- 159,900 overpriced
- Charlotte, NC
- 4 months
Car enthusiasts are an interesting lot. Not only do most of us possess the desire to preserve and create, we're also quite picky. Rather, in most cases, they're the well-plotted means to recreate the idealized version of that world. Perhaps nowhere is that more evident that with 'libby', this beloved '36 ford. The car's builder grew up watching fast, 1930s-era fords flash across his tv screen, and, even though he earned his hot rodding chops on muscle cars and corvettes, the thought of a keen '30s ford never left his psyche. So, after years of funding his car addiction with a successful career as an oral surgeon, he decided to build the quintessential street rod. No, this wasn't about simply preserving memories, it was about a detail-oriented dream to create a timeless steel roadster. So, he searched for almost two years before locating a rust-free member of the 3,862 1936 roadsters ford produced - then traveled all the way to canada to pick it up. The first order of business with any hot rod is power, and few engines make power like the mighty hemi! Enamored with the legend of the early elephant motor, this roadster's builder decided to make it the powertrain of choice for his idealized cruiser. That's when the pros at lititz, pennsylvania's black mountain hemi tagged in. They located a 1956 block, capped it with 1954 heads and shipped it to hudson, new hampshire where a full rebuild by golen engines included a . 030 overbore, a schneider racing cam and egge 9. 5 to 1 pistons. At the top of the mill, a body-matched batwing air cleaner floats a billet tie over a 670cfm holley street avenger carburetor. That carb, strung between polished fuel lines and a quality lokar linkage, dumps wind and liquid in to a polished hot heads intake. At the back of that intake, a vertex electronic distributor sequences spark through pliable taylor spiro pro plug wires. Under those wires, custom tri-y headers make quick work of spent gases. In front of those pipes, polished pulleys spin a polished water pump beside modern power steering and a polished generator. In front of those ancillaries, a big radiator feeds polished water tubes under an orange-tinged billet cap. And items like a polished oil filler, polished valve covers, polished dipsticks and custom hood supports reinforce the build's clean and concise aesthetics. Intense operation picking an ideal engine is easy. Well, that posed a whole new challenge. One that would see the ford undergo serious surgery and major modification. After being shipped to xtreme restoration in slatersville, rhode island, the car's factory frame was boxed, smoothed and carefully modified to accommodate the hemi. Naturally, the floor was cut and carefully refashioned around a proven chrysler a727 torqueflite that spins a polished driveshaft. That tube twists a proven currie 9-inch that's finished with a posi-traction differential and 31-spline axles. At the front of the car, factory bones were swapped for a full kugel komponents phase ii independent suspension, which features billet qa-1 coil-over-shocks. At the back of the car, a custom 4-link set-up hangs a second set of billet qa-1s under a '70 ford torino sway bar. The hemi's power is kept in check by 10-inch wilwood discs and power-assisted ssbc calipers. Exhaust exits through custom, powder-coated pipes, which, balanced on custom connecting rod hangers, center polished, glasspack-style mufflers in front of polished stainless tips. And everything rolls on metallic wheel vintiques gennies, which spin wide toyo whitewalls around stainless trim rings and custom center caps. All that first class hardware is framed in solid, gloss black floors. And choice finishing components include: stainless fluid lines, a polished starter, a polished brake booster, a 20-gallon rock valley fuel tank and quality wilwood brake proportioning. And since this particular surgeon had already participated in the detroit autorama in years past, a lack of inspiration was not an issue. He had a vision, and he made sure to see that vision through even if it meant doing things more than once. For starters, the car's professionally finessed body is coated in custom ppg orange metallic 2-stage that was mixed and sprayed twice. At the front of that pigment, a polished bullnose, which took three different mock-ups, shades a dressed grille that's framed by pinstriped headlights and a polished bumper. Behind that grille, a custom clamshell hood aligns vented side panels that have been discretely tailored to the big hemi engine. Below those panels, polished speaker grilles lead bold fenders that are fashioned around smoothed running boards. At the back of those boards, a second polished bumper frames a polished fuel filler and blue dot taillights. And the top of the car, well, that's where the bulk of the modification happened. See, the builder wanted to lower the center bow of the roof by roughly three inches, and it took several iterations of the custom cloth top to accomplish that. In front of that top, a tinted windshield sprouts custom mirrors from a polished frame. Supplied by garrett leather, the car's cushy glide bench and fun rumble seat mix first-rate comfort with first-rate style. Those thrones surf cinnamon german weave carpet, which floats piped and color-keyed mats under a polished e-brake, billet foot pedals, a polished fire extinguisher and a long lokar shifter. In front of that shifter, a custom bird's eye maple dash hangs united speedometer telemetry next to a locking glovebox and modern pioneer audio. Custom leather side panels flow to a custom leather convertible cowl. Behind the scenes, modern wiring complements quality dynamat insulation. And the driver commands a custom banjo steering wheel, which spins a bird's eye maple rim between an orange-tinged, "v8" branded hub and an old school knee knocker tach. Here's a short list of the car's major accolades.
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