1931 Ford Street Rod
There are various theories about the origin of the term "Hot Rod". The common theme is that "hot" related to "hotting up" a car, which means modifying it for greater performance. One theory is that "rod" means roadster, a lightweight 2-door car which was often used as the basis for early Hot Rods. Another theory is that "rod" refers to camshaft, a part of the engine which was often upgraded in order to increase power output. In the early days, a car modified for increased performance was called a "gow job". This term morphed into the hot rod in the early to middle 1950's.
For consignment an original Hot Rod, meaning that our consigner picked up this car in very poor shape back in 1953, and its then 15 year old owner and a few friends pushed it 10 blocks to a secret location to rebuild it, because the owners father would not have approved! The difference from todays “Hot Rods” is this car has had every part handmade and fabricated from scratch, because back in those days' parts were not growing on trees. Hence the word original…
All steel body and chassis here kids, with extensive body modifications made to improve the unity of the “look”. The body is channeled, (lowered over the frame) the fenders are molded into the body, and custom front fenders turn with the front wheels. Paint is bathing this car in Aquamarine and is still beautiful with no orange peel and is highly polished. A few chips are noted on the passenger's side door, but otherwise exterior is unremarkable as to paint condition. Chrome is all excellent, no pitting, no dulling, no dimpling. The roof structure is of original design with wood structure covered in white vinyl matching the interior. It is well fitted, and nice and tight. 56 Ford spun to a point chromed wheel covers, wrapped in wide whites are just cooler than a pack of cigarettes wrapped into a t-shirt sleeve, a rolled cuffed pair of jeans, a leather jacket, and greased hair combed into a DA all together.
Just like vanilla ice cream, the white tuck and roll interior is sweet as can be. Front this vinyl with an Aquamarine dash, a chromed 3-spoke steering wheel, and long shifter making its way upward from turquoise carpeting, and topped with a chrome knob, it's like adding sprinkles to your cone. A pristine tuck and roll headliner also in white has no runs drips or errors and is tight to the ceiling.
In a seldom seen white painted block, this big Caddy engine with its chromed, and white bolt ons is just yummy within the Aquamarine engine bay. Yes, that healthy mill is a 331ci bored to a 337 with an Isky adjustable arm and Isky Q-900 Cam (that will get you up to speed). Topping this engine, and peeking through the hood, are 6 Stromberg 97's on an Edelbrock CA 6 Manifold, which can feed enough fossils and O2 to produce a whopping 220hp. A '37 LaSalle Tranny pushes power rearward to a '40 Ford 3:78 rear. See I told you it was a custom build.
A Model A frame that has been Z'd 6”, channeled 6” and a suicide front end give this eye candy structure. 46 Ford spindles, a dropped I-beam axle, and front shocks by Columbus Luxury Ride give one smooth ride, for that smoooooth operator…uh driver!
A true hot rodding custom built from whatever you could find or make to go racing, and a great story of a young man who put his skills and knowledge to the test and came up with this UNIQUE final product. Aquamarine exterior is the mint, the interior and block are the vanilla, and the power, and chrome is the chocolate chip. Give me a lick and give the car next to you a licking!