Warren Dorrill's 1949 Ford
Warren was a well-known bodyman and painter, and he began by building the "Shark" from a 1949 Ford Club Coupe. He had a basic design in mind, however, he worked it out in metal as he went along. The front was redesigned by extending the front frame rails to support the downsweeped front fenders and hood. The shark nose hood featured air scoops on each side. Another scoop was located beneath the front bumper to provide enough cooling, by this way a grille was not necessary. All body seams were filled, the deck lid seam as well. The front wheel wells were redesigned and fender skirts were added in the rear. Three Cadillac taillights were mounted on the rear end, and the exhaust was routed through were the stock taillights once was. Inside the car featured 35 different switches and signal lights and 11 gauges. November 10 thru 16, 1952 Warren's Ford was shown at the third annual Motorama.
Sometime after the car was shown at the Motorama, the front was restyled. The shark nose was removed and replaced with a grille. Two more grilles were also added up front before the car was painted Red.
Found in Texas
Sometime around 1987, Larry Davidson heard about an old custom that was supposed to be located in Texas. Larry did some digging and found it sitting outside in a fenced area behind a Alto, Texas building. It turned out it was the old Shark, the car had another color and some changes had been done to the front. However, the rest of the car looked exactly as it sat when it was featured in Motor Trend November 1952, even the tires and wheel covers were the same. The car had a full-house flathead with a Vertex magneto. All the Stewart-Warner gauges and Cadillac taillights were still intact. It had a March 1976 Oklahoma inspection sticker. In 1988, David McNurlen drove to see the car once again to take some pictures and meet the owner. The owner was a roofing contractor who went by the name of "Crazy Man". He passed away in 2004, and David was told that the car was sold to a used car lot in Houston in 1988, and eventually sold to a guy up north.
Where is it Now?
According to rumors, Warren's Shark is still around, and last we heard it was located in Tennessee. Warren's family are currently trying to locate the old family custom, and if possible buy it back. Please get in touch with Kustomrama at email@example.com if you know where the Shark is today, or if you have any additional info to share about the car.
In April of 2018, after posting the car in the Kustomrama Lost and Found section, Benny Grable told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama that he saw the car in Jacksonville, Texas a couple of years ago. A couple of months later Sondre received an email from "Bill," who could tell him that he was the current owner. Located in Tennessee, Bill had owned it for more than 20 years when he wrote Kustomrama. When Bill bought the car it had been painted in black primer.
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