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1933 Ford TudorBarbers normally get tipped by their customers. Larry Raney had an unusual one when he cut a customer’s hair in his Auburn barbershop back in 2000. His customer told him his ex-wife was selling a ‘33 Ford Tudor (two-door sedan) street rod. Larry liked ‘33 for their looks, with suicide doors (hinged in the back) and unique swooped grill. It was the year that Ford abandoned the boxy look of the Model A and ‘32 in favor of a sleek-looking body that has become a favorite in the hot-rodding community. Henry’s son, Edsel, pushed for a design that left the old four-cylinder look far behind. While the Deuce has inspired songs and movies because it was the first Ford V-8, the longer wheel-based ‘33 has enduring lines that epitomize the Art Deco 30's. Having this appreciation of the ‘33, Larry checked it out and the tip paid off. This red beauty had been channeled, with shaved chrome, solenoid door openers, frenched tail lights and headlights molded into the fenders. It was painted red with shadow flames in darker red. Even the chrome had been replaced with matching-red paint. For running gear, it had a Chevy 350 CID engine and a Turbo 350 auto trans that drove a nine-inch Ford rear end. All the work had been done in 1992, except for a repaint in 1998. The car had only about 10,000 miles on it since the rebuild. The wife had been awarded this one of the family hot rods in the divorce settlement and was looking to sell it. She had enjoyed the car, even winning “first in class” for it at the Autorama in 1999, but now was looking to liquidate this asset. Larry liked it and bought it. Since then he has added power steering and brakes, as well as updated the air conditioning system. Also, to accommodate his taller frame, he set the seat farther back. Since he has several other cars he has not put a lot of miles on it since. Mainly he keeps it local, only venturing as far as Sacramento. One thing he has found is that when he and wife Teri go to Costco, it is a good car ro take. Lots of room in the back seat for toilet paper, Kleenex and such, with plenty of space for an ice chest. Since getting the ‘33 Ford, he is always willing to listen to anyone with a hot tip. Especially if it’s about a hot red car.

1933 Ford Tudor
The rakish slant of the windshield and gill, along with the narrowed hood line, give a streamlined look to the ‘33. With it, Ford entered a new age of styling.

The durable Chevy 350 CID engine and Turbo 350 trans have become such favorites among hot rodders of 30's Fords that they are sometimes jokingly referred to as “stock.”

The plush gray-upholstered bucket seats are not stock, but then comfort was lacking in the originals. Note the far-back position of the driver’s seat to accommodate Larry’s long legs.

©2010 Ron Cherry

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