Mike Huwe
1951 Ford
Walla Walla, Washington

Mike Huwe, from Walla Walla, Washington, took an interest in STREET RODDER's 2013 Road Tour vehicle: a 1951 Ford Custom DeLuxe Tudor sedan that is being built by Honest Charley Garage in Tennessee.

Mike's ride started out as a 1951 two-door sedan, too, though he is converting his into a business coupe. There is quite a bit of space between the rear window and the trunk on a business coupe, and hardly any space at all on a regular sedan.

For the conversion, Mike found a good donor car—a business coupe that had been totaled but still had a decent top, two front fenders, and driver door. After adding the new roof section to the sedan, he leaded in the seams, similar to what you would have seen on a car coming from the Ford factory.

From there the metalwork included replacing the rusty sections of the trunk, rocker panels, and portions of the floor.

The concept on Mike's car is that it should look like an early style custom, but with new technology under the skin (such as a Fatman Fabrications front clip, an air-conditioning system from Vintage Air, and a 350/350 engine and transmission combo).

The car won't get chopped (Mike is 6 feet, 4 inches), but it will get a hot rod black paintjob and a roll 'n' pleated interior. Mike is hoping his car will be finished in about a year, and we hope he'll send in a few pictures when it's done.