Mary Knox's 1952 Ford Fordor is almost painful to behold in bright sunlight with its stunning pearl gold paint job. Gwynn Bilson sprayed the color after getting permission to replicate it from the customizer who developed it. For this application, the paint is known as "Knox Gold."
A new-old-stock set of gravel guards was shined up and added to the flanks of the Ford. Builder Gary Knox said he wasn't sure about the color until he saw the chrome and stainless trim on the car, and then he was convinced.
Power is now supplied by a stout 351-cubic-inch Ford Lightning SVT V-8 running a GT-40 plenum and throttle body and a set of Speedway headers that flow into a hand-fabricated 2-1/4 inch exhaust system featuring Cherry Bomb glasspacks.
Mary Knox jokes that her car was supposed to be a ring for her 50th wedding anniversary. "A ring would have been a lot cheaper," says husband Gary, who had the anniversary commemorated on the radiator bulkhead.
The original style dash was retained, but updated with Dakota Digital gauges, a Juliano steering wheel and an added panel to house the outlets for the Custom Auto Air cabin cooling. Joe Newlon designed the dash and painted the faux leather "pad," while Rick Fisher handled the ultrasuede/Cessna leather upholstery duties.
Family friend Karen Fisher said the brilliant gold color of the car reminded her of her daylilies. So a daylily of the appropriate color, surrounded by butterflies, was added to the dash decor. Note the rear-view camera/DVD screen that neatly folds out of the dash.
A subtle mix of textures and colors reveals the planning that went into the interior design. Cessna leather is accented by complementing ultrasuede, while the garnish moldings are finished in paint that looks for all the world like soft leather.
And if there's any question about whether the back doors are still functional, here's the proof. A set of solenoid door-poppers is planned to make opening easier since the exterior door handles are long gone.