Jim Barentine’s 31 Model A Ford Using a Powerline Speed frame
In the beginning...an ugly duckling
BODY: 1931 slant window 4dr town sedan with a
2” chop. Approximately 12” was removed
from the body length by sectioning rear
doors with the quarter windows. The
front doors were lengthened 4” or
approximately the length of a 31 Victoria
A 63 Plymouth trunk lid was used to fill the area over the windshield and
the roof from the 63 was used to fill the
remaining area of the top. A flat firewall was welded to the cowl panels
leaving only the top hood shelf. Rear wheel
wells were hand built using a pneumatic shrinker-stretcher. 47 Chevy tail
lights were frenched vertically to the
rear corners. A frenched license plate mount was also installed.
ENGINE: 1957 Desoto Firedome hemi bored .040 Intake was hand built by Jim and finish
welding done by Bobby.
TRANSMISSION: Mopar 518 built by Eddie Hillman Pensacola Florida
REAREND: Mopar 8.75 A-body Ladder bars built at Powerline Speed by Bobby
WHEELS: Weld with spinners and centers painted matching engine color.
This flyer from PRC came in the goody bag handed out at Texas Motor Speedway Goodguys
Lonestar Nationals. The radiator was custom made for the 31 Ford by PRC