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1952 Ford Customline
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1952 Ford Customline Club Coupe 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 101hp.  The 226ci L-head straight-6 was replaced by an overhead valve 215ci Mileage Maker with 101 hp, while the old 239ci flathead V8 remained with 110 hp. This design would continue through the 1954 model year, with an updated design offered in 1955.  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, and the Victoria hardtop, a tradition going back to 1932 with the Ford Victoria 2-door coupe.  The station wagon continued with the Country Squire.  Inside was a flight-style control panel and new pedals suspended from below the dashboard.  A voltmeter, gas gauge, temp. gauge, and oil pressure were 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.  In these years, an overdrive transmission option was available and they didn\'t have a voltmeter but had an ammeter. Offered for consignment and your viewing pleasure, a 1952 Ford Customline Club Coupe.  Frame on restored, an always rust free body,  plenty of chrome trimmings this car has nice overall paint showing a car that has had a good life, and has been well kept with its overhauled drivetrain.  Isn\'t it time you took a look at the ablest car on America\'s roads? Exterior Deep dark black covers the straight steel panels of this car that have well minded gaps, and the finish presents as deep end of the pool with only minor inclusions and a small area of bubbling.  From its neatly designed big 1950\'s front grille with some outboard jet-like signal lights to the big side trim spear that starts at the headlights and goes to the back of the door, this literally looks like you\'re looking skyward at the underside of a flying jet complete with chrome contrail.  Plenty of chrome trimmings for the window surrounds, rocker trim and faux vent scoop leading the way on the rear quarters which do a wonderful job highlighting the body bump out and fender skirts over the rear wheels.  Moving to the back, a single round tail light with a chrome bezel and small chromed center rests on the end of the fender which has rounded tops to meet the taillights.  Breaking up the sea of black on the rear is another chrome bumper with a huge bumper/trunk guard that partially blocks the round reverse lights.  Jet black steel wheels with F badged chrome caps are wrapped in wide white bias ply tires on all 4 corners to complete the look. Interior The door panels utilize a myriad of materials from smooth ivory vinyl to gray stitched broadcloth and even some gray painted metal, which all work together to form the door panels.  Wide long benches are the passengers seating front and rear, and these are covered with gray checked broadcloth with darker gray uppers.  We note the front bench is of the split back variety and the seats both front and rear remain like new.  A warm light gray metal dash, and original instrumentation are seen inside. The horseshoe speedometer and gauge cluster are in front of the original steering wheel in black.  Chrome trimmed radio and temp controls are noted on this dash and a centrally located clock in a small circular bump up is in the top dead center of this dash.  The gray cloth headliner and sun visors are above, meanwhile clean black carpeting floods the floors floating the interior. Drivetrain Powered by the 239ci flathead V8 and 3-speed Ford-O-Matic column mounted shifter provides 110hp, both of which were overhauled during the redux.  There is a 2-barrel carburetor atop, and a 3-speed Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission on b