Henry Ford Steel Model A 5-Window Coupe with Rumble Seat!
Long Time California Classic Street Rod
Beautiful, Reliable and Mechanically Excellent…Ready for Show, Cruising or Touring
SUMMARY – THIS MODEL “A” 5-WINDOW HOT ROD
This 5-Window Coupe epitomizes the classic hot rod and was constructed with excellent components to have the appearance of a California Hot Rod that would have been built in the 1950s. The car retains its Henry Ford steel body that has escaped the all too often “chop” and significant alterations to the body or interior. As was often times done to reduce weight and improve performance, the car is fitted with high quality fiberglass fenders, splash pan, and running boards. The build quality of this 5-Window Coupe is high, and the car falls into the category of “turn-key” requiring no work to be used and enjoyed as a reliable, sorted Street Rod.
The owner reports that the Ford has been in California for at least 50 years and the indication from a previous owner is that the car may have lived its entire life in sunny California.
We have owned and represented a large volume of all types of vehicles during our 25 years in business and this car ha a number of features that many “garage built” street rods do not enjoy. In addition to a high build quality, excellent fit and finish and striking black paint, the cars interior is tastefully done, and timeless. Perhaps most important, virtually everything works down to the factory speedometer, lighting systems, horn, gauges, wipers, and even the interior / dash lights. Seat belts have been added for safety.
The Model A has a functional rear rumble seat that is functional and matches the cars interior, and door panels. Also, in the rumble seat area there is a rear battery box that includes a trickle charger that simply needs to be plugged in should the Model A be stored for prolonged periods of time.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFICATIONS / BUILD
– Chevy 350c.i – Vortec Heads – four bolt main / 9.1 compression
– Manifold Induction: Holly 670 CFM Street Avenger 4 barrel carb. With Chevy dual plane intake manifold
– Hooker competition headers
– Custom exhaust and mufflers
MSD 6A-high energy ignition control & distributor
– Taylor ignition wires
– Engine installed & built professionally by Stock to Performance – Concord, Ca.
– Complete new front suspension system installed May 2013
– Front disc brakes
– Front suspension: 4” dropped I-beam axle
– Complete TCI suspension
– Pete and Jake hot rod chrome shocks
– Rear suspension 4-Bar set-up with chrome Alden coil over shocks
– Front Chevy disk/ rear Chevy drum
– Front Custom Zenith chrome wire 72 spoke 14” x 6”
-Rear Custom Zenith chrome wire – 72 spoke – 15 x 8 with offset to inside – Custom built by The Wire Wheel King Campbell, Ca.
– General Altimax
– 1965 Chevy Nova axle– 10 bolt Chevy with Posi- traction Ratio 3.08
TRANSMISSION / REAR
– 1972 Chevy TH 350 turbo with floor mounted Lobar shifter
– Rear end: 1965 Chevy Nova axle – 10 bolt Chevy with Posi- traction Ratio 3.08
– Stock brown leather inside and rumble seat area
– Steering wheel: Model T Ford
– Custom chrome column and billet aluminum bracket
– Seat belts
– Alpine CD, FM & AM with power antenna (mounted behind seat)
– Dashboard – Stock with Stewart Warner horizontal speedometer, float gas gauge
– Other gauges, amp meter, water temp and oil pressure
DRIVING THE FORD 5-WINDOW COUPE
Get ready for a lot of looks and plan on spending extra time talking about this one every time you stop! The ’30 is just a great looking Hot Rod. Most important, the car starts, immediately, drives straight, stops well and has really excellent power from the rebuilt, strong Chevy V8. The car has been well maintained over the course of many years, and has been owned by mature enthusiasts who have treated it with the respect that it deserves. It is a reliable street rod that the owner uses it regularly, and indicates that he would “drive it anywhere.”
HISTORY FORD HOT RODS / STREET RODS
Hot rods are typically old, classic American cars with large engines modified for linear speed. The origin of the term “hot rod” is unclear. A possible origin includes replacement of the camshaft with a new (“hotter”) version, sometimes known as a hot stick or hot rod.
The first hot rods were old cars (most often Fords, typically Model T’s, 1928–31 Model A’s, or 1932-34 Model B’s), modified to reduce weight. Typical modifications were removal of convertible tops, hoods, bumpers, windshields, and / or fenders; channeling the body; and modifying theengine by tuning and/or replacing with a more powerful type. Wheels and tires were changed for improved traction and handling. “Hot rod” was sometimes a term used in the 1950s as a derogatory term for any car that did not fit into the mainstream. Hot Rodders’ modifications were considered to improve the appearance as well, leading to show cars in the 1960s replicating these same modifications along with a distinctive paint job.
Some believe that today’s mundane “look-a-like” cars have been the reason for a resurgence of hot-rods. While the focus today is more on driving hot rods over racing them, so the term “Street Rod” was coined to denote a vehicle manufactured prior to 1949, often with a more reliable late model drive train. Street Rodding as it was now known was a different phenomenon than hot rodding, as street rodding was mainly family-oriented. National events are hosted by the National Street Rod Association (NSRA), which also stressed safety as the NHRA did 20 years before.
Today, there is a contemporary movement of traditional hot rod builders, car clubs, and artists who have returned to the roots of hot rodding as a lifestyle. This includes a new breed of traditional hot rod builders, artists, and styles, as well as classic style car clubs. Events like Grease Oramafeature traditional hot rods and the greaser lifestyle. Magazines like Ol’ Skool Rodz, Gears and Gals, and Rat-Rods and Rust Queens cover events and people.