THE GOOD OL' DAYS
New Restyled Ford V-8 for 1936
Top Left: The steering Gear cross shaft is mounted on needle bearings. New styling of radiator grille, hood and louvers, headlamps, fenders and wheels feature the new Fords. Top right is the de luxe Tudor sedan; Center left is the convertible cabriolet. Lower Right: a de luxe model with the horns hidden in the filler panels below the headlamps. This picture also illustrates the creasing of the fenders.
Ford V-8 cars for 1936 have been beautified by restyling the radiator grille, hood and fenders, and by the adoption of steel wheels. Interiors likewise are more attractive. Several improvements have been made in the steering mechanism, and in the transmission which now has silent, helical gears throughout. The capacity of the cooling system has been, increased from 5 to 5-1/2 gallons, mainly by enlarging the radiator.
The hood looks longer because its top panels are carried all the way forward to the radiator grille. The grille is a new shape, comparatively broad at the top and narrowed at the bottom. The vertical bars, chromium-plated on the de luxe models, are framed in a narrow moulding of stainless steel. A trim strip of the same material runs up the center of the grille to join a new V-8 emblem at the top. There are two rows of hood louvers with more closely spaced slots instead of three rows with wider slots. Additional louvers are concealed under the fenders. Fenders are more deeply crowned and are creased along the center. Headlamps are longer and more graceful. In the de luxe cars, the horns are concealed behind chromium-plated circular grilles set in the aprons betweei fenders and radiator shell.
Several refinements combine to reduce steering effort approximately 25 per cent. The overall steering ratio has been increased from 15 to 1 to 17 to 1. This takes into account a half inch increase in the length of the right steering arm spindle to bring the drag link more nearly parallel with the front axle. The steering gear cross shaft is mounted on needle roller bearings. Therefore all bearings in the unit are now anti-friction type. The worm and sector are lapped. An adjustable drag link makes it possible to set the "high-spot" on the steering sector to conform exactly with the straight ahead position of the front wheels.
Improvements in the transmission include the adoption of silent helical gearing for all speeds, and the reduction of gearshift lever movement by 5/8 inch from neutral by changing the leverage between gearshift ball and shift rails. The thrust of the countershaft gears is taken by large floating washers.
The new cold-pressed steel wheels "differ from others of similar appearance in that the center section is welded to the rim at every point where the spokes meet it." Hub caps are almost as large as the wheels and have polished centers of stainless steel. The new wheel weighs nearly 5 pounds less than the old.
As last year, there are ten body types in the de luxe line as follows : Three and five-window coupes, roadster, cabriolet with rumble, phaeton, convertible phaeton, Tudor and Fordor sedans with and without built-in trunk. Three of these body types are also supplied without de luxe equipment, namely, the five-window coupe, Tudor and Fordor sedans.
All cars are equipped with an electric fuel gauge and thermometer. De luxe appointments also include an oil gauge, foot rest in the Fordor and convertible sedans, chromium-plated windshield frame and two horns, rear lights and sun visors.
By the adoption of hinged rear quarter windows in the Fordor sedans, it is feasible to recess the trim underneath so that elbow room is increased 3 inches. All other body dimensions are unaltered.
The interior trim and upholstery of all de luxe models are new. Taupe-colored mohair and broadcloth are used in the coupes with Bedford cord also available in the sedans. Cushions and backs in the open models are upholstered in leather, while the cabriolet and convertible phaeton may also be had in Bedford cord. A special Bedford cord is used on the cars which do not have de luxe equipment.
The instrument panels in all cars are finished in gray metallic pyroxylin. In the de luxe types the gearshift ball and steering wheel are also lacquered in gray while the window lifts have knobs of gray plastic.
Body colors for 1936 de luxe cars include new shades, namely, gray, vineyard green and Washington blue. Cordoba tan, black and gun metal are continued. The last two colors are the ones used on cars without de luxe equipment. Wheels and fenders on de luxe cars are finished in the same color as the body.
Special attention has been given to silencing the body. New materials have been utilized on floors, door and body panels and dash, and an improved method of balancing and aligning the drive shaft improves the quietness of the rear axle.
Published in the November 1935 MoToR Magazine (Trade journal for car dealers). Reproduced by permission. Visit www.motor.com