CLEAN CUSTOM BUILD, 239 FLATHEAD 8, 3-SPEED, OFFE ALUMINUM HEADS/INTAKE, DUALS!!
The all-new 1949 Ford probably saved the company, and today they make for unusual yet handsome hot rods. This 1950 Ford 2-door sedan, for example, emphasizes all the clean lines that made the "shoebox" Fords famous but packs a bunch of upgrades under the smooth hood. This is a cool custom that does just about everything well.
The bright two-tone green paint is certainly attention-grabbing, but the good news is that it shows well and drives great. It was finished a few years ago and has been used as intended, so it's not a trailer queen and it's not perfect, but I bet you can't remember the last time you saw one of these at the local cruise night. It's got a few custom touches that are directly out of the 1950s, including dual exhaust, fender skirts, and blue dot taillights, so there's a bit of flavor to the build. The "bullet nose" front end has been polished and the neat hood ornament looks like a Roman soldier's helmet with a clear Plexiglas crest. Chrome pieces like the bumpers, headlight rings, and trunk hinges are in decent condition and it appears that most of the weather-stripping is recent, so it seals up well.
The interior has been thoroughly updated, featuring green and white vinyl in a traditional pattern. The original bench seats are comfortable for long drives and the vertical pleats are straight out of the 1950s, so they look right. The original wheel was painted white and bolted to the original steering column, which was finished to match the bodywork. The round speedometer is in the center of the dash, joined by a set of auxiliary gauges discreetly tucked underneath the radio in the center. The clock is in the center of the dash and for entertainment, there's an aftermarket CD player installed underneath. A full-sized back seat makes this a practical kind of hot rod and the massive trunk has been custom upholstered with gray carpets and includes a full-sized spare tire with jack.
The 239 cubic inch flathead V8 has a few period-correct upgrades and it's tuned right so it's a blast to drive. There's power at just about any speed thanks to an Offenhauser dual carb intake manifold and a pair of 2-barrel carburetors, and the finned aluminum cylinder heads and yellow ignition wires make it look suitably racy. It's quite tidy and well-engineered and suffers from none of the usual flathead fever, even on warm days. The electrical system was converted to 12 volts, so the starter spins with vigor and It's ready for any upgrades you might have in mind for the future. Cast iron exhaust manifolds were used to tuck everything in tight to the block. The transmission is a 3-speed manual with 3-on-the-tree shifting and it feeds the factory rear end hanging on leaf springs and tube shocks. The front suspension appears to be largely stock and the dual exhaust with mellow-sounding mufflers give it just the right 1950s burble. Red wheels with full Buick wheel covers look great and carry 205/75/15 whitewall radials.
A mild custom with a ton of potential that's already a lot of fun to drive, this Ford is ready to go anywhere at a very reasonable price. Call today!
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- 239 Flathead V8
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- 36,613 (Unknown)
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- Center Console