In 1958, there was no Falcon, no Maverick, no Pinto, and certainly no Escort. If you wanted the cheapest, lightest Ford available, you were looking at the Custom 300. Though the burly 332 and 352 FE engines were optional in the Custom 300, this sedan packs the 292 Y-block V-8 mill with a two-barrel carb and 205 hp. At least it isn't the base 223-inch six-popper. Ford built 173,441 of these neat strippers-versus 163,366 of the four-door variety. Let's pack this one with an Edelbrock-reinforced 390 and stuff a Gasser straight axle under the nose.