Gene Wilcox didn't intentionally set out to build a matching set of classic Ford street rods. But after his 1937 Ford Tudor turned out so well in two-tone, he decided to just reverse the paint scheme on his 1940 Ford pickup. They complement each other perfectly.
Wilcox's 1937 Ford Tudor shimmers in bright sunlight, showing off its two-tone paint. It was among the top six cars selected by PPG for best use of color at a National Street Rod Association show in Louisville, where 13,000 cars showed up.
Wilcox decided the only way to improve the classic lines of a '37 Ford, with its teardrop headlights, waterfall grille and streamlined hood emblem, was with a two-tone paint job that accentuated all those elements.
A closer view of the 1940's front end reveals how artfully Wilcox arched the dividing line between the two colors, capturing the curve of the fender, flowing right down along the grille insert, which is painted, not plated.
Power for the '37 Tudor is produced by a 400-cubic-inch smallblock Chevy V-8 outfitted with multiport fuel injection and a March serpentine drive belt setup. Wilcox built the engine, which is mated to a 700R4 automatic overdrive transmission.
The '40 Ford pickup is a bit more conventional, running a 350 crate engine that Wilcox tore apart and rebuilt, using Edelbrock aluminum heads, intake and carburetor. Sanderson headers complete the package.
Wilcox says the 1940 pickup is a joy to drive and judging by the looks of the two-passenger cab, who could argue that point? It features built-in Vintage Air air conditioning, a tall Lokar shifter and upgraded vintage-style analog gauges.
Among the body modifications on the pickup is the custom rolled rear pan by George Huenergardt, featuring frenched-in horizontal '39 Ford taillights. Nadine Ward painted the Ford V-8 tailgate emblem and striped the bodywork on both vehicles.
There are only two sets of these Billet Specialties wheels in the world and Gene Wilcox bought both of them at a national street rod meet. The front wheels run 205x55x16 Hankook tires, while the rears are fitted with 255x60x17s.