There are a lot of different ways we can build our dream cars. In the above video, you’ll see the final result of Lee Morrow and his wife’s dream hotrod. Morrow has always been into Resto-Rods so when he began searching for his project car, he had a short list of requirements. It had to be relatively unmolested, a 3-window Ford Coupe and it had to be an all original all steel car. This short list narrowed the field of potential cars dramatically. After quite a while of searching, Morrow found the one.
The previous owner advertised the car for sale; he had owned the car for 49 years and it seemed his family had other interests beyond the cool old hotrod. The car was exactly what the Morrows were looking for. A solid base, unchopped and old-school. They drove the car essentially as it was for a couple years before they decided to turn it into the dream car vision they had been creating. Over the course of the next 7 years, Lee Morrow collected parts to build the car. He started with a Total Cost Involved Pro Street Chassis that is utilizing RideTech Shockwaves and built up from there.
A previous accident required Morrow to replace the firewall and floor. He then tubbed it out for bigger rubber. When they got the 34’ 3-window, it was running a Chevy Small Block. Morrow and his family are, as they describe, “Blue Oval Loyalists” and pulled the motor in favor of a Roush 427 IR that is putting out 560 horsepower and 540 pound feet of torque. In the above video, Roush Product Engineer Mark Yagelo describes more on the aluminum block power plant.
Morrow utilized the talents of a few friends when building this masterpiece. Over the 7 year built process, the car never left his home property. Body work, paint and interior were all done inside his personal 2 car garage. The original dash was sent out to Dakota Digital to have a custom set of gauges installed within the original bezels. The leather interior and Dayton Wire wheels complete the restoration.
Lee Morrow is extremely thankful to all those who helped him including his friends, amazing wife and the technical support teams of companies whose product found its way on the car. All in all, seven years and more than 4,200 hours working on the car have culminated in an amazing car that hits the target as the Morrow’s dream car.