Thursday, April 26, 2012

May 2012 Catalog Cover Car: 1955 Ford Thunderbird

Our May 2012 catalog cover featured a custom 1955 Ford Thunderbird. The Thunderbird was built by Tucker's Performance Center in Las Vegas, NV. You might recognized the name of that shop from a previous blog post. Rick Tucker, the owner of Tucker's Performance, gave us a tour of his facility while we were in Las Vegas for an automotive event. On that tour we spotted this Thunderbird.

Custom Fit Plushweave Car Cover
  
The Thunderbird was in its final stages of completion when we visited the shop. It was to unveiled at this year's Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, Ca. After the show, Rick brought the vehicle out to our photo shoot so we could feature it on our May catalog cover. 


The Thunderbird features many custom touches. At first glance the T-Bird looks close to stock except for the frenched headlights and shaved door handles. After a while of looking over the car you'll notice the custom grille, shaved parking lamps and wipers, extended quarter panels and raked rear fins.
The car also features custom rear wheel openings and shaved and tucked bumpers. The custom interior and trunk trim was completed by Gabe's Custom Interiors. The vehicle has a smoothed firewall and custom floor.


The Thunderbird is painted in a Coral Sand finish. All body and paint work was completed by the crew at Tucker's Performance.

Custom trunk upholstery


Schott's Wheels with a custom finish
Under the hood is an all aluminum 452 Ford engine. The car sits on a modified Art Morrison Max G frame.


In case you did not receive one in the mail, here is what the May 2012 catalog cover looks like. Thank you to car owner Al Hummel for letting us photograph the vehicle and to Rick Tucker and everyone at Tucker's Performance for bringing the car out to the photo shoot. For more information on Rick's shop, please visit their website.

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