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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by J.Ukrop, Dec 15, 2017.
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The Family Heirloom
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Your correct, the '37 is not seen much these days. I guess the '39-'40's were considered more attractive back in the days when these cars could be had inexpensively. Also many were used up on circle tracks. But, in my opinion, the beautiful Art-Deco style of the grill and headlight treatment makes it one of the most attractive cars of that era.
My grandfather had one too. Always been one of my favorites.
Looks like they were the ideal grandfather's car. A couple days after being born, I rode home from the hospital in my grampa's 4 door.
there was a guy at my high school who had a brown 37 coupe. when "California Kid" was on TV another guy in class was telling him he saw the movie last night and the car was exactly like his.
I would be happy to have that heirloom in the garage ....
Very nice Joey.Thanks for posting.Nice to know that he still has that sweet car.
Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
When I read Joey's TJJ Blog this morning, the first car I thought of was Donny Labon's brown '37 Coupe.
I know Donny is still very active in drag boat racing (with his "HYDRO-PHOBIA" Top Alcohol Flatbottom) ... but always wondered what became of his '37 ... I'm guessing it's no longer in the family
LOL ... at least the kid didn't call it a "dune buggy"
From the San Diego Prowlers Hot Rod Club website:
It seem if memory serves me correctly, 37s were all over the place in the 80s
6inarow is right. '37's became popular in the mid 1980's and are still popular today. Until then they were called Fords ugly duckling and very few restorers had any interest in them. It took hot rodders lowering them to bring out the great lines of these cars. I think everyone would agree they didn't look that good sitting a foot or more off the ground. At a car show recently an older man asked me what my '37 was worth before I ruined it. I told him about half what is now. Probably not what he wanted to hear.
I don't post much; I don't really have any cars 'hamb friendly' - I haven't even logged on or posted in a year or two; I had to dig through the memory banks to get password etc, anyways I love these 37's - always have since as a teenager I saw an article in 'Custom Car' Magazine ( a UK mag) which I bought documenting an chap's longwinded importation of a 5 window 37 from the states; a 'built car - cherry red with spoked wheels; the story as I remember it is that it took ages to clear the customs n they smashed all the taillights, looking for drugs or whatever - anyways he finished/made good the car n it was featured in the mag.... I looked at that feature over n over in the mag for many years; such a perfect shape n stance... I cannot understand the 'aversion' to the 37 shape- even in sedan form they are beautiful; I love the fender mounted teardrop style bubble headlamps, n grille treatement... I cant get the preference for the 36's over these... these have far superior 'symetry' IMO
A 37 three window would be very cool
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Dick Flynn 37 Coupe, built in the 50’s.
Covered by Rod & Custom, Hot Rod, Custom Car magazines in 1960/61...
SURVIVOR! Happy and grateful that it lives in my garage...
Always a favorite of mine. Never understood the dislike for the '37 because (at least to me) the frontal design just flat out works. This car is an example that it doesn't take much to make them a sweet little runner. Thanks Joey and have a Merry Christmas.
Here is a Good Original.
I don't profess to know if these are Ford's and/or Chevy's, but, they are part of the culture known as "The Coupes" during the 1969 Figure-8 racing season at Ascot Park Gardena.
So cool that it's still around. Also, that has to be one of the earliest vanity plates I've ever seen.
I have wondered the same thing. Was it really a vanity plate or just an industrious owner? In 1958, plates starting with the letter A were designated to cars registered in King County, WA which is where the car is originally from. Regardless, it’s a pretty cool detail which I have kept. Planning to show it at next year’s GNRS. Please stop by and say hello.
Back in the late 60's and early 70's when someone hot rodded a 37 Ford of any body style the sat high and had tires hanging out in the breeze and tp me they were unattractive and then a fellow club member purchased a 37 tudor flatback that was lowered with the nose down and shod in bigs & littles and the were tucked in under the fenders and my opinion changed that day.
There are several members here with great looking 37 Fords. HRP
Well, I've been told I have really good taste, and I like 'em, so there ya go.
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