It's not a Ford
Lately, I get the feeling that people have forgotten about the Dare to be Different movement of the 1990s. Many recently completed hot rod projects revolve around very common makes and models with very common spec sheets; it’s not safe to step outside the Chevy muscle car and Ford street rod boundaries anymore. Can it be blamed on the Internet? Automotive forums are a monkey-see monkey-do festival, where fitting in is paramount. It’s kinda like Jr. High all over again. Projects are started based on what was seen online last night, and with so many ‘bolt-on’ parts available, why wouldn’t you just clone your favorite forum racer?
For decades, Fords have been the go-to for street rod builds; you have a hankering for a depression-era rod? The only acceptable platform is a ’28-34 Ford. We’ve become acutely familiar with their lines and grille shells, so much so that they are often the Kleenex of street rods; if someone sees a fixed-up car from the ‘30s, they assume it’s a Ford.
Let this pristine 1934 Dodge be the catalyst of change. It isn’t a Ford, it isn’t pro-touring, and it is a ‘30s car with nice paint and no street signs doubling as floor boards.