1958 Tornado Typhoon

1958 Tornado Typhoon

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.

Latest updates

Jul
19
Jul 19, 2016
Meet Our Tornado at the Atlanta Concours d'Elegance

Our fiberglass oddity was just accepted to the field.

Sep
16
Sep 16, 2015
Our Tornado Typhoon Hits Amelia Island

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

Sep
08
Sep 8, 2015
It's All About the Details

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

Sep
01
Sep 1, 2015
Making a Tonneau

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

Aug
31
Aug 31, 2015
Thrash for Amelia

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

Aug
25
Aug 25, 2015
Wood and Chrome

Our project Tornado gets a steering wheel and mirrors

Jul
15
Jul 15, 2015
Cooling the Tornado

Our Project Tornado Typhoon gets a new aluminum radiator.

Jul
07
Jul 7, 2015
New Headlights for the Tornado

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

Jun
30
Jun 30, 2015
Building an Exhaust System

We fabricate an exhaust system for our Tornado Typhoon.

Jun
23
Jun 23, 2015
Getting Catch Tanks Installed

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

Jun
16
Jun 16, 2015
Figuring Out a Wiring Harness

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

Jun
09
Jun 9, 2015
Body Meets Frame

Our Tornado's body gets mounted to the frame.

Jun
05
Jun 5, 2015
Our Tornado Gets Painted

Our project fiberglass special gets a touch of Colonial White.

Jun
02
Jun 2, 2015
Reassembly Begins

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

May
29
May 29, 2015
Our Frame Is Painted

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

May
26
May 26, 2015
Bodywork Begins

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

May
19
May 19, 2015
Getting the Carbs Back

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

May
12
May 12, 2015
Installing a New Radiator

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

Apr
14
Apr 14, 2015
Building a Battery Box

Our Tornado Typhoon gets secret storage and a battery compartment.

Apr
01
Apr 1, 2015
Changing the Door Hinge Design

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

Mar
26
Mar 26, 2015
Designing a Hood Latching System

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

Feb
18
Feb 18, 2015
Really Stripping the Body

Our Tornado gets a good media blasting.

Feb
16
Feb 16, 2015
Fixing The Door Gaps

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

Feb
13
Feb 13, 2015
Patching the Nose

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

Feb
12
Feb 12, 2015
Meeting Up with the Previous Owner

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

Feb
12
Feb 12, 2015
Fiberglass Work Begins

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

Feb
03
Feb 3, 2015
Building a Headrest

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

Jan
16
Jan 16, 2015
Building a Roll Cage

Our Tornado Typhoon gets a vintage racing look.

Jan
08
Jan 8, 2015
Getting the Body Straight

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

Dec
19
Dec 19, 2014
Recovering the Tornado's Seats

Time to recover the seats we had repaired.

Dec
15
Dec 15, 2014
Stripping the Body

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

Dec
09
Dec 9, 2014
We Drive A Morgan Trike

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

Dec
03
Dec 3, 2014
Rebuilding the Suspension

We refresh our Tornado Typhoon's suspension components.

Nov
25
Nov 25, 2014
We Source A Steering Box

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

Nov
17
Nov 17, 2014
We Take Our Carbs to Joe Curto

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

Nov
15
Nov 15, 2014
Finding the Aquaplane Intake and Exhaust Manifold

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

Nov
13
Nov 13, 2014
Finding A Wiring Harness for the Tornado

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

Nov
10
Nov 10, 2014
Rebuilding the Ancillaries

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

Oct
16
Oct 16, 2014
We Assemble the Engine

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

Sep
10
Sep 10, 2014
We Look Over the Seats of Our Tornado

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

Sep
08
Sep 8, 2014
We Begin to Strip the Tornado's Body

We start stripping the body and find some worrying repairs.

Aug
25
Aug 25, 2014
We Build a Body Jig

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

Aug
12
Aug 12, 2014
Figuring out the Tornado's Brakes

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

Aug
06
Aug 6, 2014
Figuring Out the Tornado's Suspension

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

Jul
29
Jul 29, 2014
We Tear Into The Chassis

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

Jul
08
Jul 8, 2014
The Search for Tornado Parts at Carlisle

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

Jul
03
Jul 3, 2014
We Find Some Original Press Photos

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

Jul
01
Jul 1, 2014
Testing Evapo-Rust

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

Jun
25
Jun 25, 2014
Finding Emblems and Other Parts

We discovered some new brights spots on our Tornado Typhoon.

Jun
18
Jun 18, 2014
Analyzing the Tornado's Body

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

May
29
May 29, 2014
Getting Started in Earnest

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

May
22
May 22, 2014
Getting Accepted at the Amelia Island Concours

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
May 20, 2014
Learning Some of the History on Our Tornado

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

Oct
14
Oct 14, 2013
Literature Pours In

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

Aug
14
Aug 14, 2013
Exploring our Typhoon Drivetrain

We might do some old-school hotrodding.

Jul
24
Jul 24, 2013
Our Typhoon Hits the Florida Coast

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

Jun
17
Jun 17, 2013
Tires to Fit a Typhoon

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

Jun
11
Jun 11, 2013
Our Tornado Rolls Through Michigan

Our kit car visits Eclectic Motorworks.

May
10
May 10, 2013
Come See the Tornado at Carlisle

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

Feb
27
Feb 27, 2013
The Typhoon has Landed

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

Jan
27
Jan 27, 2013
We Bought a Typhoon

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

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