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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. it's not a coupe but it's a 37'! gonna try and add it to my collection and its a runner with a flathead. hasn't seen the road in 25 years.
     

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  2. temper_mental
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    37 ford coupe or sedan flat backs are in the top five of my all time favorite cars.
     
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  3. pasadenahotrod
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    37s, 38s both Standard and DeLuxe, and 39 Standard cars have always been the orphans of the Ford parade, BUT that means by coverage in magazines not builds in the "realworld". The 37 has always been a popular one for guys and gals who just like 'em or just couldn't find anything else available or affordable.
     
  4. need louvers ?
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    Magoozi, You hit that one right! Danny Brent out of San Deigo is the one that really pulled '37's into the limelight. He's always been a real quiet trendsetter. Django, that is right They made very few of them, and the windshields did not unbolt as traditional roadsters would, but there were no side windows. I didn't believe that '37 roadsters were real for years then I got to see one in the flesh. If you doubt '37's and such were considered ugly ducklings, pick up any copy of ROD&CUSTOM from the late sixties. They ran Orve Elgies '37 sedan delivery on the cover in '69 or '70, and actually recieved some hate mail! Also look at any of their VINTAGE TIN monthly sections that they ran back then, and you'll see the ambivalence towards these cars in those days. That's why so many ended their days as jalopy racers getting beat up on dirt tracks. For the record, they have always been on of my favorite body styles, although make mine a '38 standard flatback tudor.
     
  5. alfin32
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    from Essex, Ma.

    85K miles
    Orig. paint / interior
    286" Merc w/ 2 97's
    Schweet.
     

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  6. Django
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    Now THAT'S Bitchin.
     
  7. stlouisgasser
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    I'm kinda shocked about the 'lack of love' toward '37 Fords. Although my interests mainly lie in '55-and-newer hot rods, there are a few '30's-40's vehicles that really ring my bell and '37 Fords are one of 'em. I've always loved those headlights in the front fenders.......that looks great and is a very nice styling feature! Another early Ford that REALLY gets to me are 1949 Ford Club Coupes. Mmmmmm...HMMM!
     
  8. jville_hot_skater
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    i like the 4 doors better then coupes.
     
  9. Jay Ess
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    Thanks for the new desktop image!

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  10. Gotgas
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    I always thought all these new custom '35-36 Ford 3w coupe builds would look great with a '37 nose. It's more deco and flows a little better IMO. :) Probably fairly complicated to fit and transition the sheetmetal, but that's what experts are good at.
     
  11. Kiwi 4d
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    We have had this old coupe just on 25 years , got married in it , kids were squashed in the back seat in carrycots. Been through a couple of rebuilds. Now back to its original build with the blown flathead. Yet back then it was considered an ugly duckling. Now you can get yourself any style of glass body.
     

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  12. phukinartie
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  13. spiffy1937
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    Sorry for the terrible scans. The info is from "Illustrated History Of Ford". See info below.
     

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  14. BIG JOHN 37
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    the one in the pic in fatabones (Junior) reply #20 is mine, done by Junior, Clark, Scary Larry, and a host of other helpers, always thought i wanted an "A" coupe but now really glad i kept this one for 35 years, and got to drive it this year for the FIRST time! Look at the post "Big John 37 does York, and owns it!" for details - they may once have been ugly ducklings, and made great stock cars, but now they are just great HOT RODS!
     
  15. I really think they make a great rod, this ones mine. Drat..I think my bumpers are the wrong way up too. .
     

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  16. six pack to go
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    I saw one today driving down the road, cream with wire wheels, looked SWEET! The 37 looks like the offspring between a 40 Ford and a 34 Ford...hahaha!
     
  17. LOWDUG37
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    I liked mine and will get another one someday.
     

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  18. Clark
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    Dug...I got to see a nice collection of 37's this past weekend. I think he needs help!! :)
    Clark
     
  19. Mootz
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    I know this post is about coupes but anytime I think of 37 anything, this car flashes through my mind. Every year at Des Moines GG, this makes my top 5 regardless how many times I've seen it. Nebraska '37 courtesy of Malcolm:
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  20. Petejoe
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    A few more with a traditional vib


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    Heres some pictures from old movies..

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    Wanna see something cool check this out 100's of pages...

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    Movie 1968 and a transplanted rat rod?? mmm/

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    Back to now...

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    There's just something about black on black that screams old ford.
    I seen this at a Ford Meet just beautiful.

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    Heres one of mine with a little enhancement..


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  21. holeshot
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    hey jr black30...the reason they were considered ugly. well is simple- in those days a rod wasnt a rod if it had fenders. you dig! you ever see a 37 without fenders NUF SAID!!! call me pop.
     
  22. fab32
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    The old timers with a good memory (can that happen?:eek::D) will recall a guy by the name of Orv Elgie who built a '37 sedan Delivery. It was at the height of the restorod era and it a was a smashing success. After that I recall seeing more and more '37's. As noted Danny Brent did his part in furthering the '37 cause as he would come up with a new rendition almost every year for awhile.
    Also the scarsity of earlier iron also contributed to bringing the '37 to the forefront. Now any '37 in decent shape (and some not so decent) will be eagerly bought up to become part of the hot rod cause.

    Frank
     
  23. Baron
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    Love these "Ugly Ducklings".......

    1937 Ford Club Coupe 1.jpg 1937 Club Coupe.jpg
     
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  24. Baron
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  26. Gasserfreak
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    I gotta throw the Card. I opened this thing on page one just to find this thread was ancient, and better off dead.
     

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  27. I've alwase loved em. My dad bought a coupe for me when I was 4. Between him & I we have 3. 2 coupes and a 2 door hump back. I like this one that just got finished. I think it was in a recent Rodders Journal. I've also been a fan of the red one posted earlier.
     

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  28. Scumdog
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    I guess one '37 Ford gets my love - I'm building a gasser-style '37 coupe:D
     
  29. desotot
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    37 Fords get the thumbs up from me.
     

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