CAL-RODS MARCH 2018 FEATURED CAR
Written by Doug Bithell
OWNERS: JOHN & BLANCA DURAN
YEAR: 1947 MAKE AND MODEL: FORD 4 DOOR DELUXE
COLOR: FOREST GREEN UPHOLSTERY: TAN MOHAIR
ENGINE: MERCURY FLATHEAD TRANS: STOCK 3 SPEED
REAR END: COLUMBIA 2 SPEED FRONT END: 4” DROPPED AXEL
WHEELS: STEEL WITH BEAUTY RIMS
March’s featured Car is the somewhat stock looking restomode belonging to John and Blanca Duran. This car has that special appearance of being very comfortable with its age and still being a hot rod. Its paint and chrome/stainless work are the original factory stuff. The upholstery is the original type mohair. The engine, although having been replaced by a Mercury engine, still looks like a dressed up original.
Doc Conroy of the club has helped John with most of the creature comforts and changes such as, rewiring the car, pulling the motor 2 times, pulling the trans three times, changing the rear end, changing axles, changing to disc brakes, installing new gauges in the old bezel of the dash, and numerous other jobs. Needless to say the old Ford has kept John and Doc quite busy.
About 22 yeas ago John was driving a Ranchero when a guy driving down the street flagged John down and asked if he would like to trade cars. John liked the 47 Ford and said “OK”. The rest is history as they agreed to trade right then and there.
John has taken the Ford to a lot of local events including Rubys, Santa Anita, Whittier Church Show, Legends, and many more. About the furthest he has taken it is the Palm Springs Dr. George Show.
This classic car presents itself extremely well and I am glad it is one our Cal-Rods’ collection.