Gary Cooper has owned at least 23 street rods, but his favorites have always been '34 Ford coupes. He has owned this Emerald Green 5-window for five years and says it's the one car that will never be put up for sale. It was originally built in California for a music industry CEO.
The wire wheels that were on the coupe when Cooper bought it were quickly removed and replaced by a set of American Racing Torq Thrust II wheels. The fronts are equipped with BFG 205/R70/15 blackwalls, while the rears mount fatter, wider tires.
The other car currently in the Cooper stable is this bright orange '28 Ford Tudor, currently being refitted with a '32 Ford grille shell. It does daily driver duty in and around McPherson, where Gary and Marilyn Cooper live.
Another view of the power plant illustrates how neatly all of the plumbing and fittings have been run inside the snug engine bay. Cooper's coupe is equipped with Vintage Air air conditioning and MSD ignition.
The original front and rear bumpers were used in the restoration of the coupe, with both being smoothed and replated before being installed on chromed frame horns. The coupe is a rumble seat car, but the rear compartment is usually stuffed with car show equipment or luggage for road trips.