Rod & Custom Feature Car
Dave & Danielle Price
Piedmont, South Dakota
1931 Ford Tudor Sedan

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A Pete & Jake's frame provides the solid foundation. A Super Bell 4-inch dropped I-beam axle with Wilwood discs and monoleaf spring is located with a P&J four-bar, Panhard bar, and shorty shocks. A Ford 8-inch with 3.55:1 gears and drum brakes is suspended with a P&J four-link and Carrera coilovers. A Vega 'box handles the steering duties and a non-power GM master cylinder helps stop it.

When you need a reliable family sedan, it's hard not to drop a GM 350 crate engine and Turbo 350 trans between the 'rails. The engine was dressed up with an Offenhauser 3x2 intake with Rochester carbs, Moon valve covers, and Zoops accessory brackets. An MSD ignition and wires (with the coil hidden behind firewall) lights the fuel which then exits block-hugger headers out Flowmaster Hushpower mufflers. A Walker radiator keeps it running cool.

Wheels & Tires
The Tudor's look could be changed completely with any set of wheels. Dave wanted a traditional look and ordered a set of Wheel Vintique 20-Series solids (15x6s and 15x7s) and wrapped them in BFGoodrich Silvertown wide whites (6.00s and 7.60s).

Body & Paint
The original Henry steel was patched and worked back to like-new condition. Dave knew from the start that he didn't want to chop the top but still gets the occasional admirer who swears that he did. He instead had the rear fenders widened inward an inch and a half and rear frame horn covers fabricated to mate better with the '32 Ford gas tank. He carried the Deuce theme up front as well with a '32 grille shell with a custom louvered hood from Randy Gribble at Lake City Rod & Custom. Special detail was paid to ensure the fenders lined up perfectly straight from front to back. John Rindy at Adler Industries shot the HOK Tangelo Pearl and then Ken Smith laid down some 'striping.

A '32-style steel dash provides a place for the engine-turned insert filled with Auto Meter gauges. Steering is handled with a stainless steel LimeWorks Speed Shop column topped with a drilled four-spoke Sprint Car wheel. Roy Keith and his brother Brian at Classics and Customs in Hot Springs were put in charge of building the custom rear seat (the middle of which folds down for storage) and then covering the front Glide buckets and the rest of the interior in white leather. The black carpet is the same material used in deluxe Chevy Bel Airs. A Hot Rod Air A/C unit blows out oval vents built out of the kick panels. The Pioneer CD player is hidden in the middle of the rear seat panel.