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So I buy this old 1936 Ford Cabriolet custom out of a garage falling down...UPDATED!!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Chris, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. I have know about this car for a couple years, it was not too far from my house. It is a 1936 Ford Cabriolet that has been stuck in this old garage for the better part of 40 years. The owner is a 87 year old man who started customizing it in the late 40's. He had sectioned it then and it probably looked pretty sharp. In 1951 he began "updating" the car widening the fenders and trying to make it look "Porsche" like. He got it about half done and stopped. It came with the stock front fenders and lights. He has a custom built nose for it that I have not gotten yet. In the 1951 pics below you can see it has that custom nose on it then.

    This car is wierd. You first look at it and see a wreck. But you really start looking it. The chassis is a stock and very very nice 1936 frame with hydraulic brakes. The cowl (aside from sectioning) is also very nice. the floor is also very nice. The seat frame is in excellent shape. He says he has the interior, full top and side window frames that I need to get later...he said they were too burried to get now even though I tried. The stock rear fenders are mostly under the "new" quarters. With a shitty 5W body you could save this car either stock or keep it sectioned. I happen to know a guy with a beat 5W body :D

    I dunno what I'm going to do with it. I also found out today that my daily driver has blown head gaskets, and I need to get another car before winter hits. So it may go down the road, time will tell. Anyways, here she is coming out of the shit hole we found her in. Yes, I am crazy.

    I will post new pics of it in a couple days after I clean it out.

    This is it long ago. He let me barrow the pics. Note the plate is a Spokane plate and dated 1951. You can see it was sectioned, and is in the middle of getting the sides "modified"



    This is it when he bought it. What a bitchin car!!!


    And tonight. What a rough life she has had.










    Last edited: Oct 28, 2011
  2. Okie Pete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2008
    Posts: 2,553

    Okie Pete

    Great save. Its yours yeeaa.
  3. Harms Way
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 6,797

    Harms Way

    How about some better pictures in the daylight after it's home ?,....
    And Congratulations !
  4. kidzintha34fodor
    Joined: Feb 12, 2009
    Posts: 403


    Chris, you dog!!! Don't send it down the road until I can take a look at it in person!!! I'll be over soon! Which rig lost the head gaskets?
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  5. I will, gotta get it cleaned out first! The work done to it is pretty nice!
  6. You stacking 'em up like cord wood yet?

  7. Subaru. Cars not worth pulling the engine, putting a timing set (it needs bad) and head gaskets in to me. Come over and check this thing out, I need a new winter beater!
  8. stude_trucks
    Joined: Sep 13, 2007
    Posts: 4,755


    Looked pretty sharp in those old photos. Hopefully someone, if not yourself, can get it back to glory soon.

    Fixing the head gasket on the daily might be a quicker project though. Might want to just tackle that first even if just a crap Subaru. :D
  9. kidzintha34fodor
    Joined: Feb 12, 2009
    Posts: 403


    Does it need to be a four wheel drive? How about a rabit pick-up?
  10. stude_trucks
    Joined: Sep 13, 2007
    Posts: 4,755


    Looks like it has a different rear bumper on it now.
  11. heyitsnate
    Joined: Apr 8, 2004
    Posts: 1,572

    from tacoma,wa

    Absolute insanity. thats the most bittersweet awesome/scary find ever!
  12. resqd37Zep
    Joined: Aug 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,216

    from Nor Cal

    The car looks great considering it's been tucked away all those years. Thats a 49 Buick rear bumper on there. I just tracked one down for my current project.
  13. OH man that last pic is just a tease...........! Cool score!
  14. It's a one day swap if you got a JDM pull out.....

    edit: though now that I think of it, if it is anything like my uncle who lives in Idaho's winter Subaru.... it's probably not worth it....
  15. madpole
    Joined: Apr 9, 2007
    Posts: 630


    interesting old custom. looking forward to seeing more pictures!! cool to think it may get back on the road one day!
  16. jadeidol
    Joined: Jul 21, 2007
    Posts: 263

    from spokane

    That's not a Porsche

  17. Oh I know...I could do it but dunno if a totaled 98 outback with 200,000 miles is worth a 300.00 timing kit, probably a clutch, head gaskets and who knows what else. I rely on that car and I don't wanna just band aid it...I have wanted to get a newer one for a couple years that maybe it's time to ugrade :D
  18. GaryC.
    Joined: Mar 24, 2007
    Posts: 1,486


    This looks very interesting.
    Good find and good luck!
    Here's a brightened image of the last photo.

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  19. Dirty Dug
    Joined: Jan 11, 2003
    Posts: 3,385

    Dirty Dug

    I think I'm in love. That's awesome, what a find.
  20. Boones
    Joined: Mar 4, 2001
    Posts: 9,539

    from Kent, Wa

    put some all wheel drive susp under the 36 and roll it.... who needs a subaru..
  21. THE_DUDE
    Joined: Aug 22, 2009
    Posts: 2,603


    Dude. That car parked in front of the door would have scared me away.
  22. shooter54
    Joined: Apr 25, 2006
    Posts: 5,037


    Chris - what the hell? How do you continue to find so many badass old cars? This thing looks neat! Since you seem to know where everything is up there, keep me in mind when you happen across a 36 3 window, or a willys pickup or coupe (37-42)


    Last edited: Oct 18, 2011
  23. desotot
    Joined: Jan 29, 2008
    Posts: 1,645


    I covet your 36.

  24. Thats a 59 vette.....

  25. WHHAAAAAAATTTT...........

    wow, you still continue to find great stuff.
  26. hotrod-40
    Joined: Mar 25, 2008
    Posts: 840


    That is still just laying there.
  27. Dynaflash_8
    Joined: Sep 24, 2008
    Posts: 3,009

    from Auburn WA

    no way in hell is that a GM product, especially a 59' vette. I was thinkin late 60s mopar.

  28. Who care about a Vette when there's a 36 Ford behind it!!

    Joined: Dec 16, 2007
    Posts: 440


    Awesome find! Congrats!

    A Subaru with bad head gaskets (2.5L)....naw, never:rolleyes:
  30. wow, the guy has some history with some odd customs.

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