Bair Customs


Bair Customs partnered up with Steve Rinard on this ultimate sleeper, tire burning four-door. Pull out the original flathead V-8 powertrain and add a modernized 5.0 L fuel injected V8 with four speed overdrive transmission and upgraded 8.8 Ford differential. Upgrade the brake system with a four wheel disc brake set up and power master cylinder. Upgrade the entire fuel system with a custom gas tank and fuel pump, and new AN lines and fittings. Upgrade cooling system with a new custom aluminum radiator with cooling fan. Upgrade the entire wiring to 12 V capability. Upgrade the exhaust system with shorty polished headers and custom 2 1/2 inch dual exhaust.

The Ford line of cars was again refreshed for 1952, although remaining similar to the all-new 1949 Fords. This time, curved one-piece windshield glass joined a new “Mileage Maker” straight-6 engine with 101 hp. The 226 CID (3.7 L) L-head straight-6 was replaced by an overhead valve 215 CID (3.5 L) Mileage Maker with 101 hp (75 kW), while the old 239 CID (3.9 L) Flathead V8 remained with 110 hp (82 kW).

The model lines were again reshuffled, with the base model now called “Mainline” and mid-level called “Customline”. The top “Crestline” included the “Sunliner” convertible, “Victoria” hardtop, and “Country Squire” station wagon. Inside was a “flight-style” control panel and new pedals suspended from below the dashboard. A voltmeter, gas gauge, temp. gauge, and oil pressure where standard. The clock and radio were in the center of the dash. The grille sported a single center “bullet” surrounded by a chrome ring as well as “jet intake” corner markers. New trunk hinges were used that would not crush the contents of the trunk. The brake and clutch pedal were now suspended. Wheelbase was 115 in (2,921 mm).

In these years, an overdrive transmission option was available.

1953 was Ford’s 50th anniversary. The big news for 1953 was the availability of power-assisted brakes and steering, which had previously been limited to the Mercury and Lincoln lines. The center grill bullet lost its ring and was now flanked by vertical black stripes, while the corner markers were plain rectangular lights rather than the circular “intakes”. All 1953 Fords featured commemorative steering wheels marking the company’s 50th anniversary. William Clay Ford paced the Indianapolis 500 in a Sunliner convertible with a dummy Continental tire kit (Coronado kit). This was also the last year for real wood trim on the Country Squire wagon. Toward the end of the year, Ford added “Master-Guide” power steering as an option on cars with V8s. Full instramentaion was still used. A unusual service provided by Ford was that the radio preset buttons would already be set to local stations by the dealer. The heater was $44.

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