For Sale: 1951 Ford Custom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Vehicle Description

1951 Ford Custom Sedan

For Ford's first introduction after WW2 they rolled out the commonly referred to shoebox design, a slab sided, pontooned car with its frowning chrome grille with the single bullet and Ford crest, which would appear throughout the 1950's on numerous Fords. Their new streamlined design with its integrated fenders and more would usher in the modern streamlined design and beat the other "Big Two" to the punch. This would help satisfy the voracious appetite for something new in the post war recovering country and make Ford a wildly profitable company.

Approaching this car it's difficult not to be taken in by its sleek design, nice paint, and overall good looks. This 1951 4 door has great chome,redone suspension and was the winner of 2 rather large trophies at the Ocean City, MD Endless Summer car shows. A beautiful interior, all new Ron Francis wiring, lowered look, and very smooth-running Flathead V8, this is a standout in our halls, and is priced right to move out of said halls...quickly!

Exterior
Bathed in deep dark black paint, these rounded fenders, roofline, and chromed grille, all present very well. Just a few small spots of some bubbling and chipping of the paint are seen, but nothing to detract from the overall beauty. Chrome is near perfect, and up front we catch the twin dagmar center grille with the pinstripe highlighted Ford crest above and simple chrome bumper below. The design flows to the fenders with chrome bezel single headlights within rounded integrated fenders where the beginnings of a trim spear are seen. From here the spear flows rearward below the belt line above the rockers, and above are nice handles, a round side view mirror, real deal Appleton S-552 spotlights, and locks for the doors fully functioning. Another set of doors are aft, and then we move rearward to the rounded rear fenders with a small bump out which eventually ends in the horizontal opposing blue dot oval tail lights. Below is another fine bumper, and on the big round trunk lid is another Ford crest with a chrome framed license plate light fixture and more pinstriping. The roof is near perfect and surrounding the confines of the passenger compartment are chrome trimmed windows in keeping with the aero design. Smooth chromed dog dish wheel covers are wrapped by wide whites on all 4 corners and have body matching powder coated steel wheels peeking out from underneath the dog dishes.

Interior
Very soft supple key lime vinyl with some stitching and square texture is abundant on the front and rear benches and covers the original upholstery. Door panels are smooth ivory vinyl with a touch of tan marbling as well as shiny handles and cranks and a painted upper sill. Feasting our eyes on the beautifully restored metal dash it keeps all its original charm with a single round gauge in front of the original steering wheel fashioned from bakelite and on a simple metal column. Plenty of knobs and pulls made from more bakelite in black are fashioned within a chrome mesh insert. This mesh runs through the center of the dash with more black pulls, a clock and the factory AM radio. Below the dash right next to the steering wheel is a nicely restored temp/fan controller and in the center bottom resides a foursome of Mooneyes gauges. Beautiful black carpet floods the floors, and above is a slightly sagged marbled ivory vinyl headliner.

Drivetrain
A lift of the Ford crested hood, and we have revealed to us the original rebuilt 239ci flathead V8 topped with higher compression EAB heads. The block is shown in blazing red and is topped by a pair of rebuilt Holley 94 2-barrel carburetors on an Edelbrock intake manifold. On the back is an original to this car 3-speed manual transmission with overdrive which pushes power rearward to a Ford 9" rear axle. We note the upgrade to a 12 volt electrical system and a Mallory Unilite distributor and all looking good under the hood.

Undercarriage
Showing some surface rust on the frame although it remains sound and tight to support the undercoated and solid floor pans. The rockers remain solid as well and mix nicely with the factory frame. Drum brakes with a new master cylinder, wheel cylinders and hardware are seen all around, as well as independent coil springs for the front suspension with 4.5" total of lowering thanks to Moog coil springs (2" drop), Monroe Sensa-trac shocks, and Fatman 2.5 drop spindles. Fatman dropped steering arms, and a Jamco heavy duty swaybarare also on. In the rear are Jamco 3" drop leaf springs and 3" steel lowering blocks and Jamco shocks. Red's stainless steel headers with Smithy mufflers and dual exhaust are on for the exhale and end in chrome pencil tips. Our consignor states that all the seals in the suspension were replaces and the bearings serviced with Mobile-1 synthetic grease.

Drive-Ability
Simply put a pleasure to drive, it fired right up with little coaxing, and ran like a dream through our test track. Smooth acceleration, bias free braking that worked very well, and good handling for a turn of the 5th decade car. All functions were working save for the brake lights, heater blower and radio, and the smooth vinyl seats were very comfortable.

A wonderful restoration of the 1951 4 door from Ford. A walk around and you too will be impressed with its nice paint, wonderful interior, and drivetrain that is all buttoned up. Start re-enjoying Sunday drives to car shows, where you can turn heads, win awards, and just have a great time hanging out with the like-minded.

B1RH113730

B-V8
1-1951
RH-Richmond, CA Assy Plant
113730-Sequential Unit Number

Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 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.

Vehicle Details

  • 1951 Ford Custom
  • Listing ID: CC-1668893
  • Price: $15,500
  • Location:Morgantown, Pennsylvania
  • Year:1951
  • Make:Ford
  • Model:Custom
  • Exterior Color:Black
  • Interior Color:Light Green
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:11897
  • Stock Number:4490
  • VIN:B1RH113730
Listed By:
Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Rd.
Morgantown, PA 19543

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