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Old 02-19-2012, 09:22 PM   #1
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Default 1937 Ford Fordor Survivor

I recently purchased this 1937 Ford DeLuxe Fordor. The car appears to have been purchased from Wright Motors (Ford-Lincoln), Evanston, Illinois. The car was apparently traded in and was purchased by the second owner in December 1939. The car was driven until 1959 when it was put into storage. The car was purchased by the third owner in April of 1990, who drove it briefly around his company yard. The car was put in storage again until late 2010. The third owner's family got the car prepared for sale and it went on the market.

The seller almost completed a deal but discovered that the buyer was planning on customizing the car and selling off the original pieces. He pulled the plug on the sale. He sold it to me confident that the car would remain unmolested and appreciated as the survivor that it is.

I am totally happy with the car. My friend is letting me store the car at his boat garage for now at no cost. I hope to get it running this summer. I'm sure I'll be asking questions.

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Old 02-19-2012, 09:51 PM   #2
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Wow Tony!! I really like those happy ending survivor stories. Unfortunately, in many cases they end up the other way, street rodded and original unused parts on eBay. That little '37 looks really nice in the pictures and I'm betting it just needs some TLC to get it road worthy again. Are you possibly in the EFV8C/A? That car looks as though it would/could easily win a Rouge Class award in all three categories from the get go. I would love to see that car someday at a future National Meet. Keep us posted on what you will need to do to get it back on the road, ask plenty of questions here, and Good Luck!!
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:51 PM   #3
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congratulations on a great buy....enjoy....Mike
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:18 PM   #4
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My high school typing teacher, Mr Baskins, had one just like it. Brings back a lot of memories. Glad to see the last owner wisely refused to sell it to a street rodder, who would have ruined it, and sold it to you. Beautiful condition for a 74 year old car. Great find.
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:22 PM   #5
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Hi Tony, That is a nice find, I hope you keep it original. Is that the one you have been after for awile? Randy
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:42 PM   #6
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That's a dream come true!
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:48 PM   #7
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TonyM ...........................
What a great car and in a very rare condition ! Sure glad that you are going to keep it that way !
Congratulations !
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Old 02-19-2012, 11:07 PM   #8
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Thanks all.

John, I am a member of the EFV-8 C/A.

Randy, Yes, this is the car I was talking about earlier.

As an historian, I certainly do appreciate the "Time Capsule" quality of this car. It is old. It is a little rougher in some spots than the photos indicate and there has been some repaint.

It is an early production car with the early fuel tank filler neck, no radiator see-through shield and 12-36 glass. There are no 78-6050 Aluminum heads; the left one appears to be the 77-6050A type and the right one does not have any Ford script but does have the engine firing order cast on it. It has sealed beams which will be converted back to the 1937 type headlights. The windshield is heavily frosted and not usable as is. I found one to replace it from a Ford Barner in Muncie, Indiana. I reckon I'll be getting out there to get the windshield in the future.

I'm looking forward to getting the car running and safe to operate.

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Old 02-19-2012, 11:09 PM   #9
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Looks like an absolute gem. Pleased to hear it's remaining original too.
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:28 AM   #10
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That is a great true 37 deluxe with the correct accessories and added SW gas heater. I would recommend replacing both the headlight wiring harness and dash harness, the insulation will ementually crumble if under normal stress. I believe Ted has a brake floater kit that works on 37's also and those are the two items that give trouble if not corrected in a driver.
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:49 AM   #11
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Nice find, you can have your local glass shop cut that glass for you, I have done 3 vehicles that way & it is very reasonable. Is it a 60 hp ? I believe that was the 1st year for the 60 hp ( not sure).
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Excellent find!
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:25 AM   #13
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Congratulations, great find, and I like that it will remain mostly like it is.
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:33 AM   #14
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Is it perhaps sporting the V-8 60 hp? Not too many of them...slim
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:40 AM   #15
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Nice car! Is that the original interior? What a find! Glad it will be kept stock.
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:45 AM   #16
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Is it perhaps sporting the V-8 60 hp? Not too many of them...slim
Thanks all.

The car is a DeLuxe, 85 hp.
If I remember correctly, 60 hp is not availiable on the DeLuxe, only Standard.


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Old 02-20-2012, 09:52 AM   #17
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Nice find, you can have your local glass shop cut that glass for you, I have done 3 vehicles that way & it is very reasonable. Is it a 60 hp ? I believe that was the 1st year for the 60 hp ( not sure).
Gary.
1937 is the first year for the 60 hp in the US.
It had been sold in Europe a year earlier.
Anyways, I am very happy it is an 85hp.
That is the engine I wanted.

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Old 02-20-2012, 10:04 AM   #18
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Kool car, it's good to hear that it went to a good home! i would be happy to drive it.
if you wont to bring it to a worm place you can leave it at my house for free and i will drive it for you!...LOL
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:28 AM   #19
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Nice car Tony! I'm glad it went to a owner that it is going to keep it original. Enclosed is a photo of my all original '37 fordor.
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:48 AM   #20
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NICE find & enjoy .
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