Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
In a sea of fiberglass replicas, steel-body cars like this 1933 Ford 5-Window Coupe definitely stand out. Finished in bright red paint with a dialed-in gray interior, it's definitely a stunner. With a strong 350 V8 under the hood, an automatic transmission spinning the gears, and a Vintage A/C unit keeping the cabin cool, this Low Boy is the tool of choice if your particular vice is car show trophies.
It's always impressive to find a rod with a steel body that hasn't been mutilated beyond recognition, and instead lets the original design speak for itself. Sure, the front fenders are fiberglass pieces (steel replacements that fit right can be hard to come by), but there's an undeniable appeal to a car that looks relatively stock yet moves like a race car. With that in mind, they didn't shave a thing, including the door handles and hinges, and left the original profile intact. Of course, giving it straight bodywork that shows almost no distortions under the lights in our studio is part of the car's appeal (although we did find a small dent on a rear fender, but any reputable "paint-less dent removal" company should be able to pop it out), and the red paint is as deep enough to get lost in. Perfect it is not, but this coupe shows very well and can be bragged about with pride. Chrome is nearly show quality, including that waterfall grille and those clean bumpers fore and aft, along with the taillights, which are desirable "teardrop" pieces that have been nicely augmented with a set of blue-dot lenses. A custom rear pan holds a frenched license plate frame and LED brake light that's subtly molded in, and even the running boards are wrapped in authentic-looking rubber. Fans of the traditional are going to love this one!
Where the exterior is reserved for strict style and originality, the interior also keeps an eye toward comfort. Finished in contrasting gray upholstery, it's the kind of vinyl and cloth work that pretty much guarantees onlookers at the cruise-ins. Not perfect, but largely unmarked and expertly tailored, the seats are comfortable enough to drive all day and stylish enough to make people stop and gawk every time you open the door. The original garnish moldings were restored and reinstalled, with the dash being filled with billet inserts and retro gauges from Auto Meter. It's equipped with Vintage A/C, filling the cab with cold R134a refrigerant that blows through the billet vents inside the red dash. There's an aftermarket AM/FM/CD stereo that's been integrated into the headliner above, and the tweed and vinyl that compose that headliner matches the upholstered design on the door panels, and the shade of the plush carpet below. The wood-rimmed steering wheel is a work of art in a traditional banjo style with a bright horn button, fitted atop a tilt column that was painted to match the dash. The trunk is upholstered to match as well, and it includes nicely designed panels and decent room for your car show goodies.
Stress-free motoring comes from a GM 350 V8, which has plenty of horsepower and offers newer components for the ultimate in reliability. It's finished to be displayed, with lots of chrome and billet on the air cleaner and finned Corvette valve covers, and with ram's horn cast exhaust manifolds, a Holley 4-barrel carb and intake, and a big aluminum radiator, it's functional as well as beautiful. A quick-shifting TH350 3-speed automatic transmission is a no-brainer for a car built to drive, and it spins a 9-inch rear end with reasonable gears inside. Underneath it's very clean and features a solid front axle up front along with front disc brakes, rear leaf springs out back, and upgraded shocks all around. Polished slotted mag wheels finish the streetrod's old-school look, wrapped with 185/60/15 front and 235/75/15 rear Michelin radials.
There's a lot more wrapped up in this car than we're asking, and it's easy to recognize quality when you see it. Come take this one for a spin and see if you don't fall in love with Henry's lady. Call now!
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