I was at the Mixteca cruise-in with my sharp 1934 Ford 3-window coupe 9 years ago when I spotted the car of my dreams. After giving it a look over and wiping the drool from my mouth, I noticed it was for sale. Hot diggity! After a test drive, I knew it was going to be mine, and the rest is history. It’s painted PPG Crystal Black over PPG Silverstar Silver. From the driver’s side, you see Dakota digital gauges with a Chrome flaming river tilt wheel. It’s equipped with a Thunderbird power rack and pinion. Other features include ultra-leather seats with suede inserts for comfort, power windows, door locks, and a power trunk. For the hot summers, it has cool AC with a custom designed console and a killer stereo for your listening pleasure.

The piano-style hood opens to one side to show the engine bay. Both sides have full-length mirrors to show the well-equipped engine bay along with LED lights. The car rides on 20” polished American Torque thrust wheels in the rear and 18” in the front. The car rides on an air suspension made by ShockWave air ride, as well as a boxed frame and a 4-link rear end. The chrome JBA headers and the Twister exhaust give this ride the sound it deserves.

Last, but not least, this beautiful hot rod got its well-deserved reward by receiving “BEST CUSTOM” at the 2021 Spring Goodguys car show. A big shout out to Mike at Master Tech Auto, Troy at Hot Rod Alley, and my sons Mike and Chris Backus for their expertise to help keep this fine ride on the road, as well as Tony for the great pin striping he laid down.

And special thanks to my wife of 50 years Cookie Backus, for allowing me to enjoy my passion for cars (which has been my weakness for as long as I can remember), and to my two grandsons Mason and Weston for coming along for the ride to keep me company.


Harold & Cookie Backus


1937 Ford 3-Window Coupe



Photos by Rod Loveless