Bob Stonoff's 1936 Ford

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A photo that Bob's daughter Katrina came across after her dad passed away. She found it in a box of photos that her mom gave her, and we believe it is an early iteration of Bob's coupe. Modifications at the time include ribbed bumpers, a spare tire on the deck, fenderskirts, custom taillights, and 1955 Buick hubcaps. Photo courtesy of Katrina Stonoff.
The Teacher's Coupe. Bob's coupe as it appeared when it was featured in Car Craft August 1960.

1936 Ford owned and restyled by Bob Stonoff of Tempe, Arizona. Bob's brother, Staton Stonoff, helped restyle the car. At the time, Staton was living in Logan, West Virginia. In 2019, Bob's daughter, Katrina Florence, told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama that Bob and Staton built the car while her father was in graduate school at Indinana University Bloomington.[1]

Bob, a teacher, frenched a set of 1958 Ford headlights to the molded fenders up front. The front was reworked to fit a 1940 Buick grille. The hood was filled and the side panels were graced with sculptured air scoops with peaks fading back to the cowl. The top was left unchopped. However, a 1958 Chevrolet impala roof scoop trim was molded to the front and rear of the top. The rear fenders received a set of 1953 Pontiac taillights which were frenched into extended housings. The stock bumpers were replaced with ribbed 1949 Plymouth units. The interior was rolled and pleated Naugahyde done in baby pink and baby blue. A set of 1955 Buick hubcaps were added for further appeal. An antenna was installed behind the rear window. A continental kit and fender skirts wrapped up the style.[2]

Magazine Features

Car Craft August 1960
Trend Book 197 Custom Cars 1961 Annual



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