Shoebox Ford sedans are some of my favorite cars. Especially the cars from 1949 and 1950 that feature the bullet-nose V8 grille. They are very classy cars with awesome lines. Unfortunately, this car appears to have been a bit neglected and/or used for some parts. For some people, this looks like a big pile of junk. For others, this looks like a great opportunity for a cool hot rod/rat rod build. This car is from 1950 and can be found for sale here on Hemmings.com with an asking price of less than $8,000. Being sold by Classic Auto Mall in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, there is a bit of work to be done, but mother nature has done its part already. It will take a dedicated new owner to see it through, but this car has the potential to be a sweet ride. Let’s check it out.
The engine appears to be the original Flathead V8 which the ad indicates measures 239 cubic inches. The transmission is a 3-speed manual and unfortunately, the engine is in non-running condition. This gives the new owner two choices: rebuild the stock engine or swap it for something else. The options are endless…What would you do?
Like the engine, the interior seems very original. There is an aftermarket steering wheel cover, but the seats look original and the dash and door panels do as well. The seller notes “…some of the cranks for the windows are missing. The headliner has mold, and water damage that can be seen throughout.” Again, if this car is going to be transformed into a rat rod, the options are endless.
Here you can see the great looking taillight design on these cars. The rear body line forms the housing for the taillight and with their horizontal placement against the verticle fender lines, it makes for a great design. The biggest drawback to this car may be the rust issues. There are some rust holes in the body and the undercarriage is covered in surface rust, which is pretty typical of a 70-year-old car. So, what do you think of this car? Is it a good candidate for a restoration or rat rod?