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Published on Nov 30, 2014
Private Owner Car Located in Cambridge, Ohio 43725
This is one of the most tastefully restored cars you'll ever see period. Below is a description in Garys the owners words. He did all aspects of the restoration top to bottom and what a job he did.
Gary has made this Del Rio uniquely his, starting by renovating the two-piece rear tailgate to power open. Emblems, hood, and door handles were shaved, but the rest of the trim was carefully restored—especially the gold-anodized rolled aluminum side accents—to maintain that distinctive Del Rio look.
Inside, Gary made great use of the generous space for some subtle modifications. “I hid the A/C under the dash, which meant I had to move the wiper motors—plenty of room for all of that!” He hid all the controls under the dash lip, and then filled it in and smoothed it out.
Under the hood resides a 1969 351 Windsor engine, equipped with a Lunati Voodoo camshaft, an Edelbrock 600 cfm electric choke carburetor with the glossy EnduraShine finish, and a few other trick elements. The result: an engine with the perfect blend of power, cruising comfort, efficiency, and a jewel-like gleam. After all, this is no trailer queen—Gary built it to drive!
Once Gary wrapped the Del Rio in that Bentley-inspired two-tone paint job (with the light Alpine Green and darker Verdant Green) this car took life as a one of a kind custom. None better or finer.
Frame: Stock Suspension: Stock leaf springs, 2" lowering blocks rear, air shocks Rear Axle: Stock 28-spline axles, Ford 9" rear end, stock 3.65 ring-and-pinion Brakes: Granada disc brakes front, stock drum brakes rear Wheels and Tires: American Racing Chrome Hopster wheels (16" x 7" front and rear), with Kumho Ecsta Supra tires (225 x 50ZR front, 245 x 50ZR rear)
Engine and Transmission
Engine: Ford 351W Cylinder Heads: 1969 stock heads Valvetrain: Lunati Voodoo camshaft (.213"/.219" @ .050", .483" intake/.499" exhaust lift), stock roller lifters, stock pushrods, billet valve covers with billet breathers Induction: Polished aluminum manifold, Edelbrock 600 cfm electric choke carburetor with EnduraShine finish,K&N air cleaner, Summit mechanical fuel pump Ignition and Electrical: MSD Pro-Billet vacuum advance distributor, PerTronix Flame Thrower coil, Tuff Stuff alternator, Haywire wiring harness Exhaust: Stock 1966 Mustang headers, 2 1/4" aluminized tubing, Thrush mufflers Other Items: March billet pulleys, Gotta Show hoses Transmission: Ford AOD (from 1988 Mustang 5.0) Shifter: Gennie floor shifter
Body: 1957 Ford Del Rio Custom Features: Restored trim package; shaved tailgate, door handles, hood, and all emblems; filled cowl panel and firewall Paint: BASF Alpine Green (light) and Verdant Green (dark), Martin Senour clear coat Body Work and Paint By: Gary Hoffman
Front Seats: 1999 Chrysler LHS heated power seats Rear Seats: Stock Upholstery: Light parchment Endurasoft vinyl Upholstery By: Bob Evans Custom Auto Upholstery Carpet: Green nylon loop Dash: Modified with billet gauge cluster by Glenn Hatcher Gauges: Dolphin Instruments & Gauges