The 40's was an interesting time for Ford and all car manufacturers
for that matter. With WWII underway there was a lot of
unpredictability in the industry and resources were being put
towards the war effort. What this meant for vehicles was a somewhat
freezing of time where production was put on hold and designs
didn't change. However with the arrival of 1946 production had
started to pick back up and although very similar to their 1942
ancestors the horizontal grills were introduced as well as some
other slight changes. The 1948 was the very last year for this body
style as the designs would later drastically change into the
shoebox style that would rule the 50s. The 48 you see here is a
very solid car that is in excellent condition. It has a lot of
modern features incorporated into the classic look and was built to
be reliable. It is the type of car that just feels solid. We talk
about this on a lot of cars but it is really tough to put into
words. You car guys know what we mean though. The doors shut right,
the ride feels good. It is just one of those cars that feels like
you could hop in it and go anywhere. In fact, with a shop full of
cars we are no strangers to trickle chargers, dying batteries and
that sinking feeling when you turn the ignition and an old classic
doesn't roar to life. This car was sitting in line to get
photographed and after a few weeks of not moving with no charger it
started up as if it was just parked and ready for its daily drive
around the block. It really is in nice shape throughout and we
really feel it is being listed for a very reasonable price.
The body on the car is very solid with no evidence of previous
rust, patches or any body filler. It is very straight and painted
in a nice Burgundy Red. Beige and Red pinstriping accents the nose
and deck lid giving just the right touch of custom to the mostly
stock exterior. All of the original style stainless is cleanly
mounted throughout with no pitting or issues. The only other custom
features you may note when walking around it is modern LED
Trucklite headlights and LED tail lights have been added but are in
the original bezels and the deck lid has also been shaved. These
are all very subtle features the combine perfectly with the
original styling. The car sits slightly lower than stock and looks
great with its original style steel wheels with baby moon
We get it, Chevy vs Ford has always been a thing and will continue
to be a topic of controversy. Often times when talking about the
motor we are prepared to hear from two camps. The purist who hate
anything other than matching drivetrain to the manufacturer and
then those who prefer modern performance over any brand loyalty.
Well no matter who you are it is going to be tough to critique this
aspect of the car. The drivetrain has been modernized with
performance in mind but has stayed true to being a Ford. It is now
powered by a drivetrain that you would expect to find in a Mustang
and it runs great. The 302 V8 motor starts up smoothly and has been
dressed up with classic features like a vintage chrome air cleaner
and finned valve covers. It is fitted with an Edelbrock carburetor
and an Edelbrock Performer RPM intake. The engine compartment is
nicely done with a White firewall and cleanly routed
wirings/hoses/etc. It has an Aluminum radiator which eliminates any
cooling issues in combination with mechanical and electric fans.
Paired with engine is a C4 automatic transmission and 8 inch Ford
rear end. The suspension has been gone through and now features a 3
inch drop traight axle, Posie super slide springs, parallel rear
leaf springs, and QA1 adjustable shocks on all four corners. The
steering has also been changed out for a Saginaw manual steering
box with needle bearing kinpins. The brakes are all power assisted
with discs up front and drums in rear. Other notable changes
include the Optima Battery and vacuum wipers.
Prior to the interior being finished out sound and heat barrier was
installed on the floor, roof and doors. This may seem like a small
feature but any builder will tell you it is a must and greatly
improves how it feels to ride around in the car. In front and rear
the car has its original bench seats but it has all been redone in
Burgundy leather including the headliner. On the front seat sits an
aftermarket center console for storage and cupholders. Through the
floor a tall Gennie shifter is routed and moves through the gears
smoothly. The dash is topped by a lot of its original trim but a
AM/FM/USB/Bluetooth stereo has been added as well as VDO gauges
mounted in their original bezels. The only thing not working
properly is the clock. A nice tilt column sits in front of the
driver and has a 1940 Ford steering wheel. The Vintage Air (Gen II
super) system works great and provides AC, heat and defrost. The
trunk of the car houses the battery, spare and opens via a button
on the dash.
If you are looking for classic style combined with reliability this
48 is definitely one to check out. It has a great look and is an
all around solid car.
Make it yours for $36,500.00!
NOW REDUCED DOWN TO $28,500.00!
1948 Ford Sedan
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