Tuesday, March 24, 2015

10k: Thunder Road: 1949 Ford Custom

 Forget Furious 7, if you want to watch a great movie about cars that isn't full of CGI, bad acting, and sweaty dudes in UnderArmour t-shirts, pick up a copy of the 1958 Thunder Road starring Robert Mitchum (who sings the campy title credits song) as a returning Korean war vet, his son James Mitchum playing his younger brother who gets into running moonshine, and Gene Barry as a sympathetic revenuer out to catch the good ole boys before they die in a crash or get shot by rival gangs.  But the real stars of the movie are the tricked Shoebox Fords, a '50 & '51 Custom with '49 grill, and this next feature is pretty close.  Find this 1949 Ford Custom here on eBay currently bidding for $10,000 with a few hours to go, located in Lansdale, PA.

The 1949 Ford was credited as the first post war automobile introduced by one of the big three, and its legacy as a V8 powered hot-rod is second to none...except perhaps the '57 Chevy.  The slab sided design with pontoon fenders was years ahead of the pre-war styling and it was slightly revised for the '50 and '51 model years. 

Under the hood isn't some monstrosity (like a Chevy 350), but an original Ford flathead V8, the 3.9 liter sidevalve engine pushing out 100 horsepower when new.  Despite the fact that it was not as responsive to modifications as a good overhead valve V8, the flathead was (and continues to be) used by hot rodders to go fast and break records.

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  1. Oh my, some of the folks on the HAMB wouldn't appreciate that electric fan at all.

    All in all it looks decent and not badly priced.

  2. I'm sure the old guys will hate this, but I'd put a 302 in it. Flatheads are so outdated.

    What does HAMB stand for anyway? I'm sure the B stands for Bald and the M stands for Mullet.

    1. The Hokey Ass Message Board.


    2. As for the 302...yeah, well...I've had fantasies of a shoebox wrapped around Lincoln LS mechanicals, but it's not gonna happen in THIS lifetime.

  3. Looks like a very good buy as long as it stays in the low 10,000s. IMO it's too original to throw an overhead valve motor in. Save that stuff for the pale and unloved.

    The Half-Assed-Message-Board (yes that's its real name) may have more than its share of curmudgeons, but a lot of damn good fabricators and genuinely knowledgeable persons.

  4. Let's do the Time Warp again! I like it and I'd keep that flathead. The sound of a flathead V8 with dual exhaust is a symphony for the ears.

  5. Looks good and seems like a decent price, as of now, 10.5K, but that rusty tail pipe!!! Deal breaker...


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