ALL-STEEL '36, 350 V8, AUTO, DUALS, PWR FRNT DISC, PS, PW, TILT, R134A A/C!!
Everyone has their favorite year of Ford V8, and mine is the 1936. The one-year-only styling combines the traditional upright grille with a streamlined body to create one of the best-looking cars of the period, no matter the manufacturer. This unusual 2-door sedan with its integrated trunk is a neat resto-rod that keeps all the great Ford styling and merely adds a few the modern conveniences.
If you admire the '36 Ford like I do, then you'll definitely appreciate the extra mile the builders went on this handsome tudor sedan. Fortunately, it hasn't been chopped, channeled, or smoothed, leaving all the original steel pretty much as it was when it was new. The gently rounded fenders with their peaked crease through the middle, the highly detailed hood vents, and practical yet stylish trunk with integrated rear-mount spare tire, it has all been transported intact from 1936. Finished in Henry Ford's favorite color, high-gloss black, it looks sensible and nicely finished, with a high-class air to it, much like a tuxedo. It's not perfect, having been built a few years ago, but the look will never go out of style. Most of the original brightwork made the translation, from the neatly dipped bumpers to the original door handles to the original taillights which now feature LED bulbs and lenses. Up front, there are cool modern bulbs with LED rings in the original buckets, along with a set of fog lamps underneath. The grille is blacked-out, giving it a semi-custom look that's familiar but different enough to make this car stand out.
Inside, all pretensions of being a stock Ford are long gone, replaced by bucket seats and all the modern features you'd expect. The seats appear to be from a late-model, with the back seat and door panels upholstered to match. Ford's original dash remains, with the billet instrument panel full of pretty cream-faced VDO gauges, and we really like the tachometer in the center, right where the original ashtray (or optional AM radio) might have lived. The A/C and AM/FM/CD stereo controls have been neatly integrated into a custom panel just below the dash, and the way it fits together makes the line between stock and modified very blurry. A leather-wrapped wheel looks right in the Ford, and it sits atop a tilt steering column. Other options include power windows and the trunk is deep enough to handle a weekend's worth of luggage, so don't be afraid to hit the road in this Ford!
While the flathead was celebrated for its performance at the time, today you need more horsepower and the best source of that is a 350 cubic inch Chevy V8. Sensibly dressed with an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor and intake manifold, an HEI ignition system, and a splash of chrome to keep it interesting. It was built a few years ago, so it's totally sorted, a smooth, reliable, powerful travelling companion for the guy who likes to drive his rods. The Chevy is a neat fit in the Ford's engine bay, and all the accessories tuck in tight so the hood fits well. A big radiator, power steering and brakes, and a late-model front clip make it drive like a modern car. The transmission is a TH350 3-speed automatic spinning a 10-bolt rear end hanging on air shocks and leaf springs, and the dual exhaust with glasspack-style mufflers sounds just right. Competing the illusion is a set of polished Torque Thrust wheels with big-n-little blackwall radials for the perfect stance.
Classic good looks never go out of style, making this is a well-sorted rod that's a true pleasure to drive. Call today!
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- 350 V8
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- 31,778 (Since Built)
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- Center Console