Jim Hurley's 1949 Ford
1949 Ford owned and restyled by Renegades of Long Beach car club member Jim Hurley of Long Beach, California. According to fellow Renegades member Harold Johnson, the car was all white when Jim was asked to join the club. Jim did most of the bodywork on the car in high school. He graduated in 1953. Jim's son, Rex Hurley believes he fit it with a 1955 Ford grille in 1955. A top bar from a 1951 Ford was mounted above the '55 grille. When the car was featured in Car Craft May 1957, it featured parking lights from a 1952 Chevrolet. The rear of the car featured a shaved deck lid and frenched the 1952 Buick taillight lenses. This version of the car was painted burgundy and white with side trim from a 1955 Oldsmobile separating the colors. The car also sported small spotlights and Oldsmobile Fiesta hubcaps. According to Rex, the louvers in the hood had to be done around 1955/1956.
Jim did the interior in white Roll and Pleat Naugahyde. To complete the car he also junked the original flathead motor in favor of a 1951 Oldsmobile V8 featuring solid lifters, adjustable pushrods, and dual Stromberg 97s on an Offenhauser intake manifold.
In 1957, when Jim was dating his coming wife, the 1949 Ford was parked, and he drove a customized 1955 Ford Thunderbird. He sold the '49 to one of his students in the mid 1960s, when he was doing an addition to the house.
In 2014 Jim's son, Rex set out to clone his dad's old custom. Rex is building the car in the same house and the same garage as his dad. Using the same tools that his father used. "On his wrenches, he always put a punch mark in the center of the C in Craftsman," Rex told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama in 2019. The garage has a pit with an engine hoist above that Jim built. Before Jim passed away, Rex promised him he would build the car.
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