At a recent car show I ran across this sweet little 1934 Ford 3 Window Coupe. At first glance it was looked bone stock, right down to the correct wire wheels for the year. Looks of course can be deceiving, and in the case of this little car, they certainly are!
I chatted a bit with the owner, and we got to talking about his Ford. He spent 6 years off and on restoring this car. The car was a barn find in South Dakota he picked up for $1,500 and although complete, it was showing every bit its age, though with very little rust issues.
He began his restoration by cataloging as much of the car as he could to try an see how complete it was. Next it was time to evaluate the body, the issues that would need to be addressed, such as rust holes, panels needing patches, replacing the floor boards and on. He pulled the body off the frame and went to town on the frame and chassis.
He sandblasted the frame, then patched a few spots here and there, then painted it. It was about this time he began to have inspiration as to how he wanted the final Coupe to appear, that being the stock looking car you see here. He wanted it to be all Ford, though the drivetrain would be a more modern package.
The drivetrain is a 289 cid 4 barrel engine out of a 1966 Mustang that had had its day. The list is far too long, but he went out of his way to hi-performance the engine in a true Cobra engine manner adding headers and a large dual exhaust. His choice was simply he wanted a nice high winding small block engine and Mustang engine fit the bill. The engine is coupled to a 4 speed floor shift transmission and a a 9″ rear finishes the package off.
Somewhere he managed to squeeze a power disc front brake system into the car, but sadly I forgot to ask what the donor car was. (sorry)
The body is more or less stock, with the chrome pieces all re-chromed and gleaming. Unlike so many of these cars, he didn’t chop the roof or otherwise change the cars Coupe styling, and I think his choice was a good one!
The interior is now bucket seats upholstered in luxurious soft black leather. Matching door panels were made and a nice pile rug finishes the look. The dash is more or less stock, but with the addition of gauges under the dash to monitor the 289’s health.
I liked this car and his choice to keep the stock look but having a modern style drivetrain. I am pretty certain this little jalopy has surprised more than one stop light racer now and then. It shows you can make a nice ride from a 1934 Ford without the usual chopping and channeling jobs that are quite common place. Who needs a “ZZ Top” car when you can have this little Coupe? There were 26,348 built in 1934 so there has to still be a few cars kicking around today that can be built. Go out and find your own barn find today! Happy Hunting!
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