Bill Grader's 1936 Ford

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Bill's Ford as it appeared in Hot Rod Magazine March 1952. Photo by Carl Payne.
Photo by Carl Payne.
Photo by Carl Payne.
Photo by Carl Payne.
Photo by Carl Payne.

1936 Ford Roadster owned and built by Bill Grader of Seattle, Washington. Bill was looking for a roadster he could customize, the choice fell natural on a 1936 Ford, hence its pleasing lines. Over a period of years, Bill and his mechanic friend, B. C. Waters made a head turning custom. The grille was restyled by partially filling it, this way, the grille would look more like a LaSalle or Packard grille unit. The hood sides were filled in order to achieve a cleaner appearance. The door handles were removed, and the doors were electrically opened by solenoids operated by push-buttons. The car was nosed and decked as well. The license plate was recessed, and a set of 1939 Ford taillights were installed. He swapped the stock bumpers for a set of 1937 DeSoto ripple bumpers, and the gas filler pipe was concealed by a cover door. Fender skirts were installed, and the window frame was chopped. When all the bodywork was done, it was painted with 14 coats of Cadillac Cypress Green.[1]


The original undercarriage was replaced with a 1948 Ford chassis, featuring column shift, hydraulic brakes, and a 1948 Mercury engine. The engine was hopped up with a Clay Smith 3/4 cam, high Weiand dual manifold, Stromberg 97 carbs with 043 jets, Edelbrock 7.5-1 aluminum heads, Ziggles two coil ignition, 12 lbs flywheel, 3 5/16" bore, and 4" stroke. The hot mill breathed through a 2 1/2" pipe with 22" Smithy mufflers.[1]


The upholstery was done by Illinois Upholstery Co, featuring a headrest in air-foam rubber. 9 working instruments were installed in the dashboard.[1]


Magazine Features

Hot Rod Magazine March 1952


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