The street rod world is full of amazing cars with wild paint schemes, extreme drivetrains and custom interiors that make most luxury penthouses self-conscious. While those cars are awesome to look at, the ten minute start-up procedures and blind hunts for kill switches and accessory controls wear on even the most enthusiastic rodder. Anyone that’s been around these cars will tell you there is truly something special about owning an authentic, well-built classic that can comfortably carry you across the country if the need arises. This 1937 Ford is just that - a completely functional vehicle wrapped up in an awesome shell. With a reliable small block engine, proven 3-speed transmission, and solid steel body, this hot rod was built with driver in mind. Tired of impractical showpieces? Take a closer look as this fully sorted Ford!
Check out this sedan’s awesome Aqua over Black paint! What a refreshing change from the sea of black, red and yellow Fords which seem to be hiding in everyone’s garages. Don’t get me wrong, the ‘street rod trio’ colors work just fine. But sometimes when you want to stand out in a crowd, citing your influences is the best way to do it. Naturally, this Ford’s ripple-free body was beautifully prepped and expertly finished before even one drop of two-stage was sprayed. Once that two-stage cured, every panel was color-sanded and buffed to an incredible shine. And today, the car sits as an excellent combination of classic old school style and proven head-turning prowess!
There really isn’t much you can do to make a 30s-era Ford more attractive. The car’s streamlined styling was a home-run when originally introduced; and today, it’s a stunning example of some of the strongest elements of the highly regarded Art Deco movement. At the front of this super cool sedan, a painted steel grille, which serves as the focal point of the car’s classy façade, flows past bullet-style parking lamps and traditional tear drop headlights into a prominent, pointed chin. At the sides of that chin, sculpted fenders rake from a chrome spring bumper past stainless-trimmed air extractors and a sculpted, ornament-secured hood. Behind those fenders, traditional, covered running boards parallel small, tri-tone pinstripes to frame old school bear claws, simple chrome door handles and elegant chrome mirrors. Between those mirrors, small stainless wipers clear a split windshield in front of like-new greenhouse glass. And opposite those wipers, a tall decklid hangs era-correct hardware between small tail lights, a second chrome bumper, a “V8” branded gas cap and pristine stainless exhaust tips.
Sometimes looks can be deceiving. Case in point: the fact that this car’s grille sports an ornate “Ford 85” badge when, in reality, its 85 horsepower flathead was long ago exchanged for a V-shaped 350 that’s professionally finished and ready to go! At that top of that stout small block, a chrome air cleaner forces wind into a coated Quick Fuel carburetor that’s juiced by tightly braided hoses. At the base of that carburetor, a chrome Edelbrock intake hangs an aftermarket points distributor between polished Edelbrock valve covers. At the base of those valve covers, Moroso Blue Max Spiral Core EMI Suppression Wires snake between coated block hugger headers. And in front of those manifolds, traditional V-belts spin a chrome water pump between a chrome fan, a chrome alternator, a chrome timing chain cover and an old school brass radiator. Aesthetically, the Chevy Orange mill and its assortment of polished and braided accessories contrast well against the car’s body-matched engine bay. And details like Moroso wire looms, an MSD Blaster 2 coil and chrome hood hardware ensure everything functions as good as it looks.
Despite its vastly upgraded powerplant, not much has changed under this Ford’s super clean floors. There’s a heavy duty frame and factory-accurate suspension that’s been wired with new fuel lines, fitted with quality Pete & Jake’s shocks and veiled in a subdued coat of satin black paint. A correct 3-speed manual still proves ‘simple is good’ by doing an excellent job of twisting an authentic, banjo-style rear end. In front of that transmission, a beam axle and relocated leaf spring, an innovation heavily touted by 30s-era Ford execs, free up much needed interior space. And behind that transmission, a second leaf and second solid axle help maintain ride height and add a little extra grip. At the corners of the car, four wheel drum brakes provide slow and steady stops. At the center of the car, there’s a low maintenance, true-dual exhaust system that rumbles through small, glasspack-style mufflers. And everything rolls on painted steel wheels that spin 225/75R16 Wild Country Sport H/Ts around slim trim rings and “Ford” branded center caps.
This sedan’s warm and welcoming interior looks straight out of pre-war America complete with simple fabrics, tasteful use of trim and awesome art deco gauges. The car’s cockpit centers on big, heavily bolstered seats that are supportive and feel soft enough to take a nap on. At the sides of those seats, simple door panels hang bright chrome handles below glossy wood frames. At the bottom of those panels, billet foot pedals front a “V8” branded shifter, clean, upscale carpet and big, color-keyed floor mats. Above those pedals, a stylish dash hangs attractive stainless trim on a glossy wood façade. In front of the driver, a simple, 3-spoke steering wheel spins a “V8” branded centerpiece around a chrome turn signal switch. And behind the cockpit, a fully restored trunk conceals a full-size spare tire beside enough room to haul a day’s worth of necessities.
In summary, this spectacular Ford is the perfect hot rod for someone who wants a fully-sorted cruiser that’s more substantial than the latest ‘fiberglass fantastic’. The work is done, the money is spent, and the result is a great-looking car that you can drive home for a fraction of its original cost. If you’re looking for a professional build that features an unbeatable combination of classic good looks and modern reliability, your search is officially over!