Featured on HotRod.com, this '36 Ford rides on Rocket Racing Wheels Igniter Gray wheels with Rocket Vintage 3 Bar Knockoff
Hot August Nights in Reno, Nevada, draws every type of specialty car and truck: every make and model, every body style, every conceivable build style, and every type of engine. STREET RODDER is here looking for Fords. But not just Fords—cool Fords, well-done Fords, eye-catching Fords, and most importantly, Ford-powered Fords. This 1936 Ford two-door humpback sedan fits all of those descriptions. When it wasn’t cruising around to all the various cruises taking place in the area over the weekend, it was on display at the Grand Sierra Resort.
When Tom & Carrol Simanek started looking for a street rod a few years ago, their sights were set on a 1937 sedan. Instead, they discovered this 1936 Ford Model 68 two-door humpback for sale on the internet and fell in love with it. It was a finished car when they got it, but Tom told us he has been “making it my own” during the past year, with a number of modifications done in the Simaneks’ home garage. Tom has pulled apart the interior, rewired the car, remounted the air conditioning, “rattletrapped” the doors and floor, upgraded the front windows and channels, redone the transmission, and replaced the front springs and shocks with Posies transverse leaf springs and hydraulic shocks.
The bright two-tone paint is a combination of Tangello and Platinum. The steel body stayed stock, but the factory frame had been replaced with custom tube ’rails. The 15×6 Rocket Racing Wheels Igniter series wheels are accessorized with rings and three-bar knockoff caps and roll on 215/65R15 and 255/70R15 BFG tires. Disc brakes all-around take care of the stopping.
Bucket front seats and the rear bench have been upholstered in grey leather. The dash, painted the same platinum color as the top, matches the seats—and houses a set of Ford Racing gauges. The tall Lokar shifter rises almost as high as the top of the Grant banjo steering wheel on a tilt column.
For Tom and Carrol, one requirement for their Ford street rod was that it had to have a Ford engine under the hood. We can’t think of a better time-honored choice for the ’36 humpback than a carbureted Ford 302 roller—especially when backed up by a C4 transmission. Carrol says she thinks it’s sacrilege to put anything but a Ford in a Ford. Tom says the key to a long happy marriage is not arguing with your wife.
Speaking of long happy marriages, Tom and Carrol started dating in high school, got married as teenagers, and are celebrating their 50th anniversary with a 4,000 round-trip road trip from Port Aransas, Texas, to Reno for Hot August Nights.