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1946 Ford Tudor
by Larry D'Argis


Club member Gord Atamanchuk bought his '46 Ford near Dauphin, Manitoba. It had been used mostly as a parade car since the '60s and had a perfectly straight, rust-free body and just over 50,000 original miles on the odometer. The paint was faded and the interior was literally coming apart from damage by the sun and moisture. While it was clearly in need of help it still ran and drove fairly well. About ten years ago Gord thought it was time and treated the old coach to a full frame-off restoration.

The frame was stripped, cleaned and painted before new brakes, steering and suspension components were installed. The original 239 cu. in. Flathead V8 was fully rebuilt and bored 0.020". Fitted with a Holley 94 two-barrel carburetor, Fenton headers and a custom dual exhaust system; it easily out-produces its original 100 horsepower rating, and has that exhaust note that only a Flathead can make. He didn't stop there as the three-speed manual transmission and rear axle also received a full overhaul to bring it back to as new condition.

The body was bathed in a fresh coat of Black Cherry Metallic paint, the bumpers rechromed and the stainless trim polished. There were new door, window and trunk rubbers installed as well as new glass. Inside is a full new beige cloth interior done in the original pattern and a new carpet. The dash was restored, as were the full gauge cluster, clock and Magic Air heater.

She rolls on 6.50 X 16 inch Firestone wide-whitewall tires that ride on factory steel wheels with chrome beauty rings and hubcaps. With less than 150 miles on it since the restoration was completed remains in pristine condition.

   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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