Rod & Custom Feature Car
John Mearns
Costa Mesa, California
1936 Ford Coupe

With John unable to bring himself to modify the stock chassis, plus a liking for Total Cost Involved's '35-40 frame under his cabriolet, it should come as no surprise to find the same thing under the three-window. With independent front suspension, this kustom should soak up the miles, though the TCI leaf springs have been swapped for a four-bar and 5-inch kickup to get the rear way down.

A '56 265ci small-block Chevy wears three Stromberg 97s on an Edelbrock intake. Stock exhaust manifolds will dispose of spent gases, but that's about it in the engine bay for now. A 700-R4 and 9-inch rearend complete the drivetrain.

Wheels & Tires
A quartet of 16x5.5-inch Vintique '40 Ford-style steels wrapped in Coker Classic rubber stop this tail-dragger from literally living up to its name. That's it for now, since color and hubcap choices are still to be finalized.

Body & Paint
A dark maroon, most likely a '48 VW color, will cover the extensive metalwork, which extends to modifying the floorpan, re-chopping the roof (a task far more difficult than chopping a virgin top), grafting the Chevy hood sides to the Ford panels, creating the grille surround and fender skirts, and much more. Any welds or fresh steel you spot in the pictures will be the result of days of labor by Jeb Scolman.

There's plenty of bare metal in there right now, though a Glide bench seat will soon call it home. The dash, modified to retain the windshield crank, is from a '40 Ford, as is the insert, United Speedo having updated the gauges. A '48 Chevy steering wheel tops a modified column from a '41 Lincoln, with a one-off spun bell and Chevy 'shaft. Upholstery style and color are still in the planning stages, though we wouldn't bet against it being traditional in execution.