Bill Collins' 1951 Ford

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1951 Ford two-door sedan owned by Bill Collins of Dallas, Texas. According to his good friend Karl Knecht, Bill lived in the Oak Cliff part of Dallas, and he was one of the early hot rodders there in the 1950s. Photo from The Bill Collins Collection, courtesy of Karl Knecht.
Bill's Ford as it appeared when he bought it. Photo from The Bill Collins Collection, courtesy of Karl Knecht.
Bill's Ford as it appeared after he had restyled and repainted it. Modifications included a shaved hood and frenched headlights. Chrome was also removed from the front fenders before Bill installed sidetrim and a 1954 Pontiac grille bar. The front end was further cleaned up by removing the bumper guards. The completed photos of the car were taken sometime between 1953 and 1957. Photo from The Bill Collins Collection, courtesy of Karl Knecht.
A photo of Bill with the Ford. Photo from The Bill Collins Collection, courtesy of Karl Knecht.
Inside, Bill's Ford featured a custom upholstery. Photo from The Bill Collins Collection, courtesy of Karl Knecht.

1951 Ford two-door sedan owned by Bill Collins of Dallas, Texas. According to his good friend Karl Knecht, Bill lived in the Oak Cliff part of Dallas, and he was one of the early hot rodders there in the 1950s. Bill bought the Ford as a stocker, and he restyled and repainted it in the mid 1950s. Modifications included a shaved hood and frenched headlights. Chrome was also removed from the front fenders before Bill installed sidetrim and a 1954 Pontiac grille bar. The front end was further cleaned up by removing the bumper guards. Repainted white, or in a light color, Bill's Ford was dressed up with whitewall tires, hubcaps, and a custom upholstery.[1]


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