Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Fat-fendered Fords don't get much cooler than this 1946 Ford Custom Coupe dressed in beautiful Sunburst Orange Metallic paint. These cars offer full-sized comfort and distinctive good looks, making them some of the most popular for a full-blown streetrod makeover like this. With a powerful Ford 351W V8 underneath, a late-model Lincoln chassis swap, and an incredibly slick, custom A/C interior, this one also drives as good as it looks and keeps Blue Oval fans happy with its pure Ford DNA.
The first thing you notice about this big, orange Ford is that all the bodywork has been smoothed, the roof has been chopped, and trim has been removed to really accentuate the curvaceous lines of the '46 design. The Sunburst Orange Metallic paint coats the body wonderfully, and it was completed to such a high level that you'll think twice before taking it out on a cloudy day. It's not a perfect show pony though, but there are enough clues to show that some skilled metalworkers were behind the build, and the way it comes together makes other streetrods blush with envy. The effect of that aggressive stance is that the formerly clunky '46 Ford shape looks lean and sleek, with a distinctively muscular look that seems to be going fast sitting still. The '46s were essentially warmed-over '42s (WWII put a stop to new innovation for several years), but with the deleted brightwork, painted front grille, and frenched rocket-style taillights, this looks like a brand new model. Running boards were gone by '46, but you can see a hint of them in this design, and the way the body fits together, you'll spend more time looking at details than the overall presentation because this coupe just looks awesome. The beautiful oval rear window is one of the car's best features, and it ties in neatly with the coupe's small window set-up.
The interior is art rendered in acres of tan leatherette vinyl that looks upscale and inviting. Bucket seats from a late model form the foundation, and the rest of the sculpted interior was formed around them. Supple hides cover the artfully designed door panels, the seats, and the custom center console, and the backseat area is still big enough for three passengers. The original dash was completely filled, smoothed, and then painted bright orange to match the exterior, and then filled with white-faced gauges that keep an eye on the motor. Under the dash a full Vintage Air A/C system was added, and it fills the entire cabin full of R134a-treated cold air. A 3-spoke wood-rimmed steering wheel hangs on a painted tilt column, an aftermarket ratchet shifter in the floor handles the gears, and beautifully stitched carpets would look just as at home in a Lexus as they do here. There's also a giant trunk that's been upholstered to match the interior and looks ready for a road trip.
A Ford 351 cubic inch V8 provides motivation under the hood, and there are few better choices for your vintage Ford than the venerable Ford Windsor small block. Clearly built to run, it features an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor and matching Edlebrock intake, dual Flowmaster exhaust, and an Accel ignition system to help it run great, and it's dressed up with Edelbrock valve covers and a matching cleaner for a performance look. A belt drive system ensures reliability up front and there's a radiator with dual electric fans to keep the whole show nice and cool. The chassis was augmented thanks to the donation of a 1988 Lincoln Town Car, and now includes an independent front suspension, power steering, power front disc brakes, and a fat sway bar, while out back a 10-bolt (aka the Ford 7.5-inch) rear end handles the torque. A C6 3-speed automatic transmission makes for easy cruising and unbeaten reliability, and it rolls on a set of staggered American Racing 'Salt Flat' style chrome wheels wrapped with 225/45/17 front and 245/45/20 rear low-profile rubber that looks right.
Professionally built and ready to hit the road today, this cool hotrod Ford will always be the center of attention. Call today!
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