Sunday, June 19, 2016

Trar from Prefect: 1951 Ford E439A Prefect

by Matt -- Someone has gone the non-committal trar (truck + car, for the uninitiated) route and mounted this pommy 1951 Ford on a 1977 Toyota Truck frame, making one unforgivable error in the process: non-driven front wheels. Everyone who's anyone in the Charlotte metro area knows that in order to make a proper trar, one must select the 4x4 variant of said truck upon which to booger weld the body of the automobile. In fact, I think I remember Ms.Collier teaching this in 8th grade North Carolina history class just after the section on squatter's rights. Anyway, I digress. The sensible path was instead taken, resulting in a dare I say usable immediate post-war British classic.

The paint, or glorious absence thereof, is likely the most compelling reason to bring this thing home. The sun has weathered every bit of protective material off of the body of this old girl, making it look like it's gone through hell and back with regularity. In fact, if you climbed out of it in khaki safari shorts and wide brimmed hat, you could easily fake an accent and convince people that you just got done imperializing a country. The wheel choice is very wrong but some cream colored steelies and tall tires would fix that right up. Clearly, there are many opportunities for critique in the name of bargaining. Hopefully, the seller has applied basic craigslist value inflation principles and would take far less than the $3,800 asking price.

The motor is the now the dead reliable Toyota 20R, which is not all that exciting until you consider that it replaced a 1.17 liter flathead four cylinder that was small enough to talk about using 2 decimal places. Compared to the 3 speed quasi unsynchronized crash box that came out of the Prefect, the Toyota 5 speed overdrive transmission was Japanese-talking-toilet futuristic. Working together, both of these pieces will help the Prefect to reach speeds that far outrun its handling acumen and crashworthiness. 

Find two better beaters to stick weld together?
Matt, a self-proclaimed bottom-feeder of the classic car market, spends half of his time buying cars, half of his time retrieving them, and the remaining third on keeping them on the road.    


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  3. A friend from work who had about 25 car's @ one time bought one of these 45 to 50 mph was top speed never road in it but he did not drive it much he sold his for about 5 to 6k was mush nicer then this decent paint and interior.......not my cup of tea.


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