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6180 Morgantown Road
1951 Ford Custom Convertible
It took a few years after World War II for automakers to introduce completely new postwar era cars. Most had been updates of pre-war cars, and with demand high, Ford had to respond. Their troubles began during the 1930's, as the Great Depression and increasing competition had slowed some of the company's success. Henry Ford's persistence on updating the antiquated suspension system had been another factor, and as the war came to an end, the Ford Motor Company emerged in declining financial health. They turned to designer George Walter, commonly known as the 'Cellini of Chrome' for a sleek new streamlined design to take them into the 50's, and the Ford brand was off and running again.
For consignment, a mild resto-mod with our consignor having purchased the car several years ago and enjoyed it not only locally but also on long trips and out of state car shows where it performed without a hiccup. Retaining all its original lines and charm then adding in the modern drivetrain from a 1993 Ford Mustang. We present to you the 1951 Ford Custom Convertible.
Perfectly aligned straight panels bathed in Pale Yellow base coat then a clear coat, cover this immaculate car. All new chrome and stainless trim has been painstakingly added to exact specifications. Beautiful trim spears break up the yellow which is truly miles deep with only a few flaws seen. Beltline trim spears give the car a classy look, as do the squinting oval taillights which are framed by well-rounded fenders. A black canvas convertible top is now on and works flawlessly. A clear mar free plastic window is inserted into the back. On all 4 corners are 15-inch steel wheels which are adorned by spoked and ribbed full wheel covers. Wrapping these beautiful wheels are wide whites in radial form.
For the interior...simple but impressive with saddle seats in Naugahyde. For the seating cushions and darker saddle Naugahyde for the sides and back. The door panels emulate this with chrome sills and a mix of saddle lower that have a peppering of chrome trimmings, power window controls, and cranks along with a tan swoosh embroidered into them to differentiate the colors. An aftermarket wood burl banjo steering wheel is proudly perched atop the newer tilt column and looks just perfect. As is the dash in more Pale Yellow with a speedometer directly in front of the driver along with a few aftermarket gauges all mounted in a nice machined aluminum panel. Strewn throughout this panel are a litany of cream bakelite knobs, a clock, the original AM radio, and an aftermarket cruise control module. Hanging below the dash are not only more aftermarket gauges but a Vintage Heat & AC controller and a modern AM/FM/CD player. Clean gold medium pile carpet floods the floors and on the hump is a console/cup holder to keep your drinks safe on those long drives.
I'm unfolding my napkin and getting ready to eat off this engine bay, it's that clean and yummy. A 5.0 Liter V8 courtesy of a 1993 Mustang is now residing in a matte finished stainless steel lined engine bay. An AOD 4-speed automatic transmission is seen on the back. And way back is a Ford 8.8" rear axle.
As expected, plenty of new parts, and some rebuilds, but absolutely no rust seen at all. A solid X frame with strong body hangers which are supported by the frame, rockers look just fab, and so do the floorpans. Independent coil spring suspension courtesy of a Jaguar XJ-6 is upfront, and leaf springs hold up the rear. Power disc brakes are on the front and for the rear stopping power we note power drums. A dual exhaust system snakes its way rearward and uses Magnaflow mufflers to quiet the roar of the 5.0.
My partner in crime and I could not get enough of this car. It started right up and idled smoothly. A very comfortable interior, super smooth shifting, and an overall great driver. Solid steering and no creaks or complaining as we put it through its paces. We love the updated heating system, especially on these cold Pennsylvania winter days.
An excellent resto-modded example of an everyday man's car. Just a beautiful job, a mechanical marvel to watch run, to hear and look at. All seemingly right off the 1951 showroom floor but with a modern twist...waiting for you in our sprawling hallowed halls.
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