1958 FORD HISTORY
Two interesting periodical covers from the year 1958.
On Wednesday, October 30, 1957 the News Bureau of the Ford Motor Company released the announcement for the 1958 Ford, presenting them as �Nothing newer in the world�. FoMoCo did a major job in re-tooling their 1957 models; they claim to have spent $185 million in developing the 1958 Ford line. There was extensive styling changes which resulted in a car that had a brand new appearance and improved technology.
Engineering-wise, several engines were offered including two
brand new engines for the 58 model. The approved six cylinder "Mileage Maker Six" with 223 cubic inch, rated at 145 HP, was still available. Although fuel consumption was no issue those days Ford promoted the lowest rated engine with the slogan "more miles per gallon then any other engine". Ford offered a 292 cubic inch Y-Block rated at 205 Hp and the 332 cubic inch Interceptor, rated at 240 Hp � as well as two versions of the 352 cubic inch power plants for the 58 Ford range. The �Interceptor Series� is now referred to as the �FE� series engines.
Everything on the FE was new from oil pan to air cleaner, from fan blade to flywheel. The combustion chambers where machined instead of rough cast. A newly designed intake manifold with eight short, direct fuel-air passages directly from carburetor to combustion chamber � referred to at the time as �precision fuel induction�, new carburetors, self adjusting hydraulic valve lifters to eliminate the need of tappet adjustment and new "Cruise-O-Matic" automatic transmissions. Ford even started to "electronically" balance every engine before it was installed, something that seems normal today, but Ford was the first to do it standard on all FE engines.
All 1958 Fords share such dramatic styling changes as new safety dual headlights, corrosion-proof anodized aluminum grille, power flow hood, slip stream roof, sculptured �Power-flow� trunk lid and safety twin taillights.
1958 Ford Fairlane 'Spring Special'- Note the different side trim than the Fairlane 500's.
Here's another 1958 Fairlane 500 - a 2 door hardtop. Note the green tinted "I-Rest" glass that accompanied factory air conditioning.
Here's a 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 for comparing the design differences between the two years.Of particular note is the lack of the ribs stamped in the roof metal. Ford stamped these ribs for the 58 models due to lack of strength in the 57 models.
Other 1958 Ford Images
PRODUCTION NUMBERS FOR 1958
Body Style-Description-# of units produced.
73A Custom 300 Fordor Sedan 163,366
70A Custom 300 Tudor Sedan 173,441
70D Custom 300 2-door Business Sedan 4,062
58A Fairlane 4-door Town Sedan 57,490
64A Fairlane 2-door Club Sedan 38,366
57B Fairlane Town Victoria 4-door Hardtop 5,868
63B Fairlane Club Victoria 2-door Hardtop 16,416
58B Fairlane 500 4-door Town Sedan 105,698
64B Fairlane 500 2-door Club Sedan 34,041
57A Fairlane 500 Town Victoria 4-door Hardtop 36,059
63A Fairlane 500 Club Victoria 2-door Hardtop 80,439
76B Fairlane 500 Sunliner Convertible 35,029
51B Fairlane 500 Skyliner Retractable Hardtop 14,713
59A Tudor Ranch Wagon 2-door Station Wagon 34,578
79A Fordor Ranch Wagon 4-door Station Wagon 32,854
59B Del Rio 2-door Station Wagon 12,687
79D Country Sedan 4-door, 6-Passenger Station Wagon 68,772
79B Country Sedan 4-door, 9-Passenger Station Wagon 20,702
79E Country Squire 4-door, 9-Passenger Station Wagon 15,020
63A Thunderbird Hardtop 35,758
76A Thunderbird Convertible 2,134
Total - 1958 Ford 967,945
Continue on for technical schematics and diagrams for 1958 Fords.
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