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Ford fancier finally gets his hot rod

Wednesday, 15th March, 2017

Glen Simmons and his custom rod set to hit the streets of the Hill. PICTURE: Michael Murphy Glen Simmons and his custom rod set to hit the streets of the Hill. PICTURE: Michael Murphy

By Michael Murphy

THE streets of the Silver City are set to get a bit more classier later this week when Glen Simmons gets his 1937 Ford Businessman’s Coupe registered.

The retired boilermaker and motor mechanic picked up his dream car on Australia Day last year, parting with $40,000 for the custom-made hot rod.

He’s had his eye on the car for some time, and when he saw the listing on Gumtree, he did the deal.

“I’ve been wanting one since I was about 17,” said Glen, who is a member of the Broken Hill Desert Rats Rod and Custom Club.

“We found one up the bush years ago completely buggered and I thought I wouldn’t mind getting one of them one day.”

The year 1937 was a big one for Ford. The previous year it had lost a lot of ground in the sales department to Chevrolet.

The 1937 model was to be Ford’s saviour, and it was unveiled to the public in Detroit in the grandest fashion, with 41 special trains transporting dealers from across the country for the big event.

Ford made just over 100,000 standard and deluxe 1937 coupes.

Glen’s - with a fibreglass body, red velvet interior, 289 Windsor motor and a C4 auto transmission - was made by Rodz North, a business ran by a Queensland couple who sell them worldwide.

The custom rod was built about ten years ago and has travelled about 13,000 kilometres, but Glen has sunk more than 50 hours of work into it to make it roadworthy in NSW.

“I hope to register it this week,” he said yesterday.

“I’ve just been waiting for an engineer ... so it should be up and running by the end of the week.”

The former North mineworker has been working on the coupe under his carport because he has a few other beauties taking up space in the shed.

They include a black 1966 Ford Mustang convertible, a black 1955 Buick Roadmaster, and his next project, a purple 1953 Ford F100.

But Glen, who is now 56, went for reliability for his very first car, a Toyota Corolla.

He drove that around for about 18 months before falling for the classic lines of a Ford XA coupe, a car he wished he still had in his stable.

“It would be worth a quid now.”

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