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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. clubcoupe37
    Joined: Feb 8, 2009
    Posts: 504


    I'm partial to '37s. they did make a very small roadster production of 1, to have one!

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  2. clubcoupe37
    Joined: Feb 8, 2009
    Posts: 504


    sorry about the pic, but here is a pic of a '37 roadster ad that was in the brochure that came out in '37. love to find one of these in a old barn somewhere.

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  3. Jim Bouchard
    Joined: Mar 2, 2011
    Posts: 640

    Jim Bouchard

    Take a lesson kids, These ol boys know what they are talking about.
    Right on with the history guys! Danny Brent WAS the man behind making the 37 so popular. Hell, he polluted my brain on 37 Fords back then. My Dad was from San Diego too and his first real Hot Rod was titian red 37 coupe, flatty V8, dago axle, steelies and caps and straight pipes. 1957.
  4. edwardlloyd
    Joined: Aug 2, 2003
    Posts: 2,067

    from Germany

    Come on. It's 2012 now. The youngest early V8 is 64 years old now, and the oldest is 80. The rules of 40 years ago simply do not apply any more. Cherry original bodies like the coupe this thread is all about are few and far between. Being choosey about which year is really going too far. Some years and body styles lend themselves better to rodding than others. All are great restored or mildly rodded. If that '37 coupe were restored with a late model hot flathead, 39 transmission and hydraulic brakes. Lower the suspension and you've got a great old car for about $15K. Try building a '32 or '40 for that much.
  5. michael037
    Joined: May 26, 2005
    Posts: 320


    I wish my coupe body was in as good a condition as that one for sale, and just the same, I wish that my coupe ute body was in as good a condition as the one shown a couple of pages back.
  6. I flat out love all 37 Fords, especially the big window Opera Coupes.
  7. Baron
    Joined: Aug 13, 2004
    Posts: 3,542


    A friend of mine (not a Hot Rodder) sent me an ad for a Minotti bodied 37 for sale and asked me what I thought. I replied they were well built cars, but certainly not my style of car. When I sent the email back, I realized I don't have many pictures of 37 Fords saved. So I found this link last night to see what was posted here. Not many pictures. So,here are a couple more local 37's .
    Ed Welch’s 427 SOHC , (Injected Cammer Motor)
    Alfin’s 37 Coupe (one of his "daily driver's" ) sporting it’s original paint, interior, etc.
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  8. Ianjaylights
    Joined: Jan 20, 2012
    Posts: 65


    I've always liked the 37 coupes and it seems like it's hard to find ones these days that aren't painted turquoise with tweed interior. A friend of mine that passed away had one and I really wanted to buy it but didn't have the cash at the time
  9. Gasserfreak
    Joined: Aug 31, 2004
    Posts: 1,340

    from Yuma, AZ

    Here's one I found, not my style, but it fixes the one thing I hate about 37 Fords.

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  10. fuel pump
    Joined: Nov 4, 2001
    Posts: 3,620

    fuel pump
    from Caro,MI

    I love 37s. Here is my old one. Its now owned by HAMber in San Francisco. [​IMG]
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  11. seabeecmc
    Joined: Jan 28, 2005
    Posts: 1,028


    Nicest I've ever seen. Ron

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  12. 1951Streamliner
    Joined: May 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,875

    from Reno, NV

  13. Jim Bouchard
    Joined: Mar 2, 2011
    Posts: 640

    Jim Bouchard

    To me, this one has got the look! This is how 37's should be set up.
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  14. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,906

    need louvers ?

    Who you callin' an "old boy" there Jimmy! I'm your age! But I did grow up in this stuff too, just like you did... So I will take that aa a major compliment!!! I'm kidding of course!
  15. Jim Bouchard
    Joined: Mar 2, 2011
    Posts: 640

    Jim Bouchard

    I said ol-not old. I am your friend, remember. Ha-ha
  16. Back when I was in school yet Ford coupes and sedans from '35 to 39 were deemed not neat hot rod material, we were wrong. In the upper midwest, at least, tail-draggers and thirties customs were hardly ever seen. "Lead sleds were almost always Mercs.
  17. My favorite 37 coupe.. Ryan Reeds


    I just stole this picture


    I seen this thing on the street, in Pomona... amazing car! And the Halibrands are beautiful! Spindle mounts
  18. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,033

    from California

    a guy in my drafting class in high school had a nice 37 HOT ROD coupe. the day after the "California Kid" came out some numb nut comes up to him and says the CA Kid was exactly like his 37. then he began arguing with him when he said they were different.

    so if civillians think they look like 34 Fords, they can't be considered ugly.
  19. Spike!
    Joined: Nov 22, 2001
    Posts: 2,733


    They just started growing on me more in the past few years..Big John's car is just amazing to look at, and really was a key car to changing my mind about 37's. Kind of like Clark's Sport Coupe..never really liked them until I saw one done right. even still, they don't hit me the way a 33-36 does..or a 39/40 Merc or Ford does..but they have moved up from totally un-desirable in my book..

  20. inkstain27
    Joined: Feb 8, 2006
    Posts: 500


    Took the words right out of my mouth, I would love to have a slant back.
  21. Yeah Ryan's car is the perfect example of a "hot rod" 37 and I can vouch for its speed and handling. Great car. But custom wise this does it for me...

    Taking the hamb to the streets ;)

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  22. Unbelievable.. that is an instant classic! Wow

  23. 55delray
    Joined: Dec 9, 2010
    Posts: 145

    from Florida

    I never really looked closely at these cars until this thread because the 39-40 is so often done right. But .... I would think that the 37 could be made wicked with a roof chop and a narrowed rear end with a BBC out of a station wagon.
  24. I've always liked this year model. I'd love to have one.
  25. onekoolkat1950
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,864


    i perfer the nose on a 37 over 38 39 and 40 grill and front clip.smooth and clean.
  26. luvsjunkalot
    Joined: Dec 24, 2011
    Posts: 56


    my Dad raced one himself .. I can't get the pic , to upload .. ???
  27. HotRodHon
    Joined: Jun 29, 2004
    Posts: 1,424


    And here is how it looks now . . .

    QUOTE=fuel pump;7374041]I love 37s. Here is my old one. Its now owned by HAMber in San Francisco. [/QUOTE]
  28. Baron
    Joined: Aug 13, 2004
    Posts: 3,542


    Maybe it's my age, but I'm liking these Club Coupes (a lot!) I remember 25 years ago thinking how ugly that roof line was. Now I like it. :rolleyes:
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  29. I like 37s!!!! But I ALSO love Boston Terriers!
  30. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,985

    Member Emeritus

    As this is such an old thread we (as in my wife) is now the owner of a '37 humpback 2dr. At the time this thread was in it's prime I was starting the build of a '40 Coupe for her. My friend ,who builds high end hot rods, had one of his earlier builds come up for sale. As it was built for a woman and painted two tone red/black w/grey leather interior it gave off a kinda feminine vibe. She took one look, had to have it and the '40 went up for sale the next day. When Mama is happy, everyone is happy.:) I have to admit it IS more comfortable on long trips than the '32. It should with independent front suspension, but with the heat,air, and auto it is a car more suited for her tastes.


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