Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
You know that car you always see with the crowd around it at the local cruise night? Well, this is it. Beautifully finished, this 1937 Ford Slantback 2-door sedan shows off what the ideal combination of modifications and style can do to what was once just a transportation appliance.
OK, so nobody will ever accuse the 1937 Fords of being ugly, so that's probably why the guys who built this one left most the sheetmetal alone. Finding quality replacement steel can be difficult, so the rear fenders and running boards are in fact faithful fiberglass facsimiles, but the original 1937 design was left to its own, factory-inspired devices. No chopped top, no radical de-trimming or shaving (although there were some liberties taken), and no outrageous paint job, just a clean, honest Ford steel body in the original Slantback shape. With that being said, there are some custom elements to this build, after all it is a streetrod, and those include deleted bumpers, the color-matched front grille, custom side-mirrors, and the integrated LED taillights out back just to name a few. Of course, fit and finish are worlds beyond what Henry Ford himself could manage in 1937, even if he were willing to spend the money to get it to this level. Look closely and you'll note a few more subtle mods, including the shaved hood ornament and custom low rear valance with a frenched-in license plate holder, but nothing that immediately jumps out as an over-the-top change that takes away from the spirit of the original design. The body was smoothed and finished to a very high standard before several coats of luscious Burgundy basecoat paint went on, followed by a few layers of clear for an impossibly deep shine. While they were at it, they gave the grille a coat of the same stuff, and you'll love how the light orange pinstripe that encircles the car really highlights the body's subtle creases and curves. Not all the bright stuff was deleted either, as a simple band of stainless trim outlines the teardrop headlights, 'V8' grill emblem, side louvers, and door handles, further highlighting the car's off-the-charts curb appeal.
The interior is the kind of place that you'd be happy to spend a weekend or more, thanks to comprehensive upgrades that make it as comfortable as a modern luxury car. Sporty front buckets feature deeply bolstered surfaces and high-end, durable vinyl upholstery that was neatly stitched together in modern patterns. The rear bench was sculpted to match, the custom door panels at the flanks feature suede and billet accents, there's a taut headliner above, and the plush carpets that line floors finish off the blacked-out cabin perfectly, while sealing the car up tight from the outside world. The original dash has been completely reworked to look like something straight out of Judge Dredd, finished off with gorgeous metallic gray paint, a uniquely arrayed layout full of digital gauges, and cleverly installed A/C controls and vents for the Vintage Air A/C system. A trick leather-rimmed billet steering wheel lives atop a tilt column at the helm of the cockpit, and that tall Lokar shift lever inside the custom center console links to a 2004R 4-speed automatic transmission below. You also get power window switches and cup holders inside that center console, along with a modern Kenwood AM/FM/CD/AUX head unit that manages the upgraded speakers found throughout the cabin. Under that uber-cool slanting deck lid (hence the name, if you haven't figured that out by now), you'll find a surprisingly spacious trunk with a battery box and neatly finished black carpets.
The engine is a GM 5.0L V8 (aka the 305 cubic inch small block), so you know it's powerful and reliable out on the road. Fully dressed in lots of chrome and shiny bits, the engine bay will be the main reason for the crowd forming around this car at every car show. A big Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor atop a polished aluminum intake is a time-tested combination, and the long-tube header and dual exhaust system was built as much for sound as for performance, because this car has a killer V8 rumble up and down the throttle. The front suspension had been upgraded with tubular A-Arms, newer coils wrapped around modern shocks, power rack-and-pinion steering, and power front disc brakes, while out back there's a 9-inch Ford hanging on leaf springs augmented with bright red air shocks. The quality of the workmanship is evident everywhere you look, and it has not been driven all that much since it was completed, so even the chassis is still nicely detailed, very solid, and clean. Even the staggered polished American Racing Torque Thrust wheels don't seem to show much use at all, and they've been wrapped in 205/60/15 front and 225/55/17 Kumho radials.
Expertly engineered and beautifully finished, this is the streetrod you've been dreaming about adding to your collection. Call today!
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