FRAME-OFF PRO BUILD, 350 V8, AUTO, UPGRADED SUSPENSION, R134A A/C, LOADED!!!
Clean, simple, and to the point, this 1948 Ford Deluxe coupe is a great example of how to get it right. No wild graphics, no over-styled interior, and no finicky hardware, just a beautifully finished white Ford with V8 power and an interior that's a lot nicer than the average rod.
Fat fendered Fords are red hot right now, probably because they offer full-sized comfort and a ton of style. The wide grille is simple yet instantly recognizable, and the body is a slightly larger variation of the timeless 1940 coupe look. This one was completed in 2013 and enjoyed like it should be: out on the road. The glossy white finish still looks great, with a clean, uncluttered look that works rather well. Workmanship was obviously expertly done when the car was built, so the doors fit well, the fenders are snug to the body, and the hood, which is always problematic on these cars, fits well and stays open without assistance. Most of the trim has been shaved, but on a white car, you don't need a lot of shiny bits, so the grille, bumpers, and taillight housings were painted to match, giving it a clean, monochromatic look. A few subtle pinstripes highlight the smooth body shape, but for the most part, it's permitted to speak for itself.
The interior was all-new when it was built and features front buckets astride a custom center console. Gray and purple vinyl and cloth over power Mustang buckets gives it an upscale look, and the materials are durable so even today the interior looks fresh. The door panels are simple and not over-wrought and comfort was a priority so the armrests are actually in the right place and again, were borrowed from a Fox-body Mustang. Even the window garnish moldings were painted to match the body, which works well with the smooth dash. Power windows, A/C, a tilt steering column, and a powerful AM/FM/CD stereo provide the expected levels of comfort, making this a rod you can drive every day or cross-country on the Power Tour. The original dash was smoothed and stuffed full of VDO gauges and a big T-handle shifter manages the transmission. The sizable trunk is upholstered in simple gray carpet with custom side panels and a hidden compartment for the hardware working behind the scenes.
For reliability and performance, nothing beats a 350 cubic inch Chevy topped by an Edelbrock intake and 4-barrel carburetor. Polished aluminum valve covers and a matching ball-milled air cleaner give it a suitably hot rod look when you pop the hood, but it was clearly intended to be easy to service and dead-reliable on the road. The firewall and inner fenders were smoothed and the plumbing was neatly routed where it wouldn't draw a lot of attention to itself. It's backed by a TH350 3-speed automatic and a rear end lifted from a Camaro, and you'll find a disc brake at all four corners. A Chevy II front suspension with tubular A-arms from Fat Man Fabrication was grafted onto the stock frame, while a set of leaf springs hold up the 10-bolt rear with highway-friendly 3.08 gears inside. A great-sounding dual exhaust system was recently installed, and it rolls on handsome Weld billet aluminum wheels with 215/70/15 front and 235/70/15 rear Firestone radials.
Sometimes simple is better, and this Ford delivers an ideal combination of performance, comfort, style, and reliability. Call today!
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- 350 V8
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- 10,296 (Since Built)
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- Center Console