1931 Ford Coupe Streetrod
This nicely crafted 1930 Ford coupe has a great look that's almost timeless, offering clean lines, solid construction, and totally built for comfort. While it's an older build, today it remains a fully-sorted rod that's ready to hit the road and look great doing it, with a perfect stance, interesting paint, and a comfortable interior that is perhaps the ideal combination of practicality and style. More stylish than a tudor sedan and more comfortable than a roadster, the coupe was Ford's bread-and-butter car that seemed to do it all. Rendered in a very attractive shade of medium purple, it takes on a whole new dimension, and yes Ford fans, that's 100% Henry steel on the body. Fiberglass rear fenders were subtly tweaked to work with the fat tires and lowered stance, then covered with more of that bright paint that makes this Ford really stand out on the show field. Great attention to detail explains why this was a magazine cover car, and despite the flashy look, it's subtle in its modifications, sporting only a relocated gas filler cap (dig the clean fuel filler door), filled roof, and deleted hood sides. Even the door handles survived the transformation intact, and all the stainless and chrome still looks great with a vintage shine, including the accessory grille guard up front. It's clean, simple, and the whole look works rather well. In 1930, the coupe was either a 2- or 4-passenger vehicle, with a bench seat up front and an optional rumble seat in back. The rumble seat is now a trunk, and the front seat is a plush bench that's a bit more comfortable than the original and adds a few precious inches of legroom. White upholstery is the right choice, since you don't want to compete with the paint, and the durable materials still look great even after a few years. The pleated vinyl on the seats and door panels has a '60s vibe, and it's nicely done offering an inviting look that does seem right for the upright little coupe. The original Model A instrument panel has been replaced by an oak instrument panel with a full array of Classic Instruments gauges and a built-in glove box that wasn't possible when it was original (the gas tank was in the cowl). A tilt column and an overhead CD stereo system are great upgrades for cruising and the full-sized trunk means there's plenty of room for all your gear. This A has more than a few tricks up its sleeves, too. The engine is a 350 cubic inch Chevy V8 topped by an Edelbrock intake manifold and Holley carburetor, a combination that was perfected decades ago so you can hit the road without worries. Packaging is tight in the Model A's engine bay, but thanks to careful fabrication, everything fits and stays cool thanks to a massive radiator and electric fans. A few chrome dress-up items, plus those aluminum valve covers, give it a clean under-hood look at shows and the wiring is all new. It's backed by a TH350 3-speed automatic transmission spinning a 9-inch rear end with 3.73 gears inside. Up front there's a dropped I-beam axle with rack-and-pinion steering, so effort is light. Mellow-sounding mufflers sound just about right and terminate in a pair of close-set tips just under the rear deck. Wheels are polished American Racing mags and wear staggered 215/70/15 front and 275/60/15 rear BFGoodrich radials. A classic rod with a few twists under its skin and a traditional vibe, what's not to love about this awesome Model A? Call today!