This Month's Featured Ride - April 2012

Ed & Marge's 1937 Ford Convertible

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Year / Make / Model: 1937 Ford Convertible
Ed & Marge Johnson
Year Purchased:
Transmission: 700R4
Frame / Suspension: Downs / Heidts IFS
One off PPG Orange with Gold tint
Interior: Brown Leather

BODY: This is a one of a kind, highly modified and altered Downs body. Mods include narrowing the doors and fabricating a rocker panel joining the quarter panels and cowl (not found on other bodies). Body upper panels were raised creating a straight belt line/ top seam. Stainless trim on body tops to prevent chaffing of roof on painted surfaces. A Downs Phantom coupe front end was used, (pitched down about 2") that gives the car a natural raked look without jacking up the rear of the car. Forward titling hood, sculptured and curved windshield frame. Modified hardtop that was shortened for no overhang over the windshield and leaned forward at backglass for a smoother flow of the body line. German Hartz top fabric covers the hardtop and is nicely trimmed with hidden hardware to secure the top to the body. Full leather interior, (not ultra leather), by Tri City Upholstery, custom hand made console and wrap around dash. Chromed Ididit column with half wrapped billet wheel, Vintage A/C, power windows, remote entry, power trunk. Underside of body, (including inside the fenders), painted to match the body color.

CHASSIS: Custom made by Downs. Boxed, smoothed with tubular crossmembers. Heidts SuperRide IFS with chrome coilovers and polished S/S A-arms.
Polished S/S 4 bar rear suspension with chrome coilovers.
4 wheel Wilwood power disc brakes with polished calipers. Integrated rear E-brakes.
Ford 9" rear end.
Billet Specialties 17" and 20" wheels with Dunlop tires.
Rock Valley polished S/S fuel tank with external fuel pump.
Ceramic coated exhaust system with Flowmaster 40s.

POWER: GM crate motor - 290hp with cast iron heads.
650 Edelbrock carb on chromed intake manifold, mild aftermarket cam.
All engine accessories are chromed or polished.
One off engine cover / air intake.
MSD electronic ignition system.
PRC aluminum radiator, (never runs hot even when idling with AC on!)
700R4 overdrive transmission.





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