the engine. The FE motor released in 1958 was the beneficiary of Y Block research and millions of dollars which lead Ford to it's Lemans win. FE's were also capable of powering the larger Fords that came in the sixties. 

I got my driver's license in 1963.  Y Blocks were cheap.  You could buy a decent 55-56 V8 Ford with a manual transmission for $200.  Throw on a 4 barrel and dual exhaust and you could burn your tires to the ground.  Once I got a decent job, I switched to FEs to keep up with the GMs.  Very few scrubies could touch the Ford 427 on the street or the race track.

At 72 years old, I find myself back in the Y Block business.   It's great fun.  All of a sudden people are interested in this motor.  They ask me questions that we knew the answer to 50 years ago.  Sometimes I wonder what will happen to all these cars.  In 200 years will someone look at my TBird and say "I wonder if that's a 292 or a 312?".   Smile


By charliemccraney - 6 Months Ago
I remember seeing pictures of the blower mock up on Facebook.  We know that the claimed power is well within the realm of possibility for a Y so it's definitely plausible.
I like the Y-Block valve cover radiator cover.
By MoonShadow - 6 Months Ago
True Charlie but again the builder thinks increasing boost will blow up the old Y-block. These scrub lovers are so stubborn. Also the Y Florida_phil the Y-blocks were runners and winners back in the day. They ruled NASCAR in their time and found their way to the dragstrip in everything from fast stockers to dragsters. We have the California automotive world and magazines to thank for the blatant disregard of them. 
By FORD DEARBORN - 6 Months Ago
Greetings to all: The Ford featured in the link provided by DryLakesRacer is exactally what is needed. I believe this 56 Ford will serve to show the younger generation there are superbly styled and engineered vehicles by "the other brand." Great thread DLR.              JEFF.............
By DryLakesRacer - 6 Months Ago
Thanks Dearborn, I wish there was no mention of using a Y in the build other than compliments. There is no reason on this site to have badmouthing of any brand and use of chosen engine. When I hear them, as by Wes, I just ignore it as I believe we all should. Even in other print, magazines etc: it shows the ignorance of the writer. Owners know and when asked can share experiences with our engines. Nuf-said.. JD
By rpmgracy@netzero.net - 6 Months Ago
more progress
By Florida_Phil - 6 Months Ago
I can't speak for others, but I believe most of us love YBlocks for nostalgia reasons.  These engines were my first experience with Hot Rodding.  Whenever I work on mine, I smile remembering long nights trying to get my 56 Ford running so I could go to work the next day.  I remember dealing with major rear seal oil leaks and clicking rockers.  I also remember installing my first 3/4 race cam, whatever that meant.   Blowing second gear was standard operating procedure back in the day along with Fox Craft floor shifters and Cadillac rear tires.  Belittling other car makes was part of the fun. A good running 301 small block Bow Tie motor with fuelie heads could blow the doors off my 292.  We called them scrubs anyway. 

When the GTO showed up in 1964, the landscape changed.  I still remember a street race where a girl with a new Tripower GTO beat the fastest car in school right in front of the high school parking lot.   Eventually, Ford gave us engines that could compete.  Few GTOs or big block scrubelles could touch my 427 Fairlane or my Cobra jets and I didn't have to insult them to do it.  My 292 is a time capsule.  It takes me back to a simpler time when money was tight and racers ran at midnight.  It's all good.


By Dave C - 6 Months Ago
Florida_Phil (3/11/2019)
I can't speak for others, but I believe most of us love YBlocks for nostalgia reasons.  These engines were my first experience with Hot Rodding.  Whenever I work on mine, I smile remembering long nights trying to get my 56 Ford running so I could go to work the next day.  I remember dealing with major rear seal oil leaks and clicking rockers.  I also remember installing my first 3/4 race cam, whatever that meant.   Blowing second gear was standard operating procedure back in the day along with Fox Craft floor shifters and Cadillac rear tires.  Belittling other car makes was part of the fun. A good running 301 small block Bow Tie motor with fuelie heads could blow the doors off my 292.  We called them scrubs anyway. 

When the GTO showed up in 1964, the landscape changed.  I still remember a street race where a girl with a new Tripower GTO beat the fastest car in school right in front of the high school parking lot.   Eventually, Ford gave us engines that could compete.  Few GTOs or big block scrubelles could touch my 427 Fairlane or my Cobra jets and I didn't have to insult them to do it.  My 292 is a time capsule.  It takes me back to a simpler time when money was tight and racers ran at midnight.  It's all good.





Dead on with a zero, love it,
Dave

By 1960fordf350 - 6 Months Ago
Piston Power Show ends today in Cleveland.   A few Y's were represented,  mostly in Bird's.   http://forums.y-blocksforever.com/uploads/images/0331547d-3239-42db-954d-49bd.jpghttp://forums.y-blocksforever.com/uploads/images/c9cf3d69-ecff-4d35-bf5f-e0a5.jpghttp://forums.y-blocksforever.com/uploads/images/0a1cd66b-eaa8-41e7-b6dd-c05a.jpg
By Bobwanna - 6 Months Ago
rpm.. I noticed no response to your progress on your blown Y-Block. Looks great to me. It might be helpful to introduce yourself on this site and let all of us know what you are building. I do not post much. I just try to glean as much info as I can until I can actually work on mine - Cheers - Bob
By rpmgracy@netzero.net - 6 Months Ago
It's actually a friend of mine's - he don't do computers & I barley do - it's a 56 Victoria 2dr h/t