I had seen, and worked on, a lot of mid-1950s Fords over the years, so I didn’t exactly make a beeline over to see Jim Tone’s beautifully restored 1956 Fairlane Victoria at the local show and shine—that is until he opened the hood. In the engine compartment was a big 312 Y block Super Thunderbird V8, which was immaculate, but not unusual, except for the large red air filter on top with two wing nuts holding it in place. That merited closer inspection.
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