Frank LaForge's 1956 Ford Sunliner has been a project of many years, with a new engine, fresh interior and paint work needed to transform an unfinished restoration into this perfect-for-summer-cruising ride.
LaForge quickly decided the 272 cubic inch Y-block V-3 that came in his convertible wasn't going to get the job done, so he replaced it with this rebuilt 312 cubic inch T-Bird power plant. Note the custom `Police Interceptor' plate on the firewall.
Inside, the Sunliner was treated to a fresh tuck-and-roll interior executed in dark blue and white by Scott Downey, who notched the front edge of the bench seat to clear the Mustang 5-speed manual shifter.
The factory steering wheel and dashboard layout were retained, but LaForge added an Auto Meter tachometer and under-dash gauges. Note the Vintage Air air conditioning vents and controls he cut into the dash.
The Sunliner rolls down the road on Boyd Coddington polished aluminum 15-inch wheels. The functional side pipes and custom dual exhaust system under the car are the work of Kevin Kaiser's American Muffler shop.
Ford stylists switched from the 1955 model's round parking lights to the more sleek-looking horizontal '56 lights, which sweep back around the front fender. Note the aftermarket gravel shield to protect the lower quarter panel from rock chips.
A closer look at how seamlessly the '55 Merc tail lights blend into the '56 Ford body lines. The `Blue Moon' logo refers to the car's first road trip to Cruisin' the Coast in Mississippi, which occurred during a month with a `blue moon.'