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                                                                                 Page 67 of Street Rods, Pro Street, etc.

 

       Here are two of my friend Dick Robin's former Ford rides: a 37 Ford Sedan with a  

   Corvette 350 LT-1 Drive train, and a 55 T-Bird Convertible with a 514 Cubic Inch/630 HP V8  

 

       

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                       Here is a cool 55 T-Bird which used to belong to Dick Robbins

       

This trick 1955 T-Bird replica was built by Regal Roadsters complete with a 514 cube/630 HP  V8, a 6-speed

transmission, and a very capable coil-over suspension.  This cool T-Bird features a tubular space frame,

a steel reinforced fiberglass body, and power accessories like A/C and power windows, this T-Bird

is not only cool looking, it is extremely fast with its Ford Big Block.    A compact polished billet aluminum

accessory drive system includes power steering and air conditioning, and features a single serpentine

belt just like a modern car, and itís all polished to a show finish. Hoses and lines are all braided stainless

 and thereís a polished aluminum radiator up front thatís cooled by a matching red electric fan.

A Wilwood billet master cylinder on the firewall feeds the 4-wheel disc brakes, and even the overflow

tanks and reservoirs for all the fluids are polished. 

  

The front suspension consists of upper and lower A-arms (chrome plated, of course), with adjustable

coil-over shocks and a modern rack-and-pinion system.   Out back, thereís a beefy 4-link, again with

polished and chrome plated links and coil-over shocks, and a beautifully finished Ford 9-inch rear with

4:11 posi-unit.  Thereís vented and cross-drilled brake rotors at each corner, clamped by Wilwood calipers.

 

Check out the ultra clean hand-made exhaust system, which has been fully polished so it matches the

rest of the underside of the car.  Wheels are  polished aluminum Budnik 5-spoke units with

Yokohama Advantage 245/45ZR17 in front and 315/35ZR17 rear tires.

 

Inside youíll find a completely custom-built interior that is a modern interpretation of the already

gorgeous 1955 Thunderbirdís cockpit.   Done in gray leather, the seats are deep buckets that are

every bit as comfortable as the originals but with a console separating them for a more contemporary

feel than the original bench. The door panels are spectacular recreations of the originals, including

the cool engine-turned inserts that stretch into the dashboard and frame the instrument panel.

 

And speaking of the instrument panel, it sure looks like an original dash, but the gauges are very

cool custom pieces that feature carbon fiber faces with Regal Red inserts and Thunderbird markingsó

A custom console has been constructed to house the shifter for the 6-speed, while HVAC controls

are in the dash in the usual location.   The billet aluminum steering wheel is wrapped in matching gray

leather and feels great in your handsónot too fat, not too small, but just right for the vintage driverís seat.

 

Although built as a show car, with many awards, Dick drove this car on cruises, etc. before selling it.

This was definitely not a trailer queen.  

 

      

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

 

                                                                                     Page 67 of Street Rods, Pro Street, etc.

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