For Sale: 1946 Ford Deluxe in Ft Worth, Texas

Vehicle Description

One of the things we like most about the recent "patina" and "rat rod" phenomenon is that you never know what to expect. At a glance, this 1946 Ford Deluxe Sedan looks like an old barn find, complete with pre-war styling and the requisite patina exterior, but you'd only be reading the book by its cover. Look under the hood, at the chassis, or inside the doors and you'll find beautiful workmanship and loads of modern components, highlighted by a new 4.6L V8 Jasper engine, an AOD transmission, and an uber-comfortable interior that were all designed to make this a first-rate, resto-mod cruiser that dances to a different tune.

The look of the '46 Ford is familiar to anyone that's driven through the American countryside, yet with that 2-inch lowered stance, sporty suspension, and those flashy alloys, it takes on an entirely new personality. Finished in what we'll call "Patina Black", it's rusty and weathered in an incredibly cool, consistent way and the clamshell hood, round fenders, and horizontal grille are staples of the Ford's pre-war design. That's right, this is still technically a pre-war streetrod since Ford used the 1941 design after the war until 1948, with only minor changes to the grilles and trim on some models. The result is an old-school hauler that demands attention but doesn't shout about it, and we absolutely love that a new reproduction front grille, hood trim, brightwork, and bumpers were all installed on the patina body when it was built. Looking past the 'paint', which is part the handywork of mother nature and another part the purposeful 'scrubbing-and-scuffing' of a bodyshop, you'll find all-original Henry Ford steel. And yes, it has dents, dings, and a few rusty spots, but it's still a very solid rod that's ready for the rigors of the road, with a consistent, uniform look. Doors fit well, the hood sits fairly flush, and the panels look straight, having survived decades of use and open-air preservation.

Climb behind the wheel and you'll see things feel totally different, starting with a pair of gorgeous black bench seats wrapped in beautiful, high-end vinyl upholstery. They're all-day comfortable and look practically untouched, while the matching door panels, plush tan carpets and floor mats, black headliner, and restored dash are all fresh as well and look fantastic. A leather-rimmed, banjo-style Grant steering wheel anchors the interior and feels wonderful in the hands of the driver, while the Lokar shifter that manages the automatic transmission is just a short reach away inside a custom-built center console. New Stewart Warner gauges add a period-perfect touch and mind the upgraded engine under the hood, highlighted by that large speedometer, and the builders did the interior justice by retaining that beautiful, Art Deco style clock on the right side of the dash. There's also a ton of new chrome that decorates the painted dash, including the accent trim around the AM radio (which was retained essentially just for show, although could easily be implemented into an upgraded stereo system down the road), and even the door hardware glistens to match. The entire cabin was lined with sound-deadening materials to control noise and heat, making this Ford very comfortable out on the road, and there's room for three on the rear bench, although by the looks of things no one has ventured back there as of yet. As this is a Deluxe Sedan, it comes with a very spacious trunk to accommodate travel plans, and it too was finished to a high standard with plenty of insulation, black carpets, custom black vinyl panels that match the materials inside the cabin, and a restored vintage 'Pleasure Chest' cooler that houses the relocated battery inside.

The big news under the hood is definitely big: a new 4.6L V8 Jasper engine that has approximately 400 miles on the clock and still carries a warranty from Jasper Engines & Transmissions. With modern fuel injection and performance components, it makes this Ford very responsive and plenty quick, yet it's also extremely streetable, uber-reliable, and easy to service. Computer-controlled fuel-injected power and torque means this resto-mod can get up and go with lightning-quick urgency, breathing easy through cold-air intake and attached Spectre cone air filter, and the whole show stays nice and cool thanks to the giant Champion aluminum radiator and electric fan up front. The blacked-out intake cover matches the valve covers, and the big motor is a tight fit inside the painted and detailed engine bay, yet there's still plenty of room for service access. With that being said, don't expect to need any service anytime soon, with less than 400 miles logged on the drivetrain and all-new components including a full Ron Francis wiring harness, a fresh ECM/ECU mounted under the dash (comes with an OBD port), and every sensor, line, gasket, belt, that you can think of. Jet-coated headers feed into a stainless-steel dual exhaust system with Magnaflow mufflers that sounds downright erotic. Underneath is the aforementioned 4L60E 4-speed AOD transmission, rebuilt at the same time the motor was installed, and it spins a balanced driveshaft that feeds a new 9-inch rear end, so it's an easy cruiser on the highway - something most rat rods cannot brag about. The chassis was cleaned up and painted and we could see no signs of rust to report, while this Ford's road manners are greatly improved with an upgraded suspension featuring newer shocks and springs, a 2-inch lowered stance, a modern power steering system, and 4-wheel power disc brakes. Bright Vision chrome wheels finish off the 'resto-patina-mod' look and are wrapped in 225/70/15 Cooper rubber.

'Old' on the outside, yet brand new on the inside and underneath. 'Patina' rods are all the rage these days, and few are as dialed-in and well-sorted as this '46. Call today!

Vehicle Details

  • 1946 Ford Deluxe
  • Listing ID: CC-1581388
  • Price: $23,995
  • Location:Ft Worth, Texas
  • Year:1946
  • Make:Ford
  • Model:Deluxe
  • Exterior Color:Black
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:0
  • Stock Number:5417-DFW
  • VIN:9A1100218

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