Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
In a world overpopulated with the same hi-boy roadsters, this incredibly sleek 1935 Ford Victoria Streetrod 2-Door definitely stands out. Not only does it dare to be different, but it's expertly finished and ready to cruise. Sure, it's got a back seat, but with a small block Chevy and plenty of creature comforts, nobody will complain about the drive.
Smoothing the body, shaving the door handles and hinges, and then drenching it in brilliant bright white paint with silver metallic flames really kicks this streetrod up to 11. It's not a color combination you'll see that often on a hotrod, but my goodness it works! Incredibly bright yet subtly elegant when it's out glistening in the sun, and those flame accents on the front end running boards are the perfect complement. Big round fenders and narrow running boards are a Vicky trademark, and we love that when they shaved the body they elected to leave shiny chrome bumpers fore and aft, along with that classic waterfall grille, radiator shell, and gorgeous hood trim. The hood sides feature ornate grills like the Vickys of old, and there's bright trim on the windshield surround to add a little more 'pop' up front, but other than that the slick, white paint does all the talking on this '35. Sure, it's no longer perfect, and in the almost 20K miles since this rod was built a few minor imperfections have joined the party, but the curb appeal is still undeniable with a top driver quality presentation that really turns heads. The body is all-steel except for the fiberglass fenders, and the simple, King Bee style headlights up front help with the sleek, low-profile look. Subtle pinstripe work out back along with a 'Cruisin' badge under the rear window are further bespoke touches that were painted on to match the flames, and none of the custom work is over-done, letting the original body design speak for itself. In back, the trunk lid was filled and smoothed, a slick 3rd brake light was added under the rear window, and original-style taillights now carry modern bulbs inside. If you don't like the way this Ford looks, there's something wrong with your eyes, because it's gorgeous on every level.
Inside, this Ford retains all of its spacious practicality with plenty of modern conveniences and comfort. A 60/40 split-bench seat up front replaces the original bench and has the look and feel of modern buckets, and it fits perfectly inside the cabin along with the matching rear bench. Handsome two-tone gray-and-beige tweed upholstery is tasteful and ties in with the neatly tailored door panels and custom headliner above. The dash was coated in sinister black paint that matches the interior window surrounds, and ahead of the driver a full complement of Stewart Warner gauges was symmetrically installed, including a big tachometer incorporated into the location of the original speaker grille. A leather-rimmed, banjo-style steering wheel anchors the cockpit just ahead of the driver, mounted atop a tilt column with billet shifter knobs that add plenty of room for even the tallest of drivers. Other features include a tall Lokar shifter that manages the 3-speed automatic transmission below, a Vintage Air A/C system that blows ice cold, and a kickin' Kenwood AM/FM/AUX stereo and amp set-up that sounds great inside the full insulated cabin. The back seat area is spacious for two and will fit three in a pinch, and plush black carpets below line the floors and help the cabin feel tight and quiet when it's bombing down the road. The upholstery remains in great condition and don't let the old-school tweed fool you, it's very clean and modern inside, ready to go!
To make that cruising easy and fun, a 350 cubic inch Chevrolet V8 was tucked under the Ford's hood, with an estimated 300HP reportedly on tap and at the ready. The engine bay got a great look, with a custom-fitted firewall seeming to wrap around the engine and plenty of polished and chromed bits like the finned valve covers and unique open-element air cleaner. Everything blings under the hood and the entire presentation is very fresh, led by a shiny Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor, a polished performance intake manifold, steel-braided lines and chrome connectors, a chrome alternator and A/C compressor, and coated long-tube headers at the flanks that feed into the cackling Flowmaster dual exhaust system below. Thanks to an HEI ignition, a fresh distributor and spark plugs, and a newer flywheel to go along with countless fresh components it starts easily with that timeless small block bark, and with an oversized radiator and giant electric fan the whole show stays nice and cool. Proper upgrades include a power rack-and-pinion steering and Mustang II-style independent front suspension, sturdy coiled-springs with upgraded shocks up front, adjustable air shocks out back, power 4-wheel disc brakes, and an overall low body weight that make this Vicky quite the stea
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