Kelly Ingle surprised her husband, Rick with this 1946 Ford Super Deluxe coupe. She knew he was looking for a street rod project, so when she learned the car had been stashed away in a local storage unit when the previous owner died overseas, she bought it and presented it to him. It took them 11 years to get it back on the street, but the end result was worth the wait.
Dave Hanna and Tom Coulter of Sterling Classics took care of what little body work was needed on the coupe and topped it off with a generous coating of Washington Blue paint, a factory Ford color in 1946.
Rick Ingle says a fat-fendered Ford should have a Ford engine in it, so this mildly hot-rodded 302 V-8 mated to a C4 automatic, which replaced a locked-up flathead, is right at home between the frame rails of his `Fordy6.'
The nose-down stance accents the '46's horizontal-bar grille, with accents painted in red. Sterling Classics installed the 4-inch dropped tube axle and split wishbones front suspension, which features GM power steering and disc brakes.
The front and rear bumpers were in good enough condition that they only needed to be cleaned up and rechromed. Bill's American Muffler Shop crafted a set of custom-made dual pipes to connect the stainless steel headers to the Flowmaster mufflers and tailpipes.
One of the few replacement parts that had to be sourced was the beautiful chromed dash insert, a reproduction piece that replaced the deteriorated original plastic unit. The owner found a matching Omega speedometer and tachometer that filled the main bezels perfectly.