- 1 Forty Ford Fever
- 2 "The first thing I did was buy all new shocks and lowering shackles for the front"
- 3 "It wasn't fast enough"
- 4 New paint job
- 5 Sold
- 6 '50 88 Coupe
- 7 "It was quick!"
- 8 Kensington Green, chromed and reversed wheels, and big and little tires
- 9 The keeper
- 10 Larry Ewing's Cars
- 11 References
Forty Ford Fever
"My Dad took me to two Oakland Roadster Shows," Larry told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama in November of 2020, "one when I was 11 in 1953 another in 1955." Larry fell in love with the style of the '40 Fords he saw there. "So my first car was a ’40 Ford DeLuxe Coupe I bought when I was 15 in January 1957."
"The first thing I did was buy all new shocks and lowering shackles for the front"
The Ford Larry bought was all stock except for a red paint job, dual exhaust, and full moon flipper hubcaps. "I bought it for $250 from a young man in San Francisco a few miles north of where we lived in San Bruno, California. The first thing I did was buy all new shocks and lowering shackles for the front. Next came the engine detail with chrome acorn nuts on heads and painted the firewall white. Next came a ’39 floor shift transmission and 4:11 rear gears." Larry also installed big and little tires. 5.60x15 up front and 8.20x15 in the rear.
"It wasn't fast enough"
New paint job
Shortly after Larry had bought the engine, he was in an accident in Redwood City, where the family had recently moved. "The damage caused me to replace 2 fenders and running boards. That led to a complete repaint with the expert help from my sister's boyfriend, Richard McArdle. He happened to have a show car ’50 Chevy he built which was a cover car featured in a Custom Car Magazine at the time." Larry settled on a Limefire Green color from a 1957 Pontiac. "After 3 months of body prep Richard laid on the Acrylic Lacquer. After rub and buff, it was show quality." The Limefire Green iteration of Larry's Ford ran a 4 inch dropped axle that he bought from Bill Leonheart. 
'50 88 Coupe
The Olds engine was still in Larry's garage, and his goal was to have ’49 88 coupe much like one of his classmates, Dennis Milani, had. "The word was out and I soon got a call from Bill Leonheart having a ’50 88 coupe less engine for $125. Not a ‘49 but a perfect fit for my ’56 engine. My idol at the time, besides Milani, was Gene Adams that ran a ’50 Olds in Southern California that was in Hot Rod magazine almost every month setting the ¼ mile record constantly in an Engle Cam ad."
"It was quick!"
Kensington Green, chromed and reversed wheels, and big and little tires
The Olds was a stock medium to dark Ivy Green. "With my experience prepping the ’40 I started in on the Olds. Choice was to paint it the darkest metallic green, which was Kensington Green from ’59 Cadillac. With a little help from Richard again it was painted and buffed out. I had the wheels reversed and chromed, put on big and little U.S. Royal Master tires with flat ’60 Pontiac poverty caps. It got beautiful!" Larry separated the rims from the centers himself before he took them to Santa Clara Plating. "$75 for all 8 pieces. Then I went to a welding shop in Palo Alto and had them welded back together for $6 as I waited. I did not change the valve stem location so now the stem was on the backside of the wheel. It looked cool but was a pain to check the air."
"After a few years, I had so many speed tickets in the Olds that the court was about to take my license away so it went to my younger teenage brothers, Mike and Tom." Fortunately, Mike kept the car for 25 years and Larry was able to get it back and restore it to show condition. "In 1995 it won Best of Class at the Oakland, Now Grand National Roadster Show. It now had a ’57 Olds J2 engine with a floor shifted ’37 Cad LaSalle transmission and with an even darker green, called Black Emerald pearl from ’88 Cadillac/Olds."
Larry Ewing's Cars
- Larry Ewing
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