Nikki Belford's first car was her stylish 1950 Ford convertible, a 15th birthday gift from her father. It has become something of a tradition to re-gift her with the car, as she got it again when she turned 30 and recently once again, when her husband, John, finished the second restoration, a full frame-off rebuild.
One of the requirements for the latest restoration of the Ford was that it had to retain its original steering wheel and horn ring.The black rim and burgundy horn button complement the original look of the interior perfectly.
Hard to believe, but the Ford's original seats were reused this time around. Scott Downey resculpted the contours at his upholstery shop, with John Schmidt stitching the high-end faux leather to tuck in tight to the new design.
Low-key was the operative theme under the hood, where a 350 cubic inch Chevy crate motor, with no chrome or billet, was used to supply power. This engine replaced a 283 Chevy, which had replaced the original Ford flathead at the time of the car's first restoration.
A set of Haneline gauges is neatly incorporated into the single instrument pod, including a speedometer an four accessory gauges. Note the pinstriped accent highlighting the crisp edge of the heavily reworked dash.
Notice anything missing? The clock bezel is gone from the center of the dash, as is the radio speaker grille. John Belford said the original dashboard was `way too busy,' so he spent an estimated 40 hours cleaning it up and smoothing it out. It was worth the effort.