Paul Wood's 1953 Ford
Built on the Street
"Back in the day, Woody had no garage, and he often worked on the car in the street," Ken Bausert told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama in 2017. Photos of the car taken in 1961 show it with a padded top, and a shaved and louvered hood. "The rear fenders were extended and flanked a Continental kit in the rear. The hood had louvers punched in, and scoops were molded into the rear quarter panels." Covered in primer, the door handles are also shaved, and it has been dressed up with dual dummy spotlights and 1957 Cadillac hubcaps.
Canted Quads and Scoops
By 1962 Woody had restyled the Ford further, and at the time it featured canted quad headlights, a new grille cavity, and a pancaked hood. Power came from a 1955 Buick engine. According to Ken, Woody wound up having the most customized cars in our neighborhood. "The problem was that he never finished his cars. The 49 Merc never really got done. He sold it before it was finished. He then bought the 1953 Ford that he did a lot of work on and sold. Woody also did a lot of work for other people, including me."
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