Mac McAllister shared his interest in antique cars with his father-in-law Louis Sandor.
The older man had a 1936 Ford whose style captivated both men. It was a four door Deluxe Slantback sedan.
Ford offered 21 models in 1936 with a built in outside trunk offered on all but two of the models, a roadster and a coupe. Base prices ranged from $510 to $780.
As age crept up on the older man he saw the need to find a good home for the 1936 Ford. That is how the son-in-law came to own the old Ford.
McAllister went to Illinois to get the car in with the intenntion of driving it home to Virginia. That was the plan and it worked well until he got to La Porte, Indiana , he recalls, when the car suddenly quit running.
McAllister was on a tight schedule with no time to diagnose the problem so he went to plan B, renting a truck and trailer and hauling the Ford the rest of the way home where he could tend to the car at his leisure. As it turned out, the gasoline gauge wasn't functioning, and the car had simply run out of gas.
The engine hood opens from either side to expose the 221-cubic-inch flat head V-8 engine that delivers 90 horsepower. In May of 1936 the three millionth Ford V-8 engine was produced.
The common phrase “Step on the starter” is not merely a saying on this Ford as the starter is foot activated.
The three speed transmission is operated with the shift lever sprouting from the floor. The second and third gears are synchronized which eliminates the need for double clutching.
Since the original owner did not order a car with the extra cost optional trunk this car has the “Slant Back” with the 6.00x6-inch spare tire mounted at the rear on “wide five” pressed steel wheels. That nomenclature came about because the lug nuts were positioned on the perimeter of the wheels.
Mounted on the left rear fender is the dual function tail light/gas cap through which the car can be refueled.
The flat, one-piece windshield is hinged at the top in order for the bottom of the windshield to be pushed open to admit fresh air. Because of the movable windshield both wipers are suspended from the top. In case additional air is desired at ankle level the cowl ventilator can be opened to direct air at foot level.
Both bumpers are made of spring steel which can absorb minor bumps and spring back to the original shape with no visible damage.
Access to the interior of McAllister's four door Ford is through the clam shell configured doors. The rear seat passengers not only have a carpeted floor but foot rests as well. On the back of the front seat is a conveniently placed robe rail. Both front and rear seat passengers have access to an ashtray.
A comfortable ride is provided when rolling along in the 2,746-pound car on the 112-inch wheelbase. Bringing the car to a stop was a chore assigned to the four-wheel mechanical brakes.
Sealed beam head lights had yet to be adopted by Ford. The head lights on McAllister's car with reflectors are operated by a switch on the hub of the three-spoke steering wheel near the centrally located horn button.
The speedometer is ready to register speeds up to 100-miles-per-hour. “It'll do that,” McAllister says confidently.
Years before he received the Ford McAllister says it was repainted black. In front of the grille is a protective chrome grille guard accessory.
When the car was new almost 80 years ago, the price was $625. A total of 42,867 buyers must have thought that was a lot of car for the money because that is the number that were manufactured.
McAllister isn't one to leave his antique in the garage. As long as the choke and the throttle still function he is going to drive his car. The odometer is just now about to roll over 61,000 miles.