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1946 Ford

1946FordThe public was eager for new cars in 1946, so Ford gave them what they wanted plus more. Ford buyers were given a sturdy car with youthful styling and smooth riding at a price they could afford. With new beauty and improved economy, the '46 Ford was available in two body types, which were the Super De Luxe and the De Luxe. Available in the notably refined Super De Luxe body type were the Fordor Sedan, the Tudor Sedan, the Coupe, the Sedan Coupe, the Convertible Club Coupe, and the Station Wagon. The beautiful De Luxe body types included the Tudor Sedan, the Fordor Sedan, and the Coupe.

1946FordThe 1946 Fordor Sedan, big inside and out, appealed to consumers who wanted a big car value for a low price. The Fordor Sedan not only offered passengers comfort on the spacious inside, but this Ford also had a wide, sweeping rear deck, a massive front end, and a low, wide body. Extra features on the Fordor Sedan were foot rests and a robe cord. Ford also addressed new safety concerns adding safety glass, oversized hydraulic brakes, and a welded steel body. Entering or exiting the rear seat was easy for the passengers with the divided seat backs that rotated inward. One of the most popular 1946 Ford body styles was the Sedan Coupe. This vehicle, with an extra-large luggage compartment, was popular among the consumers for both pleasure and business. Plenty of room for sample cases or suitcases was provided in the spacious rear deck. Professionals and business people enjoyed the versatile and compact 1946 Ford Coupe. The Coupe provided extra space for packages or luggage behind the front seat and beneath the rear deck. Three people could fit in the big front seat comfortably.

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For a quick get-a-way with handling ease and flexibility, the consumer chose the Convertible Club Coupe. The beautiful interior of this model was finished in red, blue, or golden tan genuine leather. The side windows gave the rear seat passengers more visibility, and everyone enjoyed the Motor-Lift Top that could be raised or lowered with the touch of a button, which was located on the dash.

1946FordThe 1946 Ford Station Wagon was known as the car that really got around. With its eight-passenger capacity, this model came in handy for large groups or families. By removing the center and rear seats, the Station Wagon could easily be used for hauling. The beauty of the Wagon was brought out by the golden tan genuine leather upholstered interior and the selected maple with gumwood or birch paneling on the body.

1946FordThe consumer had a choice of two great engines on their new 1946 Ford. These were the spirited 100-horsepower V-8 engine with a higher capacity oil pump, an improved manifold, and new valve cooling and the 90-horsepower modern Six engine with new manifolding and new valve cooling. The 1946 Ford backed up Ford's policy of building a car that would deliver good service at a low cost. This is why all Ford owners were so enthusiastic about this year’s models.

This 46 Ford has been changed quite a bit from how it was originally ordered from the factory. The customer wanted something that was different and specific to his vehicle. The car had been equipped with a 350 ci small block Chevy, a Turbo 350 transmission and front disc brakes during a previous build and was in excellent running condition so no changes were to be made with the running gear. We discussed the modifications and began with a basic plan. The seams on the two piece front fenders were welded and body-worked to make a seamless one piece fender and the headlights were frenched in. Being the headlights were changed the customer also wanted to have the tail lights changed. The tail lights had been altered during the previous build on the vehicle so the plan was to remove the old tail lights welding the old holes closed. At this point we were able to situate the new LED, flush mount tail lights exactly where we wanted them. The holes were cut and the lights were test fit.

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As work progressed other issues like door gaps and fit and finish were addressed. This vehicle is "driven" by the owner and one of his concerns was that each and every time he got stuck in the rain, when he tried to exit the car he would get very wet. The original drip rails had been removed so new drip rails had to be fabricated. Once all the bodywork had been finished the customer chose a two tone paint scheme with flames. The paint was laid on and cleared then prepped for the flames. Once the flames were done the car was cleared once again. Once all the paint and body work was completed, a new set of Cragar SS wheels were ordered and installed to complete the package.

 

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