1947 Ford Tudor
Jeff ordered a ZZ4 short-block and then had the Engine Factory (Lebanon, New York) enhance it with a load of Edelbrock equipment (roller cam, aluminum heads, intake, and carb). Sanderson small-tube block-hugger headers and Flowmaster 30-Series mufflers complete the dual 2.5-inch exhaust system. Engine dress-up comes from Mooneyes valve covers and air cleaner, and accessory brackets from Bill's Hot Rod Company. A Lokar shifter controls a 700-R4 from Bowties Overdrives and helps Jeff put some comfortable miles on the sedan.
After getting the estimate for fixing all the problems with the modified original chassis, Jeff figured he could spend a little more and get an Art Morrison MaxG Chassis with everything he wanted. The list includes Air Ride Technologies ShockWaves and 12-inch four-piston Wilwood discs at each corner, a triangulated four-bar with a Currie 9-inch, and a Morrison IFS.
Wheels & Tires
American Racing 16x7 and 17x11 Hopsters are wrapped with BFG g-Force TAs (195/50ZR16s and 285/40ZR17s) and tuck up nicely in the stock fenders.
Body & Paint
Jeff appreciated the look Ford designers built into the original body and chose to leave most of it as it rolled out of the factory, but that doesn't mean it couldn't use a little tweak here and there. The wind wings were removed, the rain gutters were shaved, and the cowl vent was filled. All the trim and chrome was retained to help set off the PPG Mystic Emerald paint.
The interior has lots of modern touches without losing too much of the original feel. Glide Engineering SS2 Sport Buckets provide plenty of comfort and were covered in light cream vinyl along with the custom rear seat and door panels by Eddy and Son Upholstery (Bellflower, California). Eddy and Son also built the custom center console. The stock dash was dressed up with some new chrome pieces and a Rod Tech gauge insert filled with VDO gauges. A chrome ididit tilt column was topped with a Billet Specialties Chicayne steering wheel.