Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Some hot rods were built by guys who simply get it. They're more than just a bunch of parts from a catalog, they're cars that respect the vintage iron and the period in which they were built, all while modernizing them for future generations. This awesome 1940 Ford Tudor sedan is such a car. It packs a sweet-running, modern LS1 V8 under the hood, a performance chassis under the all-steel body, a stunning custom A/C interior inside, and a gorgeous custom paint job that really draws the crowds.
There's no question that the builder's set-off to build a resto-mod hotrod, but preserving the original design's integrity was very important as well. So, despite the obvious custom touches and the wild paint job, the overall styling and many of the wonderful details that Ford added to the car remain beautifully intact. The 100% steel, lifelong Texas body has been restored to show standards, and is far straighter and smoother than anything coming out of a mass-production factory could possibly be. And although at first glance the body looks mostly unmodified, upon closer examination you can spot the smoothed decklid, shaved bumpers and door handles, smoothed running boards, custom one-piece windshield, and removed wing windows all of which were expertly redone before the high-end finish was laid down. The light gray paint was applied by legendary craftsman Wet Willey, and he used a custom House of Kolor mix and added insane 3-dimensional ghost-flame graphics that make the car look like a work of art. It's an insanely deep finish that shines bright under the lights and outside, yet it's also somewhat subtle and restrained thanks to the color choices. Panel fit is exemplary, and it's awesome to see that they even kept the running boards in place. The '39-'40 Ford pointed grille has become one of the most enduring looks in hot rodding, '39 headlights with integrated turn signals were installed up front as well, and it's hard to imagine anything more handsome on the front of this amazing tudor. All the stainless trim is from Bob Drake and has been polished to show standards, the glass is new and there isn't a single aspect of this car that hasn't been polished, buffed, and tweaked to a very high level.
The salute to detail continues inside with a beautifully crafted interior installed by professional Derik Evans that perfectly blends old and new in high fashion. The custom upholstery on the front buckets, rear bench, and matching door panels is light gray ultra-leather with suede inserts, with stitched in patterns that are pure Art Deco sophistication. Subtlety is the key, but this is an interior that invites you in and convinces you to stay, and you could happily spend many thousands of miles behind the wheel. Ford's original uncluttered dash design mostly remains intact, right down to the plain glove box door, and the instruments are very vintage-looking thanks to the perfectly apropos gauge panel from Classic Instruments. Even the new leather-wrapped banjo-style steering wheel imitates the original unit, and it comes complete with an Ididit tilt steering column and billet stalks. Blended within the chrome speaker grille are the controls for the Vintage A/C, and with power windows, remote door openers, and a modern AM/FM/Satellite radio powering the kickin' stereo system, everything feels very upscale inside. The back seat is finished to the same high standards, the dark gray carpets are bound with durable materials, and the tall Lokar shifter with Hurst 8-ball topper jutting out from the floor manages the 4L80E 4-speed automatic transmission below. In back, the trunk is fully finished to match the cabin and offers plenty of space for long-distance travels.
Built with reliability in mind, this Ford packs a rumbling 5.7L LS1 V8 motor. It's smooth, powerful, and easy to maintain, thanks to fuel injection, modern components, and electronic wiring and ignition. Up top, a Corvette intake cover and custom-dipped valve covers are fitted, and the firewall and inner fenders were smoothed and painted to match the body for a killer finished look. There's a minimum of chrome, so it still has a vintage look, although the neatly organized and polished accessory drive and custom air cleaner is a thing of beauty. Underneath, you'll note this Tudor was built on a full Fatman chassis with power front disc brakes, power steering, a modern 4L80E 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission for easy cruising, and a 9-inch rear end, all neatly engineered to work without a fuss. The super-cool black chrome wheels finish off the look, wrapped in staggered 225/40/18 front and 255/35/20 performance rubber that fills the fenders perfectly.
There's not one part on this whole car that wasn't carefully planned and finished to an incredibly high standard, and the workmanship makes the price look like a screaming bargain. If that's something you appreciate, this is your F
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