There’s something about Tall Ts that fascinate me—especially the sedans. I sure would like to build one like I have sketched up, starting with a ’27 Ford sedan.
Since ol’ Henry never had the ability to build a complete top and made a fabric top, I thought of using any Model A sedan sides and sections to cut and fit a roll and wedge top—giving a very slight pie-cut feeling to the whole deal.
I would set the body down on ’32 ’rails with an ever-so-slight channel (3 or 4 inches max!). Within that channel I would slightly tip the body lower toward the front ’rails in the firewall area, just to give it a more aggressive stance. The frame would also tuck and fit a ’32 fuel tank with apron covers.
Out front, I’d use a favorite 4-inch dropped axle and hairpins. I really like a swinging mid-’60s feel and 12-spoke Radirs with small front brakes fit the bill. Older Airheart discs or a T-bucket setup—neatly placed up front to ensure good stopping—would do the trick. A Model T radiator shell and custom-built radiator could handle the cooling duties, with a set of lowered King Bees to illuminate evening trips to the local burger shack.
My powerplant choice would be the venerable SBC, stuffed with speed goodies and crowned with a 6x2 setup on a progressive linkage. Transmission is a choice, but being a fan of gear cars, I would use a five-speed for that ever-so-important overdrive. A polished aluminum firewall would be easy and provide superior razzle-dazzle.
As for the body itself, I would whack a few inches out of her and give more of a slight pie cut to show the already-stealthy feel. I’d keep the custom bead roll as seen in the sketch to give a custom flair. The devil is in the details. I would lather the exterior in a juicy orange paint, tinged with flake.
The rear suspension would consist of a Ford 9-inch and a possible tall T spring. Holding that in place would be chromed ladder bars of a custom creation. My choice of rear wheels would be highly chromed Cragar Unique Supremes—a real ’60s statement—wrapped in tall whitewall slicks. Groove cutting is an option. I would also create some bobbed rear fenders to wrap around the luscious rubber.
Inside this power-aide pumpkin would be a ’41 Ford dash with a custom gauge panel, and some nicely wrapped tuck ’n’ roll stitching with a custom tonneau cover over the rear area.
So there you have it—nothing left to do but hit the starter and cruise the boulevard.
Vroom vroom baby!