1935 Ford Flatback: Simple Elegance

1935 Ford Flatback

After looking Steve P’s ’37 Ford over, I realized how much I like the shape of the late ’30s Fords. Their big grilles, simple trim work, and curvy fenders add up to simple elegance. This ’35 Flatback isn’t quite as attractive as Steve’s ’37, but I still like its looks and it has the bonus of having an engine! It isn’t the original motor, but had a Lincoln V8 installed at some point in its past. After being in storage for 40 year, it is now up for grabs here on eBay in San Diego, California. I can see why ’30s cars are so popular with hot rodders, they just look good! Since this one has a non-original motor, would you customize it more or try to preserve what originality is left?


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  1. Arnie

    This is actually 1936 Ford.

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  2. SoCal Car Guy

    It may be a 1935, but that’s a ’36 front end (grill, hood, fenders).

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    • Todd Sloan

      I agree, that is a 36 nose. My very first car was a1936 four door humpback. I was 13 years old, paid $100 for it from my paper route income.

  3. Jose

    The ’36 had a humpback trunk. I know. I owned one many years ago.

    • Fred

      humpback and flat back were both offered by Ford

  4. Mark E

    Patina enthusiasts should love this one! Also, since all the modifications were done over 40 years ago, I personally would leave it pretty much the way it is with the flathead Lincoln engine, Mercury heads and 6v power system. It’s a testament to early hot roding the way it stands!

  5. Vince Habel

    Would make a nice rod. Power it by your choice.

  6. motodog

    I think the ad is incorrect, that this is a ’36 Ford slant back tudor and it has already been hot rodded. That looks like a ’49 – ’53 255ci. Mercury flat head under the hood although the text describes it as a Lincoln.

  7. Mark in Medford

    35 Fords had the 5 on 5.5 wheel bolt pattern that was used again later, 36 Fords had the wide 5 bolt pattern as seen on this 36. Another way to tell a 35 body from a 36 is that the cowl panel that is covered by the back of the hood side panels has a big X stamped into it in 36. 1940 hydraulic brakes could be used on this 36 and still use the wide 5 wheels and drums.

  8. geomechs geomechs Member

    For me it would have the original (type) 21 stud flathead in it. But then I’m rather steeped in the need for period correctness. Nice car, too nice to be rodded.

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