The Great Northwest has a lot of great customized cars, street rods, and hot rods, so it wasn’t an easy task to narrow down the field to one when it came time to pick the Ford Performance Parts/STREET RODDER Best Ford in a Ford Award at the 2019 Medford Rod & Custom Show Presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts. After searching the entire show, we wandered back and forth between a bright red 1932 Ford Tudor with a Weber carbureted small-block Ford with Cobra valve covers and Mark Daley’s 1950 Ford Custom DeLuxe two-door sedan.
Originally the 1950 was built in California and then transplanted to Arizona and then sold to a guy in Houston, Texas, who owned it six years before he sold it to Mark. The Texan was pretty up front about the 1950 needing a little love to bring it back to snuff. Mark added the three-carb setup to the 302 Ford engine and gave the 1950 a major mechanical service and detailing. When it’s not in the occasional custom car show Mark’s shoebox Ford spends most of its time as a daily driver, or should we have said Daley’s driver? OK no more corny jokes … well maybe one more. Getting down to the lowered stance of the 1950 shoebox is thanks to Shorty’s Lowrider Shop in Houston laying it down on RideTech air suspension with a bridge-notched frame in the rear and Fatman Fabrication drop spindles up front. The tires are wide white radials mounted on 15-inch steel wheels with Cadillac hubcaps.
Under the hood of Mark’s pearlescent baby blue 1950 is a 302 Ford with a mild cam and a trio of Autolite two-barrel carbs. The transmission is the forever dependable Ford C4 three-speed automatic coupled to a 9-inch Ford rearend. For chilled comfort and hi-res sound riding in the bone white tuck ’n’ roll interior there’s Vintage Air A/C and a Sony Xplod sound system. The custom body modifications are a 3-inch top chop frenched headlights and antenna.
Mark is a custom bike builder by profession and operates ThunderStruck Custom Bikes in the scenic green hills of Medford, Oregon.
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