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1936 Ford Deluxe Cabriolet

By Vern Parker

The restored 1936 Ford Deluxe Cabriolet seemed to call out to Keith Randall at an antique automobile auction he was attending in Pennsylvania.

Even though Randall had no intention of bidding on the car he could not resist the appeal of the Cordoba Tan Ford with the Poppy Red pin stripes.  Consequently Randall soon became the new owner of the car in October 2015.

Some of the history that came with the car indicated that in 1988 it was purchased as a basket case in Miami, Florida.

For the next four years a shop in Homasassa, Florida performed a frame off restoration on the Ford.  Upon completion the owner took the like new car on the "show circuit".  "He chose to show the car rather than drive it," Randall says.

In 2001, after winning several prestigious awards in Michigan, Colorado, Tennessee, Missouri, Oklahoma, Illinois, South Carolina, Alabama and Iowa the car was donated to the AACA museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Randall was told that when additional storage space is needed at the museum one of the cars is sold.

"The odometer showed 190 miles when I bought the car at the auction," Randall says.

As the new owner of the show car I spent the next year going over the car and refreshing, adjusting and making it road worthy for touring Randall reports.

A number of modifications and improvements were made to differentiate the 1936 models from the previous years models.

The spare tire at the rear of the car was encased in a lockable metal shroud on the 1936 car.  Wire wheels with spokes were also a thing of the past that year.

Exposed horns suspended beneath the headlights on 1935 model Fords were positioned on 1936 models, hidden under the front fenders.

Two small round step plates are located at the right rear for easy access to the rumble seat.

The tail light stanchions are multi functional.  The right one seves as one of the steps to the rumble seat while the left one holds the rear license plate, the license plate light and the gasoline cap that leads to the 14 gallon tank.

Inside the cabriolet only the driver's door has an armrest.  The driver steers the cabriolet with a banjo style steering wheel.

 Since Randall's car is a deluxe model it has a dashboard with a 100-mile-per-hour speedometer, four-digit trip mileage recorder, ammeter, water temperature indicator, electric fuel and oil gauges, cigar lighter, ashtray and glove compartment.

A cowl  ventilator draws in fresh air.

Beneath the hood is a flat head V-8 engine with the correct 21-stud aluminum heads.  The trusty 221-cubic-inch engine develops 85 horsepower to propel the 2,661-pound car on its 112-inch wheelbase. bringing the car to a halt is a task left to the mechanical brakes.

A pair of goose neck mirrors, one on each side of the car, help when negotiating traffic on multi-lane roads.

Randall points out the 6.00x16-inch tires feature white side walls on both sides of the tires.  They don't improve the ride but they certainly add to the appearance.




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