Ron Lerdahl's 1952 Ford Victoria
1952 Ford Victoria restyled by Vern at A-1 Auto Body for Crusaders of Salt Lake City member Ron Lerdahl of Salt Lake City, Utah. As with his 1952 Ford convertible, Ron had Vern lower the car all around. The rear was lowered more than the front. An early photo taken about 1957 shows the car before the door handles were shaved, with pinstriping, tarp over the back seat, stock taillights and dual spotlights running Oldsmobile Fiesta style hubcaps. The rear fenders were later extended and modified to a pair of 1956 Buick Roadmaster taillights. The car received the usual dechroming. The door handles were shaved and the car received a frenched antenna. The stock headlight rims were frenched, and the three grille bars from a 1956 Chrysler Windsor were fit between the stock park lights. Once the bodywork was done, the car received a copper brown paint.
The copper brown version of Ron's Ford was shown in 1959. By 1960 Ron had changed the interior upholstery. The 1960 version of the upholstery was a combination of Naugahyde and Nylon Frieze. The first version of the upholstery was all Naugahyde. Ron even had pleated throw mats on the floor, and according to Gordy Brown, you had to take your shoes off to ride in the car.
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