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General Information

Year
1936
Make
Ford
Model
Tudor "slant back"
Color
PPG Dramatic Blue
Packages
Standard
History
This car was hauled to NorCal from Montana sometime in the early 70's, and was ultimately built into a hot rod after that. Original build included a fabricated in place MoPar longitudinal torsion bar suspension from a Chrysler Cordoba, and the installation of a Ford Y-block engine from around '62. The body was cleaned up, and a La Salle grill and hood replaced the original. The car was painted a semi gloss turquoise blue, and driven in that form for a few years.
Second owner replaced the front group with original '36 hood and grill. No hood sides. The motor was rebuilt with a new rotating assembly, heads, and intake. The original 292 c.i. was pumped up to around 312 c.i. and horse power increased via a mild solid lifter cam, high performance t-bird heads, and a dual four barrel intake. A Mustang T-5 5 speed trans. installed and a freshened up Ford 9" rear end.

I bought the car in June, 2006, did a few mild body modifications, updated the ignition, rebuilt the carbs, pulled out the carpet cleaned up the floors and installed Lizard Skin insulation. Added heat and air, and fixed all the loose ends that needed to be addressed to make it a more dependable driver. I had some body work done, and painted with a flat black sealer/primer and drove it for 4 years in that configuration.

There was always a problem with the front suspension in that when the torsion bars were cranked down enough to give the car a proper stance, there was little to no motion left in the suspension. The car bottomed out every time a bump was encountered, and it scraped on any slight incline. After trying several "fixes", I finally got to the point that I could not stand it any longer and determined that the welded-in suspension could not be made to work properly. That, of course, required major surgery.

Long story shortened, Dec. of 2010 the front end swap turned into a complete rebuild of the car.
1936 Ford Tudor "slant back" (PPG Dramatic Blue)

Modifications

Drivetrain
2004 Pontiac GTO LS-1 (w/only 20K mi). 350 horse, 365lbs. torque (stock), backed by a stock 4L60E four speed/OD trans. Lokar shift kit. Modified engine tune, JBA headers, remote mount coils, serpentine system modifications, Cooling Component elect. fan, w/custom fabricated shroud. Street and Performance air intake. Customized rocker covers, fuel rail, and manifold.
Interior
Repair of some minor floor damage. New tunnel fabricated to accommodate motor/trans upgrade. Modified access panel over fuel tank. Reinforcement in B panel to accommodate 3-point safety belts. Lizard skin coating topped with Fat Mat throughout interior. Additional firewall blanket installed over Fat Mat on interior fire wall.
Recessed electrical panel into the driver side foot well. '40 Ford dash with custom fabricated dash drop to house A/C controls and ducts and ignition and light switch. Retained the original start button in the dash. Custom gauges and bezel, custom fabricated column drop. Tilt column. Compete interior installed by Dave Putnam interiors in Orangevale CA.
Exterior
Modified front fenders, dropped headlight stands, hood (louvered), and shortened tail light stands. Firewall recessed. The rest of the body is stock Ford. Re plated bumpers and grill. Installed "bear claw" door latches. Extensive sheet metal massage. New glass. Paint is PPG Dramatic Blue. Red and silver pinstripe be Egge at Mindless Pinstripe.
Suspension
Heidts Super Ride II front end assembly, with adjustable coil over shocks, anti-sway bar, and stock height spindles. Rack and pinion steering. 11" rotors w/4 piston calipers disc brakes.
Wheel and Tire
Artillery style wheels with custom back set by Rally American Wheel. Beauty rings and Ford caps.
BF Goodrich T/A 255/60 15's rear. Fronts are Kumho 195/65 15's.

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