Gas Rationed: 1936 Ford Fordor Model 68 standard

Finding World War II specific items is always an interesting and fascinating thrill. This ’36 Ford still faintly wears a letter “A” on its windscreen from fuel rationing during this time. Thankfully having survived so well throughout time, this Ford is a real gem today due to its condition, and drivability. Having received plenty of maintenance, and a rebuilt engine, this Ford may be original paint, and possibly an excellent example of a survivor. Ready to drive, this Ford has an opening bid of $16,000. Find it here on ebay out of Los Osos, California.

Dusty but still pumping, this 21 stud Flathead V8 runs very well as it was rebuilt in 2003. After the rebuilt engine was installed this Ford spent most of its time in a garage. Don’t let the dust fool you, this engine, and bay, would likely clean up beautifully. The radiator was also replaced near the time of the rebuild, insuring a cool and happy Flathead. Although receiving a lot of maintenance, this Ford is still 6 volt, but suffers from dim headlamps.

Absolutely beautiful inside, this ’36 Ford must be a delight to drive. The interior has been completely reupholstered, with modern sound deadening added to help soak up some of the noise. Also the floor boards were replaced before the installation of the new carpet to insure a solid and trouble free future.  A “Lebaron Bonney” interior kit was used to complete the interior and the owner had a custom carpet made for the front of the cabin, versus the original rubber mat.  Beyond the upholstery work, the rest of the interior is in nice condition. The dash and steering wheel look excellent, and the only issue with the interior lays with the fuel gauge, which its reading is slightly off. Besides that issue, this interior is lovely.

There is a lovely glow to the paint on this old Ford, and it is quite possible that this may be original paint, or a very old repaint. Although the spare tire cover has been repainted by the current owner. Despite this paints lovely shine, there are some areas worth pointing out. The seller has mentioned that the front fenders could use a repaint, dependent upon your tastes, but he left them as is, to maintain this cars originality. With that being said, the front fenders look the worst of the body, with paint chipping and mild surface rust, but they do not stand out, or look terrible in my opinion. Also the seller mentions that the grill, or hood, could stand to be realigned to gain a better fitment at the hood ornament area. Despite some minor flaws, this Ford and its seller, seem quite straight and honest in regards to the sale, making this Ford appear as a great opportunity. Will you be bidding on this well maintained classic?



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  1. big kahuna

    Nice car. Seller is dreaming, opening bid of 16.5K is about 5-6k more than it is worth.

    • Jack

      I feel that this car is easly worth $20K. Try to build up a 36 for anywhere less then this amount to the same condition.

  2. JW454

    I wonder who designed the heater system? Well… maybe it gets the job done. This is a nice looking car that I think I’d just leave as is.

    • geomechs geomechs Member

      Hi JW. That heater system uses hot air off the exhaust manifold. It was used a fair bit by all makes during the thirties although it lost out to the coolant system types. I’ve got a friend with a ’37 that still uses that type of heater. He says it works very well; almost too well. Maybe in a typical northern winter it would do its job but for the spring and fall chill it’s overkill….

      • Fred W.

        That type heater system is scary, as a leaky manifold or donut gasket could cause you to push up daisies.

  3. geomechs geomechs Member

    Just keep this one cleaned up and enjoy it as is. Those leather or vinyl seats are going to be a little hot most of the time but you can always use a blanket over top. They were originally cloth; leather was only used in convertibles and ‘tubs.’ This car could come to my place but it’s well past my budget….

  4. CapNemo

    I love this car. I love car.

  5. Howard A Member

    I’d make a vintage police car tribute out of this.

    • terry

      Please, no more cop car tributes. That ship sailed long ago. How about a moonshine runner instead?

      • Howard A Member

        Hi Terry, I feel, you can never have too many LEO tributes. It’s the toughest job, and we need to remind ourselves of that, as much as we can. Besides, if this doesn’t become something like a that, it will most assuredly become a resto-mod. ( guess that’s ok too) Besides, the car of choice for moonshiners, was the 1940 Ford coupe.

  6. Joe Haska

    Appears to be a nice car, and a lot of the issues that most early Fords have, dim lights, sticky doors, window regulators not working, probably bad brakes if it hasn’t been converted to hydraulics. However, the biggest issue is its a 36 four-door, same old story 36 is not all that popular, unless it is an open car or coupe. I think 16K is all the money plus some, unless you have a buyer that is in love and lust, for some reason!

  7. Jack

    A good coupe of those years is getting harder and harder to find—–rodders etc. are happy to find even a 4dr. to work with. I agree that most want a cpe. etc., but the prices are as much as 3 times as much for one if you can even find one. A good restored 36 of any body style is something many would love to have. I have a unrestored 36 2-dr. that I would be willing to trade for that 4-dr.. I just purchased a 35 4-dr that is totally restored, and I have another 35 4-dr. that I was trying to complete and I figure I’m better off with the restored one.for what I would have invested when I was done.w/restoring the other one.

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