1931 Ford Street Rod
There are various theories about the origin of the term "Hot Rod".
The common theme is that "hot" related to "hotting up" a car, which
means modifying it for greater performance. One theory is that
"rod" means roadster, a lightweight 2-door car which was often used
as the basis for early Hot Rods. Another theory is that "rod"
refers to camshaft, a part of the engine which was often upgraded
in order to increase power output. In the early days, a car
modified for increased performance was called a "gow job". This
term morphed into the hot rod in the early to middle 1950's.
For consignment an original Hot Rod, meaning that our consigner
picked up this car in very poor shape back in 1953, and its then 15
year old owner and a few friends pushed it 10 blocks to a secret
location to rebuild it, because the owners father would not have
approved! The difference from todays "Hot Rods" is this car has had
every part handmade and fabricated from scratch, because back in
those days' parts were not growing on trees. Hence the word
All steel body and chassis here kids, with extensive body
modifications made to improve the unity of the "look". The body is
channeled, (lowered over the frame) the fenders are molded into the
body, and custom front fenders turn with the front wheels. Paint is
bathing this car in Aquamarine and is still beautiful with no
orange peel and is highly polished. A few chips are noted on the
passenger's side door, but otherwise exterior is unremarkable as to
paint condition. Chrome is all excellent, no pitting, no dulling,
no dimpling. The roof structure is of original design with wood
structure covered in white vinyl matching the interior. It is well
fitted, and nice and tight. 56 Ford spun to a point chromed wheel
covers, wrapped in wide whites are just cooler than a pack of
cigarettes wrapped into a t-shirt sleeve, a rolled cuffed pair of
jeans, a leather jacket, and greased hair combed into a DA all
Just like vanilla ice cream, the white tuck and roll interior is
sweet as can be. Front this vinyl with an Aquamarine dash, a
chromed 3-spoke steering wheel, and long shifter making its way
upward from turquoise carpeting, and topped with a chrome knob,
it's like adding sprinkles to your cone. A pristine tuck and roll
headliner also in white has no runs drips or errors and is tight to
In a seldom seen white painted block, this big Caddy engine with
its chromed, and white bolt ons is just yummy within the Aquamarine
engine bay. Yes, that healthy mill is a 331ci bored to a 337 with
an Isky adjustable arm and Isky Q-900 Cam (that will get you up to
speed). Topping this engine, and peeking through the hood, are 6
Stromberg 97's on an Edelbrock CA 6 Manifold, which can feed enough
fossils and O2 to produce a whopping 220hp. A '37 LaSalle Tranny
pushes power rearward to a '40 Ford 3:78 rear. See I told you it
was a custom build.
A Model A frame that has been Z'd 6", channeled 6" and a suicide
front end give this eye candy structure. 46 Ford spindles, a
dropped I-beam axle, and front shocks by Columbus Luxury Ride give
one smooth ride, for that smoooooth operator...uh driver!
A true hot rodding custom built from whatever you could find or
make to go racing, and a great story of a young man who put his
skills and knowledge to the test and came up with this UNIQUE final
product. Aquamarine exterior is the mint, the interior and block
are the vanilla, and the power, and chrome is the chocolate chip.
Give me a lick and give the car next to you a licking!
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 450 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.