This car was built in the early 80's by a very talented builder who wanted his own version of a car he had seen in a 50's hot rod magazine. In 1951, Johnny Cunningham built a very cool full fendered T that had a chopped windshield and a cut down 1936 Ford truck grille. It retained the original turtle deck and used 1935 Ford wire wheels with big and little tires. This car is an updated version of the Cunningham T. Since the car was originally built in the 1980's, there have not been many changes, owing to the quality and style of the original build.
Although everyone who sees this car thinks it is an original steel body, it is actually a very high quality early fiberglass T roadster body. It has a functioning passenger door to ease getting in and out. The turtle deck and fenders are also fiberglass. They are very thick, high quality components, not the thin stuff we are used to today. The fenders have steel tubing under them for support. The running boards are steel and are functional. They are supported by steel connecting to the frame. The hood is steel and handmade, while the grille is an original 1936 Ford truck grille. The paint on the car is from it's original build in the 1980's and is showing some age. There are a few chips and blemishes, but it adds to charm and character of the car. There are lots of neat little details on this car, such as the original Guide headlights to the tail light stands that are made from Model A lug wrenches. There is some clean modest pin-striping on the rear tail-pan.
This car is built on a handmade rectangular tube chassis. It uses transverse springs front and rear. The front axle is an un-dropped Model A unit using Model A brakes with a very trick hydraulic wheel cylinder conversion. The rear axle is a Ford 8" that is held in place by front 30's style wishbones that have been reinforced and inverted. Keeping with the traditional theme of the build the front of the car uses Houdaille lever action shocks and an F-100 steering box. For rolling stock, it uses 1935 Ford 16" wire wheels with Coker Firestone tires. 7.00x16 rear and 4.50x16 fronts give it a nice rubber rake. You really need to see this car to appreciate the amount of details and fabrication that went into making it.
Since it was a must to have a hood on this car, a smaller ford 2.6L V6 was chosen for motivation. It is backed by a 4 speed manual transmission with Hurst linkage. This drive-train is super reliable, sounds great, and gets excellent fuel economy. Recently it received a new 2 barrel carburetor, new water pump, and new battery.
The interior consists of tan two-tone vinyl done in tuck and roll. It was done several years ago, and shows some age, but is still very presentable and comfortable. It seats 2 adults comfortably. The functioning door makes it a breeze to get in and out. The dash is wood and uses all Stewart Warner instruments including a working tach and speedometer. This T is a bare bones hot rod and does not have a heater, radio, or directional signals.
This car has been on the road for several years and has had all of the bugs worked out of it. It is a no excuses traditional hot rod that gathers a crowd at every cruise night. The car needs nothing to enjoy right now, you can jump in and drive this car anywhere. It runs good and gets great fuel mileage. It would be a great car for anyone looking to get into the car hobby or someone who wants something really unique for their collection. Car has a clear IL title and is titled as a 1985 Special T.
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I have a bunch more pictures available for interested parties. I am willing to ship this car anywhere in the world at the buyers expense.