There is just something about the early 30's Fords that will never
get old. These follow ups to the Model A were quite popular in
their day but were revitalized later in life as we entered the 40s,
50s, 60s becoming the go to classic for the hot rodding era. In
addition to their already unique look the custom car world grabbed
on to them making them on of the most popular style of street rods
on the road. This led to the creation of fiberglass bodies which
allowed more cars to be built but also made the steel original
bodies just that much more sought after and rare. In 34, the look
was still similar to previous years but the laid back hood and wide
swooping fenders added a touch of luxury to the already nice look
cars. The 34 you see here is a very clean example of one of these
cars and known as a Cabriolet. It was completed in 2018 and built
by a good friend who is keeping the hotrodding dream alive. He
always seems to marry the perfect touch of originality with some
upgrading to make them much more streetable. The steel body is in
excellent shape and sits on a fully boxed frame. Bob Drake
vulcanized running boards have been added. The paint was laid down
by a very high end painter in the area that is known for his top
shelf work. He doesn't have a giant collision business where he
will work on any old car. He instead takes on very limited projects
at a time and has a long waiting list of people waiting for him to
spray their car. He laid down very nice looking Vinyard Green paint
which is an original Ford color. It is without a doubt way nicer
than the paint the car wore originally. All of the chrome/stainless
pieces are in great shape and we are glad to see them in places.
There was a time when removing bumpers and painting chrome was a
popular look but that has changed as more people are favoring the
original stylings. The beige retractable top gives a nice contrast
to the Green paint and being a Cabriolet the car does have the
built in side windows. The car still has a working cowl vent and is
an original rumble seat car. The rumble seat has been removed in
exchange for storage space but the original seat bottom does come
with it. The car rides on original 1934 large spoke combo wheels
which are painted to match and feature V8 center caps.
Despite its original looks on the outside the drivetrain has been
totally redone. It is now powered by a 305 TPI firebird motor that
runs great. The firewall has been smoothed, modified and painted
making the motor look right at home. A Walker radiator is mounted
up front keeping the car running nice and cool. Backing the motor
is a 700R4 automatic transmission and a 9 inch Ford Lincoln
Versailles rear end with 2:90 gears. With this rear end swap comes
disc brakes in back and a Mustang II front end was added also with
discs. The suspension in back is parallel leaf springs. The car
runs down the road very well combining a vintage original look with
some modern reliability.
The interior upholstery, carpet, bench seat, and door panels were
entirely redone by Keith Kirk Upholstery here in Texas. It is a
dark Brown color and in great shape. A custom center console was
built to provide cup holders, storage and to house the floor
shifter. The dash has the original style wood grain aesthetic.
After market gauges plus a tachometer were added with the only
thing not working being the vintage 150 mph speedometer which isn't
connected. Outside of that everything is working correctly. In
front of the driver sits a Banjo steering wheel fitted with a
This cool Cabriolet has a great look and runs out much nicer than
new. Vintage original steel isn't as available as it once was
making cars like this classic much tougher to come by.
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