cornering brought out the advantages of a low center of gravity.
This new Ford really sticks. Body lean is modest, and with
the built-in oversteer, you get a feeling of confidence in the car's
ability to do your bidding. Not that you can't break it loose;
we did several times, but it broke reluctantly and a quick correction
of the wheel put it back in the groove.
is positive with about average resistance without power advantage.
You'll like the feel of the smaller deep-dished steering wheel ,
and the driving position, with its conduciveness to good control.
The four turns from lock to lock could probably be reduced
to 3 1/2 turns without creating undue turning resistance.
Steering ratio is up from 25.3 to 1 to 27 to 1, "for easier
turning," says Ford, but we feel the smaller (14-inch) wheels,
with broader rims and more tread surface on the road, may have had
something to do with the change.
Ford for '57 should be a most interesting car to watch. There
are plenty of Ford fingers crossed and they'll remain to until an
upward sales trend is established. No-one really knows why
the '56 Chevy wound up so far ahead, but Ford hopes to close the
gap with their '57 offering. They think you will like it.
We think you may, too.
information thanks to:
TREND / NOVEMBER 1956
SPECIAL NOTE: "FORD DID OUT SELL CHEVY IN 1957"
Motor Company was looking for a means of increasing the performance
of their racing engines as a part of their long running NASCAR battle
with Chevrolet. With the Rochester Fuel Injection looming
on the horizon Fords prospects looked weaker for 1957 and they were
looking at all options. Ford decided to use the Paxton-McCulloch
supercharger for NASCAR, and after evaluation decided that the VR57
fitted it's need, and as the VR blowers had not been made available
to the public by the time Ford set up an exclusive contract with
Paxton Products for the VR57. NASCAR stipulated that a minimum
of 50 power plants had to be manufactured to the racing specification
before the engine was allowed to race. Ford built between
50 and 100 supercharged 312 cid engines, equipped with the Phase
1 Paxton-McCulloch VR57's which produced 6 pounds of boost, for
racing during 1957. These power plants, which were conservatively
rate at 340 bhp (Paxton claimed 360bhp), proved to successful in
racing (much to Chevrolet annoyance) and contributed to the NASCAR
and USAC ban of supercharging, multi-carburetion and fuel injection
after one year. Ford also introduced the Supercharger
as a $500 factory option on passenger cars and Thunderbirds in 1957.
The F code supercharged 312 Y-Block engine was rated at 325 hp.
These engines were in response to Chevrolet 283 hp fuel injection
283 cid engine and significantly Ford exceeded the 1 bhp per 1 cid
record claimed by Chevrolet in 1957. The Paxton-McCulloch
VR57's installed on these engines are known as the Phase 2 VR57's
as they were slighty modified in design to the competition Phase
1's and were de-rated to 5 pounds boost in conjunction with less
radical cam to improve the longevity of the engines.
more information on superchargers check out Jim Moody's site:
www.vs57.com Thanks Jim
1957 Supercharged Fords
|Ford's supercharger program was a stopgap measure to counteract Chevrolet's sophisticated small block V8 on the nations racetracks, which in 1957 had grown to 283 cubes and 283 horsepower with fuel injection. Ford had owned the V8 market since 1932, so when Chevrolet started to win races in 1955 and 1956 with their new V8, initially a 265, Ford instituted a game plan to regain superiority. The blown 312 Ford 2-door sedans topped Chevrolet 27 wins to 19 in NASACORT in 1957. In USAC, it was all FoMoCo, with 12 wins for Ford and four firsts for Mercury. A minimum number of units had to be built for the street for the Supercharger to be considered stock and eligible for NASCAR. Well known are the F-model Thunderbirds with blown 312s. Exactly 211 were built. More obscure are the supercharger-equipped passenger car. The formula in 1957 was to take the lightest, least optioned, cheapie 2-door sedan and fit it with the most powerful engine you had, in Ford's case the supercharged Y-block 312 V8 rated at 300 horsepower but was really producing 325 horsepower. To drive these cars, Ford assembled what is arguably the greatest collection of stock car racing talent ever on one team. Fireball Roberts, Curtis Turner, Joe Weatherly, Marvin Panch, Paul Goldsmith, Parnelli Jones, Eddie Pagan, and Ralph Moody (later, of Holman-Moody). Ford's blown Y-block V8 under the hood created the quintessential street NASCAR Stocker.
Thanks Popular Mechanic