1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria Custom

C8DENCE is the word CADENCE replacing the “A” with an “8”. C8DENCE in this instance means a “rhythmic flow of a sequence of sounds” e.g. the sound of the Ford Racing 460 Cobra Jet BIG Block V8 (385 Series) with the aggressive hydraulic camshaft. The piston firing order of 1-5-4-2-6-3-7-8 is the CADENCE.

I was able to secure both the C8DENCE California Personalized License Plates and C8DENCE.com website URL. This website will be used to document the history of the vehicle. I have been in communication with Fred Piluso, the original owner and builder of the vehicle.

California Personalized License Plate - C8DENCE Whale Tail

I will be writing an article (in progress) about my recent (Monday, June 28, 2021) “less than satisfactory” experience of purchasing a custom classic vehicle online from Volo Auto Sales in Volo, Illinois. The vehicle arrived on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 13:00 (Pacific Time) and was driven for 10 miles at which time a host of mechanical issues were discovered.

Dynamic Updates: Today is Thursday, January 20, 2022, and she (C8DENCE) has been out of service for 182 days and in the shop for 164 days. It’s been 206 days since purchase and I still haven’t been able to “show and go!” as stated by Jay Grams from Volo Auto Sales. We have an estimated -39 days to completion of unexpected “AS-IS” repairs.

This is an incredible car. Finished 15 years ago and driven 3,500 miles. It still shows and functions incredibly well. I personally drove it home and was impressed. It is ready to be enjoyed – show and go!

Bernt Karlsson

Custom Exterior

  • Body and Paint by Bernt Karlsson
  • PPG Mandarin Copper Paint
  • 1941 Lincoln Pushbutton Door Openers
  • 1955 Ford Station Wagon Bumper and Bumperettes
  • 1955 Mercury Station Wagon Tail Lights
  • 1956 Mercury Station Wagon Headlights
  • R 2021 1957 Cadillac Wheel Covers with Chrome Bullets
  • 1957 Mercury Station Wagon Fender Skirts
  • 1959 Ford Thunderbird Grille and Front Bumper
Al and Don Nosse

Custom Interior

  • 1967 Ford Thunderbird Landau Bucket Seats
  • Two-Tone Tan Leather Interior
  • Custom Door Panels with Porsche Door Handles
  • 1956 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria Dash
  • Stewart Warner Wings™ Classic Gauges (6)
  • ididit Tilt Steering Column
  • Budnik Leather Wrapped Billet Steering Wheel
  • R 2021 1968 Ford Toploader 4-Speed Manual Transmission
  • N 2021 Hurst Assisted McLeod Clutch
Coletti / Piluso

Ford Racing Crate Engine

  • R 2021 Ford Racing Technologies 460 Cobra Jet (385/Lima Series)
  • N 2021 Holley Sniper Single Quad EFI (650 HP)
  • N 2021 Weiand Stealth™ Dual Plane Intake Manifold
  • Ford Racing Cobra Jet (CJ) Aluminum Heads
  • Ford Racing Camshaft (3000/5000, 234/244°/.050”, 0.562/0.588”)
  • R 2021 Custom Doug’s Headers
  • R 2021 Custom 2.5 Ceramic Coated Exhaust
  • R 2021 Modine Lightweight Aluminum Radiator
  • R 2021 March Serpentine Belt System
Art Morrison

Custom Chassis

  • R 2021 Smoothed Chassis with PPG Mandarin Copper Paint
  • R 2021 2x4 Boxed Frame with Tubular Front Control Arms
  • R 2021 Morrison 2.0 Drop Spindle Kit
  • R 2021 Aldan American Coil Over Adjustable Shocks
  • R 2021 Flaming River Rack and Pinion Steering
  • R 2021 Morrison 4-Link Rear with Tubular Control Arms
  • R 2021 Hoopers Ford 9.0 Posi Rear with 3.50 Gears
  • R 2021 Moser 31 Spline Axles
  • R 2021 Wilwood 11.0 Discs Front, Ford Excursion 11.0 Discs Rear