It's a rare moment in time when hot rodders and restorers can see eye to eye. Usually a hot rodder will look at a bone-stock car and envision just how cool he could make it by chopping the top, setting the stance, and nailing a stoke V-8 to the 'rails. At the same time a restorer would look at the car and become passionate about its purity and impact the original designs had on the automotive world. Everyone knows the stories that pass of the old timer who held onto a bone stocker for decades; refusing countless offers by potential buyers for fear that they were hot rodders who would butcher the car. Mike Dingman is one of those rare guys who has lived life in the automotive world being able to appreciate both sides of the spectrum. As a hard-core collector of vintage Fords he has also raced them, and owns some of the neatest hot rods around.

Having worked with Jim Lowrey of Lowrey's Hot Rods and Restoration in Tilton, New Hampshire, for many years on the restoration side of the house, there was no question on who he would work with when the call came for a new hot rod to be built. Lowrey came across a 1936 convertible sleeping in a local barn that was solid and in need of a full makeover. A deal was made and the car was hauled back to the shop for the magic to begin for Mike. After disassembly, a decision was made to upgrade its tired spine. A call was placed to Cornhusker Rod & Custom for one of their stout replacement chassis that included fully boxed 'rails, to which the crew at Lowrey's added custom crossmembers. For ultimate handling a Total Cost Involved IFS was added to the mix suspended with Aldan coilover shocks while Wilwood disc brakes added plenty of whoa to the mix. Out back, a Currie 9-inch Ford rear was secured into place along with a custom four-bar suspension combined with Aldan coilovers and 11-inch Ford drum brakes to round everything out. Nothing says style like a set of wide whites on steelies topped with rings and 1946 Ford caps.

When it came time for adding the gusto, Roush Performance served up for one of their fire-breathing, but very streetable, 327-inch Ford small-blocks. It arrived filled with 10:1 forged pistons, a hydraulic roller cam, and special Roush heads to let it breathe through a Holley-topped Edelbrock intake. For go, three pedals make everything come to life. A TREMEC five-speed was bolted up filled with a heavy-duty Cobra clutch kit to link the performance together. With the rolling chassis loaded, the team at Lowrey's brought the body of the 1936 back to perfection by fine-tuning its steel while adding a subtle 2-inch chop before laying down a lustrous coating of Axalta Washington Blue enamel. As the final assembly of the roadster started to come together, a call was placed to Petter Davidsen of Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, to stitch up yards of ultra-soft dark red leather with plenty of classic style to match the theme of the car while the interior was complemented by a Juliano's banjo steering wheel and Haneline gauges. We're sure that this drop-top will see plenty of road miles with Mike at the wheel as he hits the open roads of New Hampshire.