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Roger Petschauer
1950 Ford Coupe
Being a Gear-Head all of my life either with my Dragster Drag Racing or Cruising down the High-ways with one of the many cars I have owned has been a true passion for me. I have owned a Front Engine Dragster, a 41 Chevrolet Pick Up, a 1965 Mustang Fastback, a 1966 Pontiac Catalina 2 + 2 with a 421 and a 1967 Pontiac GTO while I still have another Front Engine Dragster, a 1926 Ford Model "T" which was the "Featured Car" on Big Al's List for September 2004, and my 1950 Ford Coupe. I belong to the "Early Times" and the "Good Time Cruisers" both of North Eastern Ohio and the Good-Guys. I cruise locally to most of the Cruises and Shows in the area and the NHRA Hot Rod Reunion, Good-Guys in Columbus and Charlotte, North Carolina and many other Nostalgic Events in the surrounding states.
Always having a taste for a 49 to 51 Ford or Mercury to customize I was over-joyed when one of my friends told me about a 50 Ford Coupe that one of his neighbors had started and had thoughts about selling his project! Believe me, we wasted no time in getting over to see this project. He was doing it correctly and had started by getting the engine, transmission and rear-end installed and he had started making some body modifications and had the car in black primer sealer. I looked it over carefully and could see a future for this ride in my garage! We talked money and soon the car was mine. During one of the many test runs I could detect something falling on me when I hit a bump. Home it went and down came the headliner to find it full of mouse droppings.
Well, it was time to start on this 5 year project and the first thing to do was to call a few of my good friends like Terry Lanning, Felix Ratino, Paul Frustereo and Roy Blankenship to sit down and plan a course of action!
The engine is a 1971 ford 302 cubic inch with a Holley 600 CFM four barrel covered with a 14" x 3" Yearwood Air Cleaner and Polished Aluminum valve covers from Summit Racing while the spark is from a Mallory Ignition and the smooth rumble is coming from Glass Packs! The power from this combination is fed to a 1971 Ford C-4 transmission shifted by a B & M Floor Shifter. Dave Zona and Paul Frustereo had to raise the floor tunnel to fit that transmission under there.
The rear-end is a 1971 Ford with a 3:00 to 1 gear ratio held in with stock springs on rebuilt shackles using 9" brakes in the back with ECI Disc brakes on the front. Eaton Custom Springs and NAPA shocks are used on the front end while the Front end is a Fatman Dropped Spindle with uprights, dropped steering arms controlled by a powered rack and pinion steering kit which is driven by a 1989 rebuilt Chevy Cavalier box from NAPA. The brakes have been updated to a dual master cylinder beefed up with a duel power brake booster with firewall mounted swing pedals from Kenny's Rod and Custom. The front tires are Coker Wide Whites 205/75/15 mounted on 5" x 15" steel wheels from Summit Racing while the rear tires are Coker Wide Whites 205/75/15 mounted on 6" x 15" steel wheels also from Summit Racing. The wheels are hidden behind Dodge Lancer Hub Caps from Night Prowlers Kustom Accessories. The front upper & lower A-Arms and rear shackle rebuild kits came from Dennis Carpenter Ind.
Dave Zona put his skills to work on the Frenched Headlights, Shaved door handles, and the Nosed and Decked work seen coming and going! Some other nice work was the Frenched Antenna on the rear quarter panel and the 49 Chevy license plate guard molded into the rear bumper. The custom taillights are 58 Ford lenses updated with LED's from Lambert Enterprises. The Grill came from a 54 Ford while the side trim was donated from a 62 Ford Galaxie center section and we added a pair of Dummy Spots molded into the cover seams.
After all of the changes were smoothed over Roy Blankschaen of Euclid put his magic grip on the spray gun and laid some PPG Basecoat Clearcoat Bright Atlantic Blue all over my "50". We still need sunglasses to look at it on a bright day. We had a hard time shooting the pictures because the paint is so intense it's like a mirror. Our photographer Buddy Scoville really earned his coffee on that shoot!
The interior is done in a Pearl White Vinyl and Ken Skula of Willowick actually broke into a sweat while poking his needle into the material. Another fine testament to his capabilities. The 6 Way Cadillac power seat drive units adapted to the 50 Ford seat like they were made for each other. The steering wheel came from a 59 Chevy Impala and the tunes are blasted out of speakers driven by an AM/FM Cassette Stereo from Auto Zone. The control knobs for the dash and windows came from Lobecks and the molded gauges were formed into modified chrome exhaust extensions. The gauges are all Auto-Meter topped off with an electronically controlled analog speedometer. And part of it's coolness come from a Vintage Heater and Air Conditioner!