Sometimes there just is no substitute for being in the right place at the right time; or in this case being in the right place all the time. Tami Steindorf’s family had a neighbor who had this ’37 Ford Fordor in his garage for what seemed like forever. In fact, it hadn’t been driven since 1956. Far too often, cars stashed away like this just rot away over time waiting for whoever owns them to finally get started on the restoration they always keep talking about. But this one was stashed in a garage where it aged very well.
Tami’s dad was finally able to talk his neighbor out of his Ford for $1500. It was basically in original condition but not running at the time. Dad’s plan was to return it to original including its flathead V8. He even had started collecting some of the needed parts but unfortunately passed away before he was able to start the project. Tami inherited the ’37 in 1994 but at that time did not have the means to work on it.
She kept it safe though and now years later with her husband Scott they finally were able to bring her dad’s dream to life by having the full restoration completed at MCR. Tami and Scott did depart from her dad’s original dream in that, though they kept the car original in style, they intend to road trip it often so a lot of modern tech was added to the classic style.
Number one on the list was the engine. As cool as flatheads are they are not the best choice for extended road trips. An LS variation was suggested by Scott’s dad but MCR thought that a Ford Coyote crate engine would be a better choice. Tami and Scott agreed.
1937 Ford suspension and brakes also wouldn’t do for over the road travels so the frame along with the suspension at both ends was upgraded with modern components. Wilwood brakes at all four corners will finish the modern car feel. Since the Steindorf’s live in Florida, Vintage Air A/C was a must add to the interior.
So often hot rod and classic car projects are built to drive but then rarely if ever leave their local area so it’s refreshing to learn that this couple intends to pack their bags, get out of town and fully enjoy the dream that Tami’s dad never got to experience.
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