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1938 Ford Standard
Bill & Anne Busch
I found this car in Springfield Missouri in 2001. It was sitting in a field at a nursery. The car had been sitting there for 30-32 years. A friend of a friend saw it on his vacation, stopped and got a phone number. I made a few calls and brought it home. The floors were gone but the car was otherwise complete. I have always liked the lines of the 38 standard.
The next two years was the things nightmares are made of. The guys I chose to do the work were just terrible. All the horror stories about bad workmanship came true. The x-member was dragging on the ground, everything was just tacked together nothing was completed. After having the car 15 months I had enough and brought the car back home. Then next thing to do was to hire an attorney and sue. While the court case was in process I could not do any work on the car so it sat for 9 months in my garage. After settling the case I was back to stage one. The frame had to be completely redone. All the welds had to ground out and re-welded. Do your homework before you give your baby to someone to work on it.
ON to the body and paint work. This was done by Mike and Pete Germano of Olmstead Falls. The door handles are shaved with electric openers. The hood has 76 louvers; the front wheel-wells are also louvered to get the heat out of the engine compartment! I put a Bitch'in big block fire wall in and had to cut out 4" more on each side to clear the cylinder heads. The color is Sunoco Blue with old school flames outline with white pin-stripping of course.
The frame has been boxed and the rear rails moved in 3" each side to clear the tires. The rear-end is a 9" Ford with explorer disc brakes. A mustang ll front end with 11" discs. The frame has been plumbed for a remote transmission cooler and filter. The front steering was a design nightmare. The HEMI is 8" wider than a big block Chevy, so to get around the headers and everything else you have to snake the shafts around, this took weeks to finally get it right.
The frame has been boxed and the rear rails moved in 3" each side to clear the tires. The rear-end is a 9" Ford with explorer disc brakes. A mustang ll front end with 11" discs. The frame has been plumbed for a remote transmission cooler and filter. The front steering was a design nightmare. The HEMI is 8" wider than a big block Chevy, so to get around the headers and everything else you have to snake the shafts around, this took weeks to finally get it right.
The engine is a 1957 392 "HEMI". It is bored 30 over with 10:5 to1 pistons. The heads are redone with hardened seats and stainless valves. The intake is from Hotheads with a Demon carb. As you can see from the pictures there is not any extra room under the hood. Heat was a problem. After 5 different radiator set-ups Dick Bess gave me a few ideas to try and that solved the heating problem. The transmission is a turbo 400 with adapter to fit the HEMI .There is a shift kit and 2800 stall converter installed.
The interior was done by Howard's Interiors of mentor. The front seats are 98 Grand prix, the rear seat was custom made to fit between the tubs. If you look in the back seat, unless you know its tubbed you can not tell. The interior is done in burgundy pleather. The dash and window trim are wood- grained. Instruments are by TPI. The dice are moon-eyes.
I would like to thank my wife Anne for her understanding of this affliction for cars that I have. I also need to thank Kenny, Chuck and Jack without whose help this project would have never been completed. And to all the others to numerous to name THANK YOU!