Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Everyone has their favorite year of Ford V8, and mine is the 1936. The one-year-only styling combines the traditional upright grille with a streamlined body to create one of the best-looking cars of the period, no matter the manufacturer. This fully-restored 1936 Ford Sedan Streetrod with its angled and smoothed body and absolutely dialed-in black-on-red color combo is an incredibly built car that keeps all the great Ford styling while adding a few custom touches and modern conveniences.
If you admire the '36 Ford like I do, then you'll definitely appreciate the extra mile the builders went on this handsome 5-window sedan. Fortunately, it hasn't been obnoxiously chopped beyond recognition, aggressively channeled to make it virtually undriveable, or de-fendered into oblivion, leaving all that awesome American steel pretty much as it was when it was new. The gently rounded fenders with their peaked crease through the middle, the raked angle of the roof and slant back, the highly detailed hood vents, and the tall waterfall grille it's all been transported intact from 1936. But don't get it twisted, this is a modern hotrod build with a subtle chop on the roof that virtually looks factory-issue, deleted bumpers, smoothed door handles and locks, deleted side mirrors, and a dual exhaust trumpets poking out from under the raked rear end. Finished in a sinister shade of black, the color is deep, dark, and looks super slick and expertly finished, with a high-class air to it, much like a tuxedo. It's not perfect, having been driven and enjoyed since it was finished in 2013, but it's still very impressive and the look will never go out of style. For a bright contrast that really works great, much of the original-style brightwork made the translation, including the chrome trim around the grille, hood, hood vents, front windshield surround and even the outline of those awesome, period-correct, flush-mounted teardrop taillights which now feature modern hardware. Up front, there are cool modern bulbs in the original buckets that continue the '36 theme, and because the bumpers have been deleted and the body has a lowered raked stance, this vintage Blue Oval manages to look streamlined and modern.
Inside, all pretensions of being a stock Ford are long gone, replaced by custom bucket seats and all the modern features you'd expect in a high-end build like this. The sculpted leather seats appear to be from a late model or are purpose-built aftermarket units (the driver's seat is power actuated!), with the back seat and door panels upholstered to match in two-tone Red Ostrich leather upholstery. Ford's original dashboard was restored and painted black to match the exterior, with a polished instrument panel full of sporty VDO gauges ahead of the driver that cover a full spectrum of the engine's vitals. The A/C vents have been cleverly integrated into the kick-panels, the controls are in the glovebox cut-out, and the way the R134a system fits together makes you think that this is the way Henry Ford would've designed the cabin if he had the technology back then. A leather-wrapped billet steering wheel looks right in the Ford, and it sits atop a matching polished tilt steering column. Other options include power windows, power locks with remote door poppers, and a Lokar shifter atop the transmission hump. The taut headliner above is wrapped to perfection to match the door panels, and plush carpets line the fully insulated cabin and help control heat and road noise from the outside world.
While the flathead was celebrated for its performance at the time, today you need more horsepower and the best source of that is a 383 Stroker V8 engine. Impressively dressed with aluminum heads, dual quad Edelbrock carburetors, a performance intake manifold, and polished aluminum valve covers that look great atop the powerful small block. It was built at the time of restoration 2013, so it's a totally sorted, smooth, reliable, and powerful travelling companion for the guy who likes to drive his rods. The GM engine is a neat fit in the Ford's engine bay, and all the accessories tuck in tight so the hood fits well. A big radiator, power steering and power front disc brakes, and a late-model Mustang II-style front clip make it drive like a modern car. The transmission is a 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive spinning a Ford rear end hanging on fresh shocks and leaf springs, and the custom Flowmaster dual exhaust system fed through long-tube headers sounds just right. Competing the illusion is a set of polished chrome Coys with big-n-little 205/50/17 front and 255/45/20 rear blackwall radials for the perfect stance.
Classic good looks never go out of style, making this is a well-sorted rod that's a true pleasure to drive. Call today!
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