2 Owner All Steel ’31 5-Window Coupe – CA. Street Rod
Highly Unique Right Hand Drive Conversion
Very Nice Build with Beautiful, High Quality Cosmetics
This 1931 Ford Model A 5-Window Coupe is finished in bright red and black running boards. The interior and rumble seat is trimmed in a two-tone gray with matching color coordinated gray carpeting. Purchased by the current owner in 1992, the car was reportedly acquired from its original California owner who worked for Ford Motor Company at the time. The Model A has spent its entire life in Northern California.
As the owner of several local respected body shops, the current owner managed a high- quality frame off restoration and used the Model A primarily for car shows and local events. He wanted something unique and chose to convert the car to right hand drive, making it a truly “one of a kind” street rod. The steering box was sourced from New Zealand to move the steering wheel to the right side. The gauges reside in the middle of the dash.
The odometer reflecting accumulating just over 1,000 miles representing the miles accumulated since the restoration. The 5-window coupe is all steel including the steel hoods slated panels shown in the photos. The car retains its original factory 5-window coupe roofline with both previous long-time caregivers resisting the temptation to chop the top.
Powered by a 350c.i. V8 paired with a 350THM transmission, the engine compartment is high detailed with features including:
- Edelbrock carburetion
- Hooker jet coated headers
- Magnaflow dual exhaust
- MSD coil
- MSD wires
- Polished air cleaner, valve covers & air cleaner
- Stainless overflow
- Leather hood hold-down straps
The Ford rides an upgraded TCI chassis including:
- 3” drop front axle (polished)
- 4-link front & rear (polished)
- Panhard bars (polished)
- Front power assisted disc brakes
- 9” Ford rear end.
- A stainless steel battery box
- 15” & 14” chrome wire spoke wheels on all corners are mounted with BF Goodrich radials in sizes 275 60R 15” (Rear), 235 80R 14” (Front).
Notable exterior features include:
- Straight damage free body with excellent panel fit
- Side panels included (shown in photos)
- Very high-quality cosmetics/paint including custom air-brushed graphics and subtle pin-striping
- 1932 Ford fuel tank
- ’32 Ford grill
- Original Ford chrome headlights
- Original steel panels and standard height roof (Not chopped)
- Roof shade painted body color
- Excellent exterior chrome including full front bumper & rear horizontal chrome bar
- Dual side view mirrors
- Hand air brushed graphics on front and rear fenders
- Subtle hand painted side pinstriping in color contrasting blue & gold
Located in Pleasanton, California, this Model A is offered with a clean California title in the seller’s name with valid California registration through February 2022.
The interior has been fully reupholstered with two tone gray fabric bench seat and color coordinated throughout. The suicide door panels, headliner and rumble seat received the same upgrade and tasteful shade of matching medium gray carpet. The Dakota Digital gauges and the Sony CD radio are fully functional with the exception the fuel gauge that works intermittently. The car runs cool even in California’s warm climate with all readings well within acceptable limits. Please refer to the gallery of extensive photos for dash and other photos of the interior, exterior, engine compartment, underside, and trunk.
The dash was painted body color with a center aluminum panel fitted with a full complement of centrally located gauges including a speedometer, tachometer, oil pressure, temperature, and ammeter gauge. Safety latches were added to the suicide doors. The ’31 was built as a California “Rod” and does not have windshield wipers. Windows are “old school” manual, as are doors that have chromed handles, inside and out. Doors and windows are operated manually and chromed inside and out. Additional interior touches include a Lokar style (looks like Lokar, but not sure,.verify) shifter (verify), Sony in dash CD with speakers custom mounted, La Carrera wheel with tilt, center mounted cup holder (in lower) front seat area, and several Northern California show plaques supporting the cars attendance and participation with Good Guys and other groups. The five-digit odometer reads 1,041 miles, and true miles are unknown.
The small-block Chevrolet 350ci V8 and drive-line was installed during the restoration along with a host of dress-up and performance upgrades. The engine is fitted with classic jet coated Hooker headers, dual exhaust and Magnaflow mufflers with chrome exit tips. The rear mounted gas tank was sourced from a 1932 Ford as was the grill shell giving the Ford the appearance of a ’32 5-Window Coupe. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a TH350 transmission and a Ford 9” rear end.
The undercarriage is clean and supports that the car has been used minimally, and on dry California days. The underside photos show close-ups of the polished suspension components, driveline, stainless steel battery box, chassis mounted brake booster & fluid reservoir, and rust free, clean underside. The inner fender wells are clean, and there are no signs of damage to the chassis, fenders, or other panels.
The rear rumble seat area is clean and free from damage to seat, carpet and closes securely.