The Red '36
While the lessons were first being learned from the modifications made to Rich's '36, the same group of friends were using that knowledge on another similar '36 Ford coupe. While Rich's car was the "guinea pig," the second coupe was taken just a little further during each step. The chassis was set up in nearly identical fashion with a Heidt's IFS and a Ford 8-inch rearend bolted to a pair of parallel leaf springs.
Power again comes from a Chevy small-block, this time around being a '67 327ci version. The wild induction system is purely vintage with an original Edelbrock 6x2 M1 intake topped with six Holley 94 carburetors. Dress-up items include plenty of finned and polished goodies to sparkle in the hoodless engine compartment.
Lessons were learned chopping the first coupe, so when it came time to lower the lid on the second '36, the builders went a little further and took out an extra half inch (3 1/2 total) and leaned the B-pillars and rounded the corners while they were at it. The car was sprayed in a temporary coat of red oxide primer and then put up for grabs on the open market.
This is where current owner Ken Harris enters the picture. After he purchased the '36 coupe, he soon found out the car was built less than five miles from his house, and he eventually became friends with the original builders.
Wanting to personalize the Ford even further, Ken worked with his new friends to give the car a memorable personality. The first version included a turquoise paint job with red accents. That lasted for a while, but then Ken envisioned something that wouldn't get his car confused with his buddy Rich's blue coupe. With an important show just around the corner, Ken decided a switch to red paint with metallic flame accents was just the trick to ensure everyone would know which coupe was his. Despite their differences, the fact is these '36s will forever be twins at heart.
1936 Ford Coupe
The heartbeat of Ken's '36 is provided by a '67 Chevy 327ci fed by an Edelbrock 6x2 intake manifold topped with a full set of Holley 94 two-barrel carbs. Spent gasses exit out a pair of ceramic-coated ram's horn exhaust manifolds and a pair of Flowmaster mufflers. The engine is backed up by a Gennie Shifter-equipped Chevy TH350 automatic transmission.
Similar to Rich's chassis, Ken's uses all the same components with a Heidt's IFS attached to the original chassis and a pair of parallel leaf springs in the rear swingin' an 8-inch Ford rearend. To get the car as low as Ken likes it, the center crossmember was reworked and the rear of the frame was boxed and C-notched to get over the rearend.
Wheels & Tires
To capture the '60s vibe, Ken built a set of 15x4 and 15x7 Radir Tri-Rib wheels into his car, wrapped in a set of Coker wide whites (165R15s & 215R15s).
Body & Paint
Extensive bodywork is what Ken's coupe is known for and the list includes the chopped roof (3 1/2 inches by "Choppin' Joe" Limones), slanted B-pillars with rounded corners, filled cowl vent, new firewall, and a Frenched rear license plate and '59 Cadillac taillights. Once all the body mods were complete, Willie Taitano sprayed the coupe Torch Red and added the metalflake accents in his shop, Willie's Place Rods & Kustoms in Campbell, California.
The inside complements the exterior with White Pearl vinyl over a pair of early Mustang buckets, again stitched up by Rivero. The smoothed dash mounts a set of Dolphin white-faced gauges and hangs a '56 Ford steering column topped by a '59 Pontiac Bonneville steering wheel.