1956 Ford Victoria - Wild Wes Paintworks


CLEVELAND, OH. — There were a ton of gorgeous vehicles on display at last weekend’s Piston-Powered AutoRama show. Too many to see them all.

But one that we were able to spend some extra time with was this gem owned by Tony and Rozanne Confalone which was awarded 1st place Semi-Hardtop, Outstanding Custom, and Outstanding Display by the show judges.

The stunning 1956 Ford Victoria was built by Dover, OH-based Wild Wes Paintworks & Hot Rod Factory.

Here’s what Wild Wes used to build the car:


  • Y-Block Ford (Custom built by CAMS Racing)
    • 306 c.i.d.
    • 3.800″ bore, 3.380″ stroke
    • Steel offset ground crank
    • K-16.200 H-beam rods
    • Wiseco Pistons – 9.25:1
    • COMP Cams camshaft – .545 in./.555 ex.
    • Mummert heads and intake
  • Holley Sniper EFI
  • Twin Vintage Torqstorm Superchargers



  • Cyclone F2 Ford AOD 3,500 stall converter
  • Dynotech driveshaft
  • Be Cool radiator, twin fans



  • Paint by Wes Adkins – Wild Wes Paintworks
  • Axalta custom colors
    • Mandarin Twist Pearl
    • Victorian White Pearl
  • Axalta primers and clear coats
  • US Chemical body fillers and liner products
  • Norton Abrasives
  • DeVilbiss spray equipment
  • Mothers polishes
  • Replacement panels – Mac’s Auto Parts/Eckler’s Automotive
  • Hand-fabricated rocker panels, belly pans, floors, firewall, inner fenders, and radiator support
  • Smoothed and tucked bumpers
  • Shaved lock cylinders
  • T-Bird door handles
  • Hood ornament 3D-printed 60% size of original – chromed by Liquid 3D Design
  • Emblems – Eckler’s Automotive
  • Electric wiper assembly – New Port Engineering


Fuel System


Starter & Alternator




  • Schott Magnitude – 18 x 12 rear; 18 x 8 front


  • Mickey Thompson
    • Rear – 345-35-18 ET Street
    • Front – 245-40-18 Street Comp