Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
This 1934 Ford 5-Window coupe has a little something for everyone that's into streetrods. It's a little bit familiar but isn't a slave to tradition, and packs a potent 350 cubic inch LT1 V8 that makes it more than just a pretty little thing to gawk at. With high-impact yellow paint and neat tricks abound, this all-steel hotrod is for people who appreciate innovation and craftsmanship as much as loud engines and horsepower.
If you squint, you can see an early dry lake racer's profile in this sleek coupe's DNA. Then again, the '34 is a totally fantastic design and they took advantage of its many unique features to create this awesome rod. Up front there's the traditional heart-shaped grille which is still one of the finest designs of the '30s, and it's been raked back a bit for awesome effect. Stripping it of its front fenders gives it a bare-knuckle look that's very appealing and with blinding yellow and traditional pin stripe work, it's anything but subtle. Fortunately, this steel body, high-impact rod has the build quality to back up the eyeball-searing paint, with great gaps on the suicide-style doors, and a shiny, driver-quality finish that's right at home on Main Street and at your local cruise-in. The open engine bay shows off the shiny hardware and when you look close you'll find details like the neat little side mirrors, original '34 door handles, and small taillights outback enhanced by chrome surrounds. This rod does a lot of things exactly right.
The interior is definitely modern, with aggressive racing bucket seats wrapped in grippy gray-and-red leather seats that are comfortable for long-haul cruising. Matching door panels and carpets continue the theme and there's a custom-painted dash that looks like it belongs in a race car as well. Features include a custom console in the headliner that houses the A/C controls (and yes, it's blowing ice cold!), a 3-spoke steering wheel atop a tilt column, and a full array of gauges from Stewart Warner that look right at home just ahead of the driver. You'll dig the pedals, which are hinged on the bottom and have an old-school racer look, along with short Lokar shifter that falls easily to hand and manages the 4-speed automatic transmission below. The radio is an Alpine AM/FM/Cassette unit that's due for an upgrade, but listening to the stereo isn't exactly what this car is about. And yes, this is a practical rod, too, because there's a good-sized rumble-seat outback that's nicely upholstered and can double as a trunk in a pinch.
The engine you've undoubtedly already seen is a 350 cubic inch LT1 V8 lifted straight from a Corvette, dressed up with an aluminum serpentine drive system, polished and detailed shiny pieces on the valve and intake covers, and hidden wiring and plumbing wherever possible. Horsepower is enhanced by the Corvette's fuel-injection system and intake manifold, HEI ignition, and block-hugging headers running down the sides. A big aluminum radiator up front keeps things nice and cool and with those headers and H-pipe glasspack pipes, it sounds like the 1950s all over again. The transmission is a 4L60E 4-speed automatic transmission, so this '34 can cruise effortlessly at highway speeds and actually pulls down decent fuel economy while doing it. The chassis was painted to match the bodywork and was obviously highly detailed when it was built. Today it shows a few signs of use, but things like the 9-inch Ford rear end, 4-wheel power disc brakes, an A-arm front suspension, and upgraded shocks and coils all suggest that cruising is what it was built to do. Slick big-and-little alloy wheels give it that old-school stance and are wrapped in Continental performance radials that finish the look perfectly.
This is another one of those gorgeous rods that couldn't possibly be duplicated for the asking price. And with only 7,458 miles on the clock, it's going to be roaming the streets for years to come. Call today!
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