The Most Affordable Survivor Hot Rod

The Most Affordable Survivor Hot Rod

I’m always hot rod shopping, chopper shopping, and looking at listings for garages for rent. I know I’m not alone when I say that this is a daily search. I’m currently not in the market for any of those things, but it never hurts to know what’s out there.

Well, as I dreamt of my trip back to Michigan to see my family this summer, I popped on to Detroit Craigslist—just because. As I quickly went through my favorite searches, I stumbled upon something interesting: 1946 Ford Tudor Sedan Deluxe (Project) – $5,000 (Detroit)

“That can’t be right, can it?” I asked myself. But the more I read, the more I realized that this car is special. Originally hot rodded in Alabama in the 1950s or early-’60s, the Tudor seems to be fairly well-built. I was immediately drawn to the Buick nailhead linked to an early Ford three-speed via an Offenhauser adaptor, as well as the heavy duty suspension and custom red and black interior. Oh, and how about that red paint? It’s perfect for a car like this.

Me being me, I love the little details like the “Getz Geared” waterslide decal and the way the shifter has been bent to clear the dash. It runs, drives, (somewhat) stops, and it has a title. And it’s only $5,000? This could be the most affordable early Ford on the market. It’s been for sale for nine days, and I’m really surprised it hasn’t sold yet.

Last night, I was sitting on the tire of my roadster as I told my brother about the car over the phone. “Should I buy it?” he asked. “If we had the space, I would,” I replied. The fact of the matter is that neither of us have the space for a car like this. Knowing what I know now, I mentally went through the checklist to bring it from “running and driving” to “roadworthy.”

  • Install one headlight
  • Service brakes
  • Disassemble/clean suspension
  • Change fluids
  • New tires

Okay, not a bad list. All the work could be done with basic tools in the home garage. I imagined the car sitting in his driveway on a warm Michigan summer night. We would keep everything the same, except for a set of black 16-inch steelies with high-dome beanies and wide whitewalls. We would eventually swap the four barrel for a 3×2 setup. Aside from that, the car would live on as the survivor hot rod it is.

So, the questions is, who is going to buy it?

Joey Ukrop

For more photos, and some videos of it running, click here

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