We see rods and customs of all kinds in our line of work. Some cars are old school, some use the latest technology and parts to create an ultra modern interpretation of the classic rod. Then there are those that blur the line a bit between both worlds, combining some of what worked in the past with a sprinkling of modern influence.
Such is the case with TCI Engineering customer Ned Foss’s 1934 Ford Sedan. Built on a TCI Show Package dropped axle chassis, this rod takes some of the best engineering from today and melds it successfully with ideas from the past. There are of course the beautiful lines of the ’34 with it’s unique front fenders. We’ve always wondered exactly who came up with that exact design and how much work had to go into the original tooling to make those sharp curves and lines. It also remains full fendered and still wears it’s running boards and bumpers, something not always seen these days.
The car rides on a dropped axle front end with leaf springs and four-link rear that utilizes coilovers. Propulsion is provided by a small-block Chevy displacing 383 cubic inches. Exhaust notes come via California Street Rod headers and Borla exhaust. Shifting gears is another old school favorite, the 350 turbo transmission. Backing it all up is a Currie Enterprises 9-inch rearend. Stopping is handled by disc brakes on the front and drums at the rear.
Fuel is supplied from a Rock Valley fuel tank. Paint and body duties were handled by Transformations Unlimited and Danny’s Paint Shop. Suicide doors along with Halibrand wheels wrapped in BFG rubber add to the nostalgic feel. Inside, the interior is done in black with plenty of billet accents and right off you notice the unique Billet Specialties steering wheel. There’s also a billet dropped column, and it appears some Billet Specialties handles used for the door controls and a Vintage Air system keeps occupants comfortable during those long cruises.
The exterior is simple, painted in a solid color, with minimal trim, and what appears to be a modest chop, allowing the lines of the ’34 to stand on their own. This example of classic elements coupled with modern technology likely makes for quite a fun-to-drive car. It would certainly appear from some of the under carriage photos that Foss does just that, which for us is the largest part of what rodding is really all about. For even more pics and details on this subtle yet very impressive cruiser, check out TCI Engineering FaceBook page.