Albert Ornellas' 1957 Ford
1957 Ford Thunderbird owned by Albert Ornellas of Lowell, Massachusetts. From July 23, 1959 to October 27, 1959 Al's Thunderbird was at Bill Frick Motors receiving a 389 Pontiac engine with two McCulloch blowers. Before the engine was installed, it was balanced and equipped with Forgedtrue pistons, PC rings, special bearings, full-floating wrist pins, high pressure oil pump, relieve combustion chambers, ground-out ports, adjustable rocker arm studs, Howard cam and lifters, log-type intake manifold and 6 Rochester carburetors, lightened and polished valves, Spaulding distributor, a special flywheel and clutc and more. The McCulloch blower was installed with all necessary installation components especially designed and fabricated to permit operation without idler arms. The conversion took 663 hours to perform. The hourly charge was 5 USD, and the total price $3315.00.
Don Schleich's big brother Jack worked for Frick when Albert's Thunderbird was done. In 2013 Don still remembered that they had a customer from Massachusetts at Bill Frick Motors that was a big time street racer for money, and that he had a 1957 Ford Thunderbird that Frick and the boys put a 389 Pontiac with two McCulloch blowers under the hood. The only thing you could see from the outside was a little bump on each side of the hood where the top of the blowers would have interfered.
Albert parked the car in the mid 1960s, and it didn't see the light of day until he died in 1989. The blower system was according to Albert's grandson scrapped at some point before the car was parked, as it didn't work right. The tear drops on the hood and the gauge panel inside the car are all that is left of Frick's system.
div class="thumb tright tmobile">
Did you enjoy this article?
Kustomrama is an encyclopedia dedicated to preserve, share and protect traditional hot rod and custom car history from all over the world.
- Help us keep Kustomrama and history alive. For as little as 1 USD a month you can become a monthly supporter. Click here to learn more.
- Subscribe to our free newsletter and receive regular updates and stories from Kustomrama.
- Do you know someone who would enjoy this article? Click here to forward it.
Can you help us make this article better?
Please get in touch with us at email@example.com if you have additional information or photos to share about Albert Ornellas' 1957 Ford.
This article was made possible by:
SunTec Auto Glass - Auto Glass Services on Vintage and Classic Cars
Finding a replacement windshield, back or side glass can be a difficult task when restoring your vintage or custom classic car. It doesn't have to be though now with auto glass specialist companies like www.suntecautoglass.com. They can source OEM or OEM-equivalent glass for older makes/models; which will ensure a proper fit every time. Check them out for more details!
Do you want to see your company here? Click here for more info about how you can advertise your business on Kustomrama.