This 1947 Ford Business Coupe has a unique history. The story begins some 50 years ago when Randy's good friend, Karl, came to him to build his '47 Ford Business Coupe. The car was built in a period style and enjoyed for many years. Fast forward to now, Karl came back to his long time friend Randy and the HR&CS team to go through the old Ford again. This time the plan included a little more comfort, reliability, and style.
The factory chassis was stripped down and upgraded with a Heidt's Superride independent front suspension with rack and pinion steering, a Chassis Engineering rear leaf spring conversion kit, power brake conversion, and provisions for a small block Chevy and automatic overdrive transmission. The 400HP/400ft.lbs ZZ5 350ci small block Chevy was equipped with Sanderson Headers, a custom exhaust, Holley carburetor, Bill's Hot Rod brackets and pulley's, and power steering. The chassis was finished off with a set of Wilwood Disc brakes and a set of Circle Racing Lakester wheels (Front - 16x7 Rear - 16x8) wrapped in Goodyear tires (Front - 205/60R16 Rear - 255/65R16).
The body was stripped down in our media blast booth here at HR&CS with garnet media. From there the metal work, custom modifications, and minor rust repair was completed by our fabrication shop. Once the fabrication work was complete, the '47 Ford headed to our paint and body shop for some long hours block sanding and a show quality two tone paint job.
Like many of our projects, the '47 Ford coupe started with Lizard Skin sound and heat insulation. The custom leather upholstery and custom carpet were done in house, along with the custom rear seat fabrication. The front seat is two Glide Engineering power bucket seats modified into a split bench allowing the driver to have full independent adjustability. The interior also received a tilt column with LeCarra steering wheel, chrome dash trim, a sun visor mounted monitor for the backup camera, and power windows.
The Smith's 1947 Ford Business Coupe was finished up and debuted at the Grand National Roadster Show 2016 taking 1st place in its class.