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Bob Rosencrants was attracted to the '49 Plymouth business coupe as a child-his grandfather had one and said one day he was going to give it to Bob. That never happened but, as Bob tells it: "some guys are attracted to ugly women-he likes ugly cars." Decades had passed and Bob was able to track down another coupe in Minnesota, but it wasn't the "no rust" project he was promised. Nonetheless he gave Ted Lesher, at Ted's Body Shop in Des Moines, IA, a call to do the build, which started with reinforcing the stock chassis.
The firewall was modified and the floorboards repaired and a Fatman Fabrications IFS system went in. A Ford 9-inch posi rear (3.55:1) with triangulated four-bar and a Moser axle slid underneath, too, and ShockWave shocks went in at each corner. An 11-inch front disc brake system (with ECI parts) was also installed, which work with the 11-inch drums out back.