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Hot Rods Why don't 37 Ford coupes get any love?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by jrblack30, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. i think what really turns guys off is the first year the headlights in the fenders.
  2. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 6,958

    from Michigan

    He did say 5-window coupe, and I see nothin' wrong with that...2-door coupe has always seemed dumb to me though. I like '37 Ford coupes too.
  3. guy1unico
    Joined: Aug 30, 2006
    Posts: 944


    37 slant backs are one of my favorites. When the side cowls are removed alittle 85 horse flattie peeps through nicely / tear dropped headlights...mouse front end its the nuts!
  4. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    I think they could be really cool. I wouldn't mind if that thing was in my garage.
  5. hot rod wille
    Joined: Oct 27, 2005
    Posts: 695

    hot rod wille

    Here's my 37 coupe--bought it back in the late 70's--NOBODY wanted these things.But I always liked the ArtDeco styling--my understanding is that's why they didn't last too long--Art Deco is love or hate.

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  6. hot rod wille
    Joined: Oct 27, 2005
    Posts: 695

    hot rod wille

    Last pic screwed up---

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  7. Bass
    Joined: Jul 9, 2001
    Posts: 3,348

    from Dallas, TX

    I've wanted to do a Westergard-style custom based on a '37 Coupe for a while now....probably would work best if it started as a Club Coupe though.

    Maybe someday.
  8. bob3757
    Joined: Sep 26, 2008
    Posts: 163

    from Tigard, Or

    Here's a couple pictures of my "37 flat back. I bought it in 1979, worked on it off & on for 8 years, and finished it in 1987. It has the usual, 350 Chev, turbo 400, GM 12 bolt rearend. I've been driving it for 22 years. Bob

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  9. ironandsteele
    Joined: Apr 25, 2006
    Posts: 5,305


    ugly? i don't see that.......
    i think they are a nice looking car-love to have one.
  10. 93blazer4dr
    Joined: Aug 8, 2009
    Posts: 111


    they need a chop and sit it low
  11. MrkCat37
    Joined: Jan 15, 2009
    Posts: 62


    I love em.

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  12. Kustomline54
    Joined: Aug 15, 2009
    Posts: 468


    Shoot, now that i saw this pic i have more love for them now than ever!:D
  13. 51Gringo
    Joined: Jul 22, 2006
    Posts: 652

    from Nor Cal

    they flow nicely, just stock[​IMG]
  14. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,906

    need louvers ?

    Until about 1975 almost all cars built after '34 were not really considered street rods. '40 Fords were always the exception to that rule. As a matter of fact, alot of clubs restricted their membership to '34 and earlier. I came into this game in'77 with a '35 5window, and it was way cheap. '37's were always considered eccentricly styled and that was that. By the mid eighties "fat fendered Fords" were a full blown trend in the street rod ranks, and suddenly you could buy repro parts, chassis stuff, and all the stuff to build any of these cars. '40 were getting expensive, so other Ford models and years got scooped up and played with. By about 1987 or so the 1937 Ford was the car to have! It seemed like every body had one, most painted pink, red or turquoise. That whole trend lasted until about '91or '92 it seems. After that real swoopy wierd phantoms got everybody's attention, alot kinda based on '37&'38 Ford bodies. Afterthat came rat rods and the whole traditional thing, lot's of new deuces,etc.etc. So they kinda had their day back about twenty years ago, and just sort of got lost again in the "next big trend". That is why so many that you see today have pastel colors or weird splash graphics on them, it was just that time. Now, at the risk of upsetting som folks the 5window thing- Traditionally, the only cars that could be called "5windows" were cars that could be had as 3 windows. That means '32 through '36 Fords. Thats it! It's one of those old fashion "unwritten rules" of this game that goes back forever. And I know that using a term like '37 Ford 5 window, or model "A" 5 window in my crowd of mentors will get you laughed at to this day! It imeadiatly marks you as one of the new guys to this gig. As I said, not my rules, but just the way it has been forever.
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  15. alexelchingon
    Joined: Mar 1, 2007
    Posts: 169


    id get a 37 only if i knew for a fact that I could bolt a 36 front end to it......or maybe i should just get a 36 ford:confused:confused:
  16. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,906

    need louvers ?

    Sounds like you need a '36 Ford!!!
  17. magoozi
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 1,721

    from san diego

    They still have a large following with the Early v-8 clubs , and no they were not considerd the ugly ducklings, those where the 38´s and 39 standards, though a 39 standard makes a bitchen custom. no they did not make a 37 sedan delivery, they did make a roadster, but are extremly rare. In the early 80,s I owned a cabriolet, 2 slantbacks and a phaeton, Hot rodders never like them , except to use them for jalopy´s, they also made a club cabriolet and a club coupe, and if you ever see a 37 lincoln zepher 3 window coupe , they take a shit on a 39 Zepher. The guy responsible for making them popular with the streetrodders was Danny Brent. He is a good freind of mine and still lives in San Diego. He now builds traditional hot rods, He is also responsible for the fad of pastel colors, He is also responsible for making the 37 slantback popular, a car which I think is the pretiest of the 37´s. If anybody needs any 37,s my fellow club member Buck Rossen hoarded aboat 20 of them in all the body styles . a bare coupe body is aboat 45 hundred. He also has aboat 80 more early v-8 cars for sale. I shure wish more guys would build them and I sell model a body´s but I prefer the early v-8,s I think they are a better car.
  18. magoo
    Joined: Jun 6, 2002
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  19. MR. FORD
    Joined: Aug 29, 2005
    Posts: 1,636

    MR. FORD
    from Austin, TX

    Id take one any day of the week.
  20. I believe 37 Fords are highly sought after if im not mistaken. Popular for ... ahemm... Street Rods. :)
  21. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 10,797

    from Zoar, Ohio

    I hate em!

    That TeQuila Gold two tone paint is bad ass.

    Yea ugly as hell..

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  22. 38zephyr
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 622


    You are wrong about a few things ...

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  23. Boyd Who
    Joined: Nov 9, 2001
    Posts: 2,196

    Boyd Who

    I certainly wouldn't mind parking a '37 Ford of any body style in my driveway.
  24. retromotors
    Joined: Dec 10, 2008
    Posts: 1,045


    Might be me, might be you, but one of us has a vision problem.
  25. cvstl
    Joined: Apr 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,462

    from StL MO
    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    Me too.
  26. Django
    Joined: Nov 15, 2002
    Posts: 10,196

    from Chicago

    Here's one we are building.



  27. yblock292
    Joined: Oct 10, 2006
    Posts: 2,937


    my first hot rod, bought in 67, excellent body, merc flathead , needed brakes and some electrical work drove it my last two years in high school paid $450 for would love to have one today.
  28. VinnieCap
    Joined: Oct 30, 2007
    Posts: 322


    I agree... they are great looking. Just missed one out towards Pittsburgh, waited too long and it sold.
  29. spiffy1937
    Joined: Apr 9, 2006
    Posts: 732

    from Florida

    They made 8,948 sedan deliverys and only 1,250 roadsters in '37.
    Sorry about the bad scans!!

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    Last edited: Sep 16, 2009
  30. Django
    Joined: Nov 15, 2002
    Posts: 10,196

    from Chicago

    What book is that from? That's not a roadster, it's a cabriolet.

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