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1936 Ford "Sublime" Custom Roadster
Est. 360+ bhp, 350 cu. in. Chevrolet ZZ4 V-8 engine with Barry Grant Tri-Power induction system, GM 700-R4 four-speed automatic overdrive transmission, four-wheel independent C4 Corvette suspension with Bilstein coil-over shock absorbers, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 120"

- From a prominent private collection
- Based upon an original Chip Foose-penned design
- Smooth and subtle, with innumerable handmade alterations
- Numerous awards

This incredible 1936 Ford Roadster, known as “Sublime,” was initially designed by renowned automotive artist Chip Foose. Joe Gosnell and his wife, who sadly died during the early phases of construction, originally commissioned it. It was offered for sale in project form, including the radical custom chassis then under construction at John West Fabrications, a Division of Dan Fink’s Metalworks. In 2002, noted classic-car collectors Dick and Helen Rash purchased the project and engaged Thun Field Rod & Custom to complete it.
The build required three years to complete and was overseen by Thun Field’s Marshall Woolery, while Gary Sutherland, Jr. handled fabrication duties and Russ Jadin performed mechanical work. In addition to the removal of the car’s original roof, the body was channeled, sectioned and then widened by two inches from the firewall back. Literally, every body panel was skillfully altered or completely re-fabricated to produce the car’s final shape.

A new grille was fabricated using 22-gauge sheet metal and slanted back at a 35-degree rake. The hand-made, highly modified front fenders combine the best original ’37 Chevy, ’36 Ford and ’36 Hudson elements, while the highly modified ’39 Lincoln Zephyr rear fenders were finished with custom skirts.

The rear portion of the car flows seamlessly into the passenger compartment and across the widened and forward-angled doors, lending the visual impression that “Sublime” actually left the Ford assembly line as a roadster in 1936. The majority of the rear deck was custom-made. The show-quality body prep and PPG Indigo Blue paintwork was completed by John Byers of Byers Paint and Restoration, the shop that has also contributed to the success of several Pebble Beach Concours winners.

The aforementioned custom frame by John West Fabrications features an extended 120-inch wheelbase and an ultra-modern, fully independent C4 Corvette-based suspension system with Bilstein coil-overs and rack-and-pinion steering. Under the hood is a hot yet perfectly street-able 350-cubic inch Chevy ZZ4 V-8 engine producing 355+ hp with a Barry Grant Tri-power unit and tubular headers, mated to a GM 700-R4 four-speed automatic overdrive unit by Phoenix Transmission.

McFarland Custom Upholstery fitted the Glide Engineering seats and custom panels in contrasting red leather and wool upholstery. Yet another stunning detail is the custom-built windshield fitted by Dave Seacrest, supported by a pair of vintage posts and raked to match the 35-degree angle of the radiator grille. Among the many other fascinating details of “Sublime,” a pair of custom-machined taillight housings matches the period bullet-shaped E&J headlights, which were beautifully frenched into the front fenders.

“Sublime” has predictably won accolades and awards wherever it has appeared. Venues include the Seattle Roadster Show, the Del Mar Goodguys Street Rod Show and the FAB 5 Spokane, Washington Goodguys meet. In addition, “Sublime” was invited to the Kirkland Concours d’Elegance, where it earned the Judge’s Award. Most recently, “Sublime” was the subject of a feature article in the February 2009 edition of Street Rodder magazine.

The breathtaking product of over 6,000 man-hours of unbridled creativity, “Sublime” is heavily influenced by the best Classic Era design elements and steeped in America’s time-honored customizing tradition. “Sublime” will definitely continue to blur both time and space In the Pack Automotive Museum collection.

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