I was taking a pleasure cruise in my 57 yesterday and had the great experience of running out of gas. I was only on my second tank of gas since getting the car,and the needle only showed at a little less than a qtr of a tank. Had a buddy take me to get some gas, and after getting a couple of gallons back in her, my buddy decided that we needed to prime the carb since we tried to start it without gas too long. I jumped in to turn her over as he dumped(too much) into the carb. I start seeing a glow from under my hood through the windsheild. Needless to say my heart was pounding as I jumped out of the car and ran to the front. My buddy was getting the gas can away from the car as I smothered the flames with my shirt I had yanked off. It appears no damage other than my heart still pumping too fast for my age. It did a wake up call on me to be more careful though with the car.