All Out Custom: 450-Horsepower 1937 Ford Sedan Made With Attitude

The build on this custom 1937 Ford has stood up to the test of both time and the road and still looks like it’s fresh out of the garage. The owner and builder, Khyle Milham of Sequim, Washington, finished the build around a decade ago! The paint is still shining, the engine is still growling, and this decade-old hotrod still has attitude! This is the kind of hotrod that really gets us going.

This is a really classic looking hotrod, and we love the simple white paint. It's a clean look that really does well on this '37 Ford sedan.

“It was in pieces when I bought it,” Khyle explained. “I put it together and installed all-new floors, new quarters, and had to fix a big dent in the roof.” The project was far from easy, but Khyle knew what he was getting into and he was ready for a big project. “I was looking for a coupe,” Khyle said. “This came up and the price was right.” While it’s not the coupe he was looking for, it’s the flat-back style that Khyle likes, and in the end, it turned out really nice.

The gray flames along the bottom of the windows are a nice touch. They flow off of the pinstripe that starts by the nose. A really cool look that you could almost miss if you weren’t paying attention.

The car was originally from Idaho and there was pretty much nothing on the frame when Khyle brought home. So when we say in pieces, it was really in pieces. It was like a blank slate for Khyle to work with, and he thoroughly upgraded the drivetrain. Now it features a 383 cubic-inch stroker motor with a turbo-350 automatic transmission and a Ford 8-inch rearend with 3.25:1 gears.

A very nice build, it's the little details like the word "attitude" painted inside the vent that really make this such a cool hotrod.

The suspension has seen a few upgrades as well and now features a Mustang II front end with rack and pinion steering. To help keep the new powerplant cool Khyle added a Walker radiator, and to keep things flowing he added an Edelbrock 750cfm carburetor. And of course, some say the shoes make the outfit, and the Centerline wheels that Khyle put on his hotrod really complete the look of the build.

The centerline wheels really finish out the look of the car.

Khyle did everything on the car other than the interior, he sourced that to Brain’s Upholstery in Gold Bar, Washington. Even the custom center console was of Khyle’s creation, it was just covered by Brian’s upholstery to match the rest of the interior. For instrumentation, Khyle went with a compliment of Classic Instruments gauges. A fine choice that really compliment the hotrod style build that he put together.

The interior is simple, clean, and very well done. The cloth adds a cool look that is more subtle than a vinyl would be. We're sure those seats are much cooler on a hot summer day than vinyl would be!

With a car so cool, could someone really pick out a favorite aspect of the build? For Khyle, it’s how much fun it is to drive. It’s a good-looking car for sure, but when Khyle built it, he made it for more than just show—it’s made just as much to go! ”It’s the power,” Khyle said. “It’s got 450-horsepower and it’s a lot of fun to drive.”

About the author

Kyler Lacey

A 2015 Graduate from Whitworth University, Kyler has always loved cars. He grew up with his dad's '67 Camaro in the garage and started turning wrenches at a young age. At seventeen, he bought his first classic, a '57 Chevy Bel Air four-door, and has since added a '66 Plymouth Valiant and '97 Cadillac Deville to his collection. When he isn't writing for Power Automedia, he's out shooting pictures at car shows, hiking in the forests of the beautiful Pacific Northwest, or working on something in the garage.
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