'46 Ford

 Hi Ray-After reading the May 2012 Cruisin’ Style magazine “From the Publisher” editorial, I decided to gather some specs and photos of our 46 Ford for you to look at and hopefully feature it in your magazine. 


Having been a hot rod enthusiast most of my life, (45 years) I have owned more than a few street machines and street rods.  We have owned our 46 Ford for over 20 years.  We bought the car in Peoria IL and thereafter have driven it to various events while our children were young.  This made for great family time for my wife and I along with our son and daughter.  When we could afford it, the 46 was completely redone and the photos show the results of everyone’s work that was involved in the buildup. 


I am attaching the specs of the build along with the photos.


Thank you for considering our car for your magazines.  If you would like to check out our website, you will see some of the other cars that we have helped to complete, along with some of the products that we manufacture in our business.  www.jbmicrofinish.com

Our hot rod is powered by a 351 Cleveland with much massaged 4 BBL heads, Comp Cam, Edelbrock Performance Intake and 4 BBL carb, electronic ignition and Sanderson headers with a TIG welded 2 ½” stainless exhaust and 304 stainless Flowmaster mufflers all bolted to a C-6 automatic transmission modified with a B & M shift kit. A Bulletproof Currie 9” rear end was bolted to a custom made set of leaf springs, a driveshaft loop and a set of gas shocks. The front end of this fat boy is a Mustang II unit installed by Everett Gray of Grays Garage. The wheels of choice are American Racing “Hopsters” -16” in front and 17” out back.

This hot rod coupe exhibits many billet pieces made at our facility including: firewall, valve covers, wire looms, head cover, fan spacer, vacuum advance cover, fuel filter, hose separators, radiator cap and a dipstick handle in which our son Jeff made at the age of 12 (under my supervision) in the engine bay. We have also custom made a radical air breather housing and a radiator cover.

The interior billet pieces include our Retro arm rests, door handles, power window switch plates, gauge rings, interior light trim, steering wheel, tach cup and column attachment, column drop, column dress up kit, dash and glove box door trim, rear view mirror, ash tray handles, dash knobs, door sill plates, heater box cover, brake pedal, dimmer switch cover, floor mats, gauge panel, console with cup holder and third brake light cover. The exterior trim consists of flamed hood vents, flamed taillight housing trim, tire valve caps, front gravel pan, tailpipe extensions, bumper nut covers and various other trim pieces.

The majority of body work and paint was executed by Rick Lotshaw with help from Jack Obronta and Mike Hahn from Garage Jobs Rod Shop. Body color is 1994 Saturn Blue metallic with a House of Kolor violet pearl top coat. The ghost flames were shot using 4 different pearls, including 2 different blues, a silver and white which is used for the flame tips. The body was shaved of most of the trim, fender reveals hammer welded smooth, and the bumpers tucked 3”.

Bennett’s Upholstery, Lamoille, IL covered the seats, headliner, floors, rear deck, trunk and door panels with Moon Misty & Imperial Blue Leatherette with German Square Weave carpeting. The Ididit chrome column and the Lokar shifter blend in with the rest of the polished billet we fabricated for our 46 Ford.


As you may have figured out by now, this rod was built to be driven. We have driven to many areas of the Midwest including Louisville, Indy, Des Moines, Springfield, Columbus, Joliet, Waukesha, Kalamazoo, St. Louis and many other cities. 



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