Drive Type: 5-speed
Model: Model A
Options: Leather Seats
Red Hook, New York, United States
You can't get much more traditional hot rod than this beautiful car. This car was recently purchased with the possible intent of swapping out the flathead for a J2 Olds or early SBC we have but it is simply too well done and this flathead runs so sweet that it makes no sense. We'll start with another car rather than messing with this one. Starting out with a very nice Canadian body that was chopped 5 inches a complete new floor was installed with the correct sills to match the 32 frame rails. The body is also using a heavily modified 37 truck grille, 38 Ford dash, passenger cowl vent and 1950 Buick tail lights. Inside is gorgeous rolled and pleated leather interior with lots of extra material for future modifications that might be desired. This interior was done by a well known and respected professional upholstery shop. This is one of the most well done A-V8 projects I have ever seen and one be hard pressed to find a nicer one. The frame begins with new 32 rails that are fully boxed, narrowed to fit the A body, have A crossmembers front and rear and a very nicely done center crossmember with lots of triangulation. Rear is a 9" posi with Dutchman axles and 3.70 gears on the A spring with ladder bars. Front is all chrome Superbell with Wilson Lincoln brakes using Buick aluminum drums and cowl steering. The engine in this beauty has got to be the sweetest sounding flathead you have ever heard. It is a .040 over 255 Merc ported, relieved, 1007B cam, new valves, springs, lifters, oil pump, etc. It employs Evans heads, Weiand tall intake, new Super 7 Strombergs, Bubbas' Chevrolet distributor, rebuilt starter and generator. Transmission is a rebuilt S10 T5 that works very well. This A also uses an Odyssey battery, an aluminum fuel tank and 16" Ford wheels, caps and trim rings. Also included is a painted, rewired and period correct heater that is that has already been modified to fit the firewall of this car. This gorgeous A starts, stops, runs, drives very well and a stack of receipts an inch thick is included along with one of the magazines the car has been featured in. A note of caution for the sake of full disclosure and complete honesty. The original 38 speedo in this car cannot be connected as the T5 is the electronic style and in order to connect to a cable the transmission must be removed and the tail shaft housing replaced with the mechanical speedo type. The drive gear is on the shaft however. The vintage tach in the dash will possibly need a control box to operate or revision to modern internals. Title is a clear and open PA title and the car is titled correctlyas a 1930 Ford.
The Ford Atlas Concept was one of the quiet success stories of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, and now Ford has given us a quick glimpse as to how that creation came to be. Designers actually combined two early sketches to build the Atlas. One, called the Bullet Train, is a futuristic, aerodynamic creation, while the other, aptly named the Locomotive, features the squared off proportions we're familiar with.
Once designers settled on the truck's proportions, they began nailing down exactly which attributes they wanted the final design to have. The Concept's notched windshield originated as a forked glass roof that seamlessly transitioned into the windscreen.
Likewise, designers wanted to fit the truck's tailgate with a storage compartment for tools and a first aid kit, but settled on the dual-purpose step/cargo cradle. Interestingly enough, the concept's active aero shutter wheels actually originated in some of the earliest sketches. Check out the photos and slides here for a closer look.
It would have been all too easy to miss the auto show debut of the 2015 Ford Mustang convertible. It was, after all, unveiled alongside its fixed-roof counterpart at the Detroit Auto Show this past January, lumping coupe and cabrio into one debut. But Ford is evidently still intent on making its new droptop stand out. The top of the Empire State Building ought to do the trick.
Automotive history buffs may recall that, 50 years ago, Ford unveiled its first Mustang convertible atop what was then the tallest building in the world, that Art Deco icon of the New York skyline. Half a century later, Ford is recreating the feat and bringing the new topless Mustang to the same observation deck on the building's 86th floor.
Getting it up there, of course, will be no easy task. While they'd usually airlift the vehicle onto the roof or lift it by crane, the spire protruding from atop the building makes approaching the narrow observation deck too dangerous, and no mobile crane can telescope the thousand-plus feet it would take to get the pony car up there.
Generally, cars get bigger and heavier as they get older. That's why it looks so ridiculous when you park a classic Mini next to a modern version. The same can be said of the Corvette, the BMW 3 Series, Porsche 911 and, of course, the Ford Taurus. In the Taurus' case, though, that size has become a liability, particularly because the big brute isn't nearly as sizable on the inside as it is on the out.
For 2016, Ford is aiming to rectify that. According to Edmunds, the 2016 Taurus will ride on a stretched and widened Ford Fusion platform. Ford is expecting this move to go a long way in trimming the Taurus' ample body fat.
"The problem with today's Taurus is that it is overweight and even the high performance SHO is not really competitive," said a source that spoke to Edmunds on condition of anonymity. The 365-horsepower SHO variant, "actually weighs about as much as the stretched Audi A8 L. Of course, Audi uses an extensive amount of aluminum, but it is a much bigger car."