1946 Ford
Convertible RestoMOD

Location: Puyallup WA
VIN #:
Engine:302 V8

The Ford car was thoroughly updated in 1941, in preparation for a time of unpredictability surrounding World War II. The 1941 design would continue in an aborted 1942 model year and would be restarted in 1946 and produced until the more modern 1949 Fords were ready. This is thought to be the first Ford to offer an oil filter. It had an excellent radio, which could consume the battery in about 2 hours. Electric windshield wipers were available in addition to the vacuum-powered wipers. There were three different convertible power top mechanisms (vacuum, electric screw, and hydraulic), and two different header bar latching systems. Rear suspensions sometimes had a sway bar, most did not. It had excellent brakes for the era, and the best handling of an ordinary car at the time. It was a very transitional car. The two previous Ford car lines, standard and De Luxe, had blossomed into three, Special, De Luxe, and Super De Luxe. The chassis was longer, with a 114 in wheelbase. The "ignition key" for these cars was actually used to operate a bolt lock which, on one end, unlocked the steering column (a feature destined to return, mandated, decades later), and on the other end unblocked the ignition switch, allowing it to be operated. Starting the car was then accomplished by pressing a pushbutton on the dashboard, another feature destined to return with the advent of "smart keys." Although starting cranks had been replaced by electric starters for decades, Ford cars included a manual starting feature until 1948 as an antidote to dead-battery syndrome. The wheel-lug wrench served as a handle (also for the jack) and the jack shaft with bayonet-coupling pins could be inserted through a small hole in the grille to engage a bayonet socket on the forward end of the engine crankshaft. A quick-and-easy twist of the handle was sufficient to start the flat head V8, and the bayonet coupling was self-disengaging for safety. Civilian production resumed in July 1945, with an early start to the 1946 model year filling the public's thirst for new cars. The 1946 Ford was identical to the 1942 model under the skin, though a heavy new grille with horizontal bars and red accents modernized the car somewhat. The hood was widened by adding a center strip. In the film Back to the Future, Biff Tannen's car in 1955 was a black 1946 Ford Super De Luxe convertible. After the film, the car was kept by Universal and displayed in their back lot tour.

This very high quality RestoMod has had a lot of modifications: a Ford 302 V8 with Street grind Camshaft and roller tip rocker, with poly locks on all rocker stands mated to an Edelbrock aluminum intake with 600 Edelbrock Manifold with Flowmaster Exhaust; Custom Hand built Aluminum fan shroud; cutom radiator with brass tank, MOPAR Disc Brake Conversion; Remote Power Brake booster under drivers front fender; Power Steering with a 605 GM Power Steering Box; '48 Mercury Steerign Column with factory turn signals, Stock Steering Wheel, Stock Heater with correct ford accessory controls, Air Conditioning with polished Sander Comporessor and fittings, Stock Instument cluster upgraded to 12 volt; Hydroelectric Top Pump located under rear seat;Sound System controls in Glovebox with CD changer in trunk; 8" Ford Rear End with Parallel Leaf Springs; 6" American 5 Spoke rims up front and 8" in the rear.

Finished in a striking and correct Color combination this subtle RestoMod is a bit of a sleeper still appearing original to the casual observer. This is great driving and fast car that will provide years of comfortable cruising!

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