Bret Marvin of Indianapolis and his beloved Road Rockets Car Club spent three years working daily – even one Christmas – to complete this beautiful 1941 Ford Full Custom automobile. Bret was born and raised in Danville, Ill, where full custom cars were all the rage. He knew someday that he would build one too.
This example has had 85 body modifications, including buggy springs and front end suspension parts with air in the rear section. The fenders were pre-molded and welded to the body, and all exterior parts like the doors, hood and deck lid have been rounded. Flush mounted skirts and slanted detailers were added with built-in lake pipes. The rear sports 1949 Lincoln taillights with bumpers from a 1946 smoothie, which have been narrowed and pushed in by 2 inches all around the body.
Bret said the only person who can restore an interior with a true custom 1950s look is Freddy Hale of Bristol, Tenn. So he trailered his car there to get it done right. The Candy Tangerine custom paint was done by Dustin Cooper of Avon, Ind., while all the metalwork was completed by Tom Colbertson.
The engine compartment shows off a 4-inch stroked flathead bored to 125 over with tri-power. Edelbrock heads, Jahns pistons, including 4 ¼ lift cams, complete the custom engine.
Bret’s proudest award came two summers ago when his ride was chosen as the Custom Car of the Year at the James Dean Festival in Fairmount, Ind.
Until next time, happy cruising!