Henry Ford preferred his four-wheeled products to be painted black and there’s little doubt this glossy 1930 Ford Custom Tudor would be one he’d be proud to see. The eye-catching project was started in January of 2011 and completed just under a year and a half later with the first ride being conducted in June 2012. Up front is a 1953 Ford flathead engine, fitted with 9.1 Offy cylinder heads. Fuel comes from a trio of Holley 94 carburetors while an Edlebrock Tri-Power intake manifold lets in air. The transmission is a 1939 Ford three-speed unit and stopping comes by way of 12-inch drum brakes. A custom 1965 Mustang steering box turns 15-inch steelie wheels, mounted to a straight axle.
Changes have been made on the underside too: a custom 4 1/2 inch boxed ‘Z’ frame has been installed along with ladder bars for added strength. The shapely body is all original steel but modified with a 3-inch chop for a leaner look and a full fendered tubbed kit in the rear to accommodate larger tires. Suicide doors open up to an interior highlighted with a custom dash fitted with Autometer gauges.
Black may have kept things simple for Ford’s production lines, but this Tudor packs a whole host of custom features making it far from ordinary.
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