1949 Ford Coupe Streetrod
The 1949 Ford probably saved the company from bankruptcy, and today they remain iconic and popular cars for every kind of hobbyist. With a few subtle mods that do nothing to change the famous Bulletnose Ford, this neat red coupe is a great entry-level cruiser with good power, bright paint, and an awesome interior. This bright red coupe, which is an unusual body style all by itself, has been given a light once-over to make it highly usable in today's traffic conditions without disturbing the styling that made these cars such a smash hit. When talking about a 1949 Ford, the first thing anyone mentions is the grille, which is the source of the "Bulletnose" nickname. The bright trim is all in good condition, and none of it has been shaved or altered in an attempt to update the look, although the painted grille is a nice touch. Speaking of paint, the bright red finish is in decent shape with a few signs of age on it, but that only means you won't fret when you take it out. As a car that was built to be driven, it nevertheless offers good gaps and panel alignment throughout and the way the doors close is impressive. And you have to love the lakes pipes, a traditional '50s modification that works quite well here. Inside, it was all about tradition, which means red and white vinyl tuck-and-roll upholstery with matching door panels. There's a lot of time invested here and nice touches like the armrest with cup holders between the front seat, painted dash and garnish moldings, and black carpets make it look professional. The original gauge pod holds a custom Dakota Digital gauge package that includes all the vitals and looks very trick all lit up. A big three-spoke steering wheel fits the car's character, and a column-mounted shifter is only inches away for convenience. Upgrades include a high-quality AM/FM/CD stereo with speakers stashed throughout the interior, a neat white-faced clock in the center of the dash, and a period cooling fan mounted under the dash that's a thoughtful touch. The trunk is finished to largely stock specs, with a vintage bias-ply spare stashed in the original well. Ford guys will be pleased to see a 302 cubic inch Ford V8 under the hood instead of the ubiquitous small block Chevy, and it makes this Ford 100% Blue Oval. A little flash never hurts, and it wears satin black Ford Racing valve covers and a matching air cleaner on top of the Edelbrock carb and intake, but it's obvious this car was built for the road. Everything is tidy, professionally installed, and fully functional, and it's obvious that reliability was a priority. Disc brakes and a Volvo steering box make it easy to drive, and the 302 has a nice rumble thanks to those side pipes. It appears that the front suspension is mostly stock while the rear end is a GM 10-bolt with coil-over helper shocks and a fat sway bar. Cragar mag wheels wear 215/70/15 radials that ride and handle great. This car comes with a pile of receipts, and is a great way to get into the hobby for not a lot of money. With everything fully sorted, all you need to do is get in, turn the key, and start having fun. Call us today!