36/40

A true work of art, this one of a kind Westergard style custom was created by grafting a 36 cabriolet with a 40 coupe rear body section. This is the result of years and years of thinking, studying, planning, and finally constructing what Norman felt was the perfect late ’30’s fat fendered Ford custom. Inspired by the work of Harry Westergard, Norman liked the lines of a ’36 Ford, but felt it to be too short for that long, low look. He also felt the trunk lid on a ’36 looked lost in the rear body. The solution: graft a ’40 Ford rear clip to the ’36 cab cowl and doors. The bodies were grafted at the door post, but the wrap around upper body panel was left from the ’36, allowing for the use of ’36 top irons. This stretched the wheelbase approxiamately 4-5″ and cleaned the trunk area up with the nicer lines of the ’40. That fulfilled the “long”, now for the “low”. The body is sectioned over the chassis to bring it closer to earth, and the rockers are reworked to eliminate the running boards. Then the front fenders were peaked at the back, and moved upward towards the hood to line up with the rockers. In order to accomplish this, the hood sides as well as the grill had to be sectioned. The hood tops were combined and hinged at the rear. The fronts of the rear fenders were also reworked to elinimate the running boards, and a pair of custom stone guards were fabricated and installed. Finally the whole body was massaged and painted with PPG basecoat/clearcoat urethane and color sanded and polished to perfection. All that is placed on a custom, tubular chassis with a Heidt’s Superide independent front suspension, Corvette independent rear, and power 4 wheel disc brakes. The engine is a crate unit from Street and Performance. It is a 350 TPI, chromed and polished everywhere. Transmission is a 700R4 with a Lokar shifter. Interior ammenities include a Glide Engineering seat, Vintage Air, Flaming River tilt column, Vintage Air, and leather upholstery. This car is not only gorgeous, it works. Starts, runs, stops, steers and drives fantastic. It is quiet, tight, smooth, comfortable and reliable. Below is a list of specifications.

  • Steel 1936 Ford cabriolet cowl and doors
  • Steel 1936 Ford front sheet metal, hood sides and grill sectioned and backs of fenders peaked to eliminate running boards
  • Duvall windshield flush mounted in original cabriolet post
  • Custom hinged windwings
  • Steel 1940 Ford rear quarter panels, trunk lid and rear body panel
  • Custom stone guards on rear fenders
  • Steel fender skirts
  • Frenched tailights
  • Working German canvas convertible top with boot
  • Body channel over tubular chassis and rockers reworked
  • Mercedes SL mirrors
  • Heidt’s Superide front suspension assembly
  • Corvette Rear with Coil overs
  • Chromed Street and Performance TPI engine
  • 700R4 transmission
  • Lokar shifter
  • 4 wheel power disc brakes
  • Leather interior
  • Glide Engineering seat w/ Shroth retractable 4 point belts
  • Custom AutoAvionics gauges
  • Flaming River tilt stainless steering column w/ Nardi “thin grip” wooden steering wheel
  • Vintage Air
  • Loads of Dynamat throughout
  • SPW wiper system
  • Ron Francis wiring harness
  • Aluminum radiator with electric fan
  • 22 Gallon fuel cell
  • Coker Classic radial wide whites w/ 95% tread on Wheel Vintique Steelies w/ caps and rings
  • I’m sure there are things I missed, as the custom features on this car are endless.
  • Feel free to call or email with any questions or to set up an appointment to inspect this.
  • $129,000.00 trades welcomed
  • For additional information contact Jake at Queen’s Automotive 610 966 4310 crossfire543@aol.com