Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
This 1934 Ford 5-window coupe is all about getting the details right. At first glance, yes, it's an awesome and highly desirable body with awesome bright red paint. Then you dig a little deeper and see all the little tricks and upgrades that went into the restoration, including a built-up 355 TPI V8 small block motor and all the creature comforts you'd want for a Power Tour adventure, and that's where you'll really be impressed. Dialed-in, well-sorted, and ready for to keep roaring into the future, this is the streetrod you want if you love to drive.
Other than the fiberglass fenders and tank cover, the body and running boards are all-steel, which gives this Ford a very high-quality, all-together feel. The top includes a black vinyl insert that further accentuates the rake, which in turn matches the overall raked stance of the entire car, resulting in a super-cool curb presences that rodders have been after since the '40s. The full set of glass fenders accurately replicate the originals, and they flow into the steel running boards near seamlessly, and because there are no pinstripes or graphics anywhere, the look is timeless and the bright red paint does all the talking. And speaking of paint, the finish on this one was very nicely done when the rod was built, with great gloss and shine that makes this car really pop in the sunlight. Sure, it's a bit of a driver now, and the 32,693 miles put on the car since the build have left a few imperfections to be found, but it still presents very well and garners lots of attention at the local cruise-in. The front windshield is now sealed but all the hardware is in place to convert it back to a pop-up unit, while the license plate holder has been incorporated into the rear roll pan/tank cover that's flanked by a set of modern LED taillights. Up front, there's a beautiful chrome grille along with traditional King Bee style headlights, so it has a very traditional streetrod look, and a strip of decorative chrome leads to a power cowl vent that was added during the build.
Outfitted in deep red leather upholstery and black carpets, the interior is comfortable and inviting, and despite the obvious upgrades it brings an OEM level of fit and finish to a street rod, something we don't see that often. Reclining buckets borrowed from a Fiero and covered in supple leather hides make the most of the coupe's interior space, leaving it comfortable even for guys over six feet tall, and the sculpted contours are great for long road trips. Red leather has also been used on the custom door panels, accented by black fabric on the bottom that matches the carpets. Power windows are included, as well as a tilt/telescoping steering column to help you get comfortable behind the leather-wrapped banjo steering wheel. Traditional-looking, gold-rimmed VDO gauges have been nestled into the left of the custom dash in a seamless way to cover all the engine's vitals, A/C controls and vents are found below, and a little custom airbrush work lightens the mood a bit inside. There's also a CB radio and two USB outlets under the dash, and you'll note that the custom headliner above includes an overhead console that houses courtesy lights and a modern AM/FM/CD/AUX stereo system that sounds great thanks to lots of sound deadening materials inside the cabin. Out back, the trunk was neatly lined with the same black carpets inside the coupe, and there's enough room back there to accommodate for most travel plans.
Delivering on the car's looks is a 355 cubic inch V8 motor topped by a TPI fuel-injection unit on an aluminum intake manifold, firing out an impressive 11.5:1 compression ratio and lots of giddy-up. With plenty of dress-up gear, it's got the right hot rod look without affecting functionality, and it's bright and clean enough to show off with pride at any car show. Wiring and plumbing is thoughtfully done, and block-hugging stainless steel headers dump into a beautifully fabricated exhaust system that sounds nice and threatening with the throttle opened up. It rides on a Mustang II independent front end with coil-overs and disc brakes at all four corners, a chromed Jaguar rear end out back, and the entire undercarriage has been painted and polished up - ready to be shown off with pride. Sporty Centerline slotted wheels were fitted with 175/70/14 front and 235/75/15 rear tires to complete the aggressively staggered set-up, and they do a great job filling the wheel wells for an up-to-date look that still has a traditional vibe.
This is an extremely well-built and thoughtfully crafted rod that captures the clean look of traditional hot rods and adds big doses of performance and comfort. Call today!
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