It amazes us to see how well prewar American cars were built, take this 1932 Ford Model 18 Tudor for example. We've seen countless cars half this age that are rusted to the point of not being identifiable, yet this 80 year old Ford is still solid and likely still wearing the original paint. This car would be a great starting point for everything from a full restore to a customized rod. If you've been looking for a great '32 Ford V8 this car is currently being offered on eBay with an optimistic starting bid of $35,000.
This Ford Tudor is powered by the iconic flathead V8 and this is believed to be the car's original engine. Sadly, its the area that suffered the most exposure to the elements and is now seized up. These engines were well built, so we would try pouring some Marvel Mystery oil in the cylinders to see if it will break lose. This engine is what made these cars so popular as hot rods and gassers in the 1950s. It also is why its hard to come across one that hasn't already been modified.
The interior is rough, but for a car that's been sitting for the past 63 years in storage, it's surprisingly intact. The upholstery will obviously need a complete redo and it's hard to tell what else will need to be redone, but thankfully there isn't much to these old cars. Hopefully some of the old parts can be reused and some of that great aged look can be preserved.
What's truly amazing about this barn find is the fact that the original manual is still with the car. It's hard to find a ten year old car with the original manuals, more less one that's 80 years old. Having the manual doesn't really add much resell value, but its still amazing none the less.
Hopefully who ever ends up buying this car will leave the exterior of the car original. Most of these cars end up either being completely restored or turned into rat rods, and while they look great either way, it would be awesome to keep the car just as it was the day it was pulled from the barn. The seller's asking price seems a bit high to us, but if the engine ends up being salvageable it might be worth the investment. What do you guys think? Is the seller dreaming or is their asking price right in the ball park? Also, what would you guys do with this Ford V8? Leave it alone or hot rod it?