Arizona restorer takes on a ’36 stainless-steel Ford
As an auto restorer with a penchant for the unique, Lon Krueger of Scottsdale, Ariz., has experienced a lot of challenges. But one car presented him with the one-of-a-kind challenge he won’t ever likely experience again: the restoration of a stainless-steel 1936 Ford.Really, you have to see this car to believe it:
The stainless-steel two-door sedan is one of six 1936 Ford Tudors built in a unique partnership between Allegheny Ludlum, a pioneer in stainless-steel production, and auto pioneer Henry Ford. It is one of only four that survives today. Add to the tally five newer stainless-steel models built in 1960 (two Ford Thunderbirds) and 1967 (two Lincoln Continental sedans and one Lincoln Continental convertible), and the total of stainless-steel cars known to exist is just nine. That makes Krueger’s restoration experiences as unique as the cars themselves. It also required some trial and error to master the process, with no room left for error in the final product.
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Damn, but that's pretty flippin' sweet...
Now, as Weer'd pointed out, this wouldn't have been a speed demon, far from it. With the extra weight of the stainless steel body and doors, combined with the anemic power of the straight 8 (85 HP, about what a VW Bug's 1600 cc engine put out in a significantly lighter car), meant that 0-60 times would have been measured with a calendar.
But damn, you would look gooooood waiting to get there.
That is all.