Bud Ward's 1924 Ford

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As it appeared in Rod & Custom January 1954. Photo by Billy O. Boyles.
As it appeared in Rod & Custom January 1954. Photo by Billy O. Boyles.
As it appeared in Rod & Custom January 1954. Photo by Billy O. Boyles.
As it appeared in Rod & Custom January 1954. Photo by Billy O. Boyles.
As it appeared in Rod & Custom January 1954. Photo by Billy O. Boyles.

1924 Ford Model T owned and built by Bud Ward of San Antonio, Texas. Bud wanted something else from the run-of-the-mill hot rods, so he got together with his buddies, discussing how to make one. He began with a channeled 1924 Ford body, installed it on a 1932 Ford frame, and rest of the car was equally mixed heritage. The upper part of the grille was from a 1936 Hudson Terraplane, while the lower portion was from a 1951 Nash. Both of these sections were cut and reshaped to present a rather formidable appearance. The roadster was powered by a 1940 Ford mill, bored to Mercury dimensions, and fit with a 3/4 cam. It had a lightened flywheel, 8 to 1 heads and dual carburetors. The cooling was provided by a Cadillac core, cut to adapt in the available space. The clutch was stock 1940 Ford, while the side-shift transmission was a 1939 Lincoln unit with a 26 tooth cluster gear, the driveshaft was a shortened 1932 Ford unit, and the rear was also from a 1932 Ford equipped with 3.27 gears. The outside pipes were made from chromed bannister railing. The rear was protected by a homemade Nerf bar with the letter W in it, for Ward.[1]

The front suspension was made essentially of race car parts. The chromed front axle was from a 1936 or 1937 Dodge, and the front spring was mounted suicide to the front cross-member. All four of the wishbones were chromed, and were originally intended for a track job. Nearly all of the front suspension parts were chromed. The front brak backing plates, hubs and rims were once parts of a Willys. The steering was composed from a Ross center type unit. The brakes were hydraulic, and were operated from a Lincoln master cylinder, which was mounted on a custom cross-member. The rear shock absorbers were from a Dodge.[1]

The dashboard featured portions of a 1949 Mercury instrument section, while the steering wheel was from a 1938 Buick. The cockpit side panels were upholstered in rolled white leatherette, while the car itself was painted dark metallic blue, and was set of by the contrast of the red chassis and the four white sidewalls. The front tires were 5.00-16, while the rear ones were 6.70-15.[1]

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Rod & Custom January 1954



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