Rod & Custom Feature Car
1930 Ford Coupe
The original '30 Ford chassis was upgraded with new crossmembers at the front and rear for strength, a '40 Ford front suspension, plus a '50 Mercury rearend and the better brakes that came with them. The pervious owner, Joe, also used the '40 steering box and steering column in the buildup. The pedal assemblies were owner-fabricated and the master cylinder came from an early Ford.
Joe acquired a 215-cid aluminum Buick V-8 for the buildup and left it just as he found it. The little V-8 made only 155 hp and 220 lb-ft of torque, but because it only weighed 324 pounds, the reduced frontend weight kept the car well balanced and easy to handle. The lightweight engine was backed by an equally light (95 pounds) Dual Path automatic transmission. By today's standards, the combination is a bit light on power but the compensation is the light, well-balanced feel of the car.
Wheels & Tires
The wheel and tire combination that came on the car consisted of a set of rally wheels and wide oval tires, fashionable in the '80s but just not the right look for this car. After considering all the options, Sonny settled on some 15-inch steel wheels, spinner caps with small bullet centers, and a full set of BFGoodrich Silvertown wide whites (5.90x15 up front and 8.20x15 under the rear fenders). There were some old photos that showed the car in similar dress and Sonny thought this was the right look for the car. We think he hit it just right.
Body & Paint
All of Joe's other Model A projects had been of the restoration nature so when it came to this project he decided to have a little fun. He used a sectioned '32 Ford grille shell, filled it with a handmade grille, and built a non-louvered hood for the car. Then he added a Continental kit to the rear and some custom fabricated running boards to the sides. Other little custom touches consist of Buick port holes in the hood, a pair of '49 Lincoln taillights, those unusual cowl-mounted windshield wipers, and a coat of Twilight Turquoise paint. Joe also added green-tinted safety glass all the way around the car to complement the body color and to add a bit of protection.
The interior is just what you would expect from the period. The Mother of Pearl White expanded vinyl and Turquoise carpet were the handiwork of Clyde Lewis of Sugar Creek, Missouri. The padded dashboard was fabricated by the owner, as was the instrument panel. The steering column came from a '40 Ford. The steering wheel and the floor mounted shifter are of unknown origins but the whole thing blends together nicely.