1958 Tornado Typhoon

Started on May 9, 2013, 1:56 p.m.

What’s a Tornado Typhoon? Good question. It’s one of the countless cool limited-production cars offered during the ’50s and ‘60s. We bought ours—some assembly required, of course—for MGB money. Here’s the kicker: Once complete, our Ford-powered machine should be a low-cost way to sample top-tier classic car rallies.

1958 Tornado Typhoon

Specs

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Body type:Convertible
Country of origin:England
Displacement:1172cc
Stock horsepower:30 bhp
Torque:30 lb.-ft
Engine configuration:Inline-4
Transmission:4-speed manual
Drivetrain configuration:Rear-wheel drive
Suspension:independent (front)
live axle (rear)
Brakes:drum/drum
Body width:48.0 in.
Curb weight:1400 lbs.
Wheelbase:85.0 in.
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Jul 19, 2016

Meet Our Tornado at the Atlanta Concours d'Elegance

Jul 19, 2016

Our fiberglass oddity was just accepted to the field.

Sep 16, 2015

Our Tornado Typhoon Hits Amelia Island

Sep 16, 2015

We were thrilled to have our Tornado roll onto the field at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

Sep 8, 2015

It's All About the Details

Sep 8, 2015

Our Tornado Typhoon gets an intense detailing in preparation for Amelia Island.

Sep 1, 2015

Making a Tonneau

Sep 1, 2015

Without a retractable top, we needed to make a cover to keep rain and debris out of the Tornado.

Aug 31, 2015

Thrash for Amelia

Aug 31, 2015

We entered our Tornado Typhoon in the Amelia Island concours, but with weeks to go we were far from done.

Aug 25, 2015

Wood and Chrome

Aug 25, 2015

Our project Tornado gets a steering wheel and mirrors

Jul 15, 2015

Cooling the Tornado

Jul 15, 2015

Our Project Tornado Typhoon gets a new aluminum radiator.

Jul 7, 2015

New Headlights for the Tornado

Jul 7, 2015

We replace the 6-volt headlights with newer 12-volt models.

Jun 30, 2015

Building an Exhaust System

Jun 30, 2015

We fabricate an exhaust system for our Tornado Typhoon.

Jun 23, 2015

Getting Catch Tanks Installed

Jun 23, 2015

Or Tornado needs catch cans in order to pass tech for vintage racing. Moroso to the rescue.

Jun 16, 2015

Figuring Out a Wiring Harness

Jun 16, 2015

Our Tornado Typhoon’s wiring harness had to be rebuilt from scratch.

Jun 9, 2015

Body Meets Frame

Jun 9, 2015

Our Tornado’s body gets mounted to the frame.

Jun 5, 2015

Our Tornado Gets Painted

Jun 5, 2015

Our project fiberglass special gets a touch of Colonial White.

Jun 2, 2015

Reassembly Begins

Jun 2, 2015

With our Tornado’s frame back from the shop, we could start putting it all back together.

May 29, 2015

Our Frame Is Painted

May 29, 2015

While the body was at the shop, we decided to spruce up our Tornado’s frame.

May 26, 2015

Bodywork Begins

May 26, 2015

The wavy fiberglass body of our Tornado takes tons of time to perfect.

May 19, 2015

Getting the Carbs Back

May 19, 2015

We get our Tornado’s carburetors back from Joe Curto.

May 12, 2015

Installing a New Radiator

May 12, 2015

The radiator that came with our car, was old, heavy and ill-fitting. So we made a call to Ron Davis Racing.

Apr 14, 2015

Building a Battery Box

Apr 14, 2015

Our Tornado Typhoon gets secret storage and a battery compartment.

Apr 1, 2015

Changing the Door Hinge Design

Apr 1, 2015

We change the door hinges from external to concealed on our Tornado Typhoon.

Mar 26, 2015

Designing a Hood Latching System

Mar 26, 2015

We create a new system to hold the Tornado’s hood in place.

Feb 18, 2015

Really Stripping the Body

Feb 18, 2015

Our Tornado gets a good media blasting.

Feb 16, 2015

Fixing The Door Gaps

Feb 16, 2015

We address the sub-par panel gaps on out Tornado Typhoon.

Feb 13, 2015

Patching the Nose

Feb 13, 2015

We discover that our Tornado had been hit softly in the nose.

Feb 12, 2015

Meeting Up with the Previous Owner

Feb 12, 2015

Our Typhoon’s previous owner stopped by to check out progress on the car.

Feb 12, 2015

Fiberglass Work Begins

Feb 12, 2015

It’s finally time to start the laborious task of doing all the fiberglass work that the Tornado would require.

Feb 3, 2015

Building a Headrest

Feb 3, 2015

The final step in our Tornado’s cage was to build a period correct headrest.

Jan 16, 2015

Building a Roll Cage

Jan 16, 2015

Our Tornado Typhoon gets a vintage racing look.

Jan 8, 2015

Getting the Body Straight

Jan 8, 2015

Fiberglass cars aren’t usually built with panel gaps in mind, but we want to make ours perfect.

Dec 19, 2014

Recovering the Tornado's Seats

Dec 19, 2014

Time to recover the seats we had repaired.

Dec 15, 2014

Stripping the Body

Dec 15, 2014

With the mechanicals mostly done, we could not ignore the body on our Tornado Typhoon any longer.

Dec 9, 2014

We Drive A Morgan Trike

Dec 9, 2014

This lightweight Morgan has the same power plant as our Tornado Typhoon. It made us excited.

Dec 3, 2014

Rebuilding the Suspension

Dec 3, 2014

We refresh our Tornado Typhoon’s suspension components.

Nov 25, 2014

We Source A Steering Box

Nov 25, 2014

We managed to find a rare right-hand drive steering box for our Tornado.

Nov 17, 2014

We Take Our Carbs to Joe Curto

Nov 17, 2014

Our carburetors needed some going through so we took them to one of the best.

Nov 15, 2014

Finding the Aquaplane Intake and Exhaust Manifold

Nov 15, 2014

We find period correct intake and exhaust manifolds for our Tornado Typhoon.

Nov 13, 2014

Finding A Wiring Harness for the Tornado

Nov 13, 2014

Our Tornado Typhoon needed a new wiring harness, so we made a new one from a ‘50s British car wiring harness.

Nov 10, 2014

Rebuilding the Ancillaries

Nov 10, 2014

With our engine put back together it was time to look over the water pump, starter and generator.

Oct 16, 2014

We Assemble the Engine

Oct 16, 2014

Our Tornado’s engine is actually very similar to a Ford Model A powerplant.

Sep 10, 2014

We Look Over the Seats of Our Tornado

Sep 10, 2014

The seats on our project were complete but disassembled, so we rebuilt and refinished them.

Sep 8, 2014

We Begin to Strip the Tornado's Body

Sep 8, 2014

We start stripping the body and find some worrying repairs.

Aug 25, 2014

We Build a Body Jig

Aug 25, 2014

Our Tornado’s body was a little flimsy off the frame, so we built a jig.

Aug 12, 2014

Figuring out the Tornado's Brakes

Aug 12, 2014

We are piecing together the original brake system on our Tornado Typhoon.

Aug 6, 2014

Figuring Out the Tornado's Suspension

Aug 6, 2014

The Tornado’s suspension is very simple, yet very interesting.

Jul 29, 2014

We Tear Into The Chassis

Jul 29, 2014

Our inspection continues as we examine our Tornado’s frame.

Jul 8, 2014

The Search for Tornado Parts at Carlisle

Jul 8, 2014

We find the original lights, and some other parts at Import Carlisle.

Jul 3, 2014

We Find Some Original Press Photos

Jul 3, 2014

Old press photos help us visualize exactly what a Tornado Typhoon looked like in original form.

Jul 1, 2014

Testing Evapo-Rust

Jul 1, 2014

We tried a new powerful rust remover on all our rusty Typhoon parts.

Jun 25, 2014

Finding Emblems and Other Parts

Jun 25, 2014

We discovered some new brights spots on our Tornado Typhoon.

Jun 18, 2014

Analyzing the Tornado's Body

Jun 18, 2014

Our next step was to have our body man, Tom Prescott come up and take a serious look at our newest project.

May 29, 2014

Getting Started in Earnest

May 29, 2014

After our Typhoon was invited to Amelia Island, we saw we had a lot of work in front of us.

May 22, 2014

Getting Accepted at the Amelia Island Concours

May 22, 2014

We showed Bill Warner what a finished Tornado would look like and he asked us to bring our’s to the Amelia Island Concours de’ Elegance.

May 20, 2014

Learning Some of the History on Our Tornado

May 20, 2014

We found a couple more books that tell the story of our Tornado Typhoon.

Oct 14, 2013

Literature Pours In

Oct 14, 2013

We now have tons of documents on hotting up our Typhoon, an old Ford-powered special.

Aug 14, 2013

Exploring our Typhoon Drivetrain

Aug 14, 2013

We might do some old-school hotrodding.

Jul 24, 2013

Our Typhoon Hits the Florida Coast

Jul 24, 2013

Our kit car carries every styling cliche from the ‘50s, but that’s not all bad.

Jun 17, 2013

Tires to Fit a Typhoon

Jun 17, 2013

Our Typhoon isn’t yet a runner, but at least it now wears good tires.

Jun 11, 2013

Our Tornado Rolls Through Michigan

Jun 11, 2013

Our kit car visits Eclectic Motorworks.

May 10, 2013

Come See the Tornado at Carlisle

May 10, 2013

Our Typhoon will make its first public showing at Carlisle. Prepare to be wowed.

Feb 27, 2013

The Typhoon has Landed

Feb 27, 2013

Our ‘50s special has arrived. Now to see what we bought.

Jan 27, 2013

We Bought a Typhoon

Jan 27, 2013

What’s a Typhoon? Only the coolest ‘50s car ever sold.

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1958 Tornado Typhoon Specs

Body type:Convertible
Country of origin:England
Displacement:1172cc
Stock horsepower:30 bhp
Torque:30 lb.-ft
Engine configuration:Inline-4
Transmission:4-speed manual
Drivetrain configuration:Rear-wheel drive
Suspension:independent (front)
live axle (rear)
Brakes:drum/drum
Body width:48.0 in.
Curb weight:1400 lbs.
Wheelbase:85.0 in.
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