Custom Build 1937 Ford Phantom Woodie

1937 Ford Phantom Woodie

“After building dozens of hot rods over the years, I thought it was time to become a part of the woodie world and I am now a member of the Southern California Woodie Club,” said Brad Ott, owner of this 1937 Ford Phantom Woodie. Although Ott is currently living in Park City, Utah, he spent his childhood in California from the 1950s to the 60s. It was in California that Ott’s passion for cars grew.

To start his Woodie build, he searched the internet and found this 1937 Ford Woodie. It was already in a good condition but Ott made it into his own beautiful Woodie. The body featured a 2-door white ash phantom slant-back that was created by G.A. Kunkle using the original steel supplied by Ford. Jack Thrasher did the flashy Hot Rod PPG finish. Ernie’s Fulton Top worked with the woodie top and Melvin Naramore assisted in most of the build.

1937 custom Ford Phantom Woodie

The stock box frame’s rear was reshaped using a Chassis Engineering spring kit and Heidt’s anti-roll bar which was provided by Heidts including the IFS setup. Ott chose the Billet Specialties Vintec five-spokes wheels measuring 20’’ and 17’’, and are fitted with 255/50R20 and 205/50R17 tires. For the brakes, 11-inch front discs brakes and Ford rear drums were installed in the woodie.

1937 Ford Phantom Woodie tires

Under the hood sleeps a Chevrolet 350 crate engine and matched with a Holley Powercharger side draft air cleaner on top of an Edelbrock carburetor and Undurashine intake. To add some charm on the engine bay, the engine block and headers were painted with Wheatland Yellow. The Sanderson headers direct the exhaust through Flowmaster mufflers and Megs exhaust tips. Bob Riggs from Bob’s Rod & Custom located in Logan, Utah fabricated the sparkling radiator cover and some other minor parts. All of the power of the 350 crate engine is controlled by the TCI transmission and directed to a 3.00-geared Ford 8-inch.

1937 Ford Phantom Woodie interior

For the woodie’s interior, sisal floor mats were custom weaved by Cocomats and a custom Chevy S10 bench covered by a taupe synthetic leather upholstery that matches well with the Woodie’s charm. The Gennie floor shifter knob is painted with off-white that matches the dashboard. The woodie also features Auto Meter gauges and the banjo wheel and column that was supplied by LimeWorks. Vintage Air conditioning provides a very cool and comfortable cruising across states.


Brad Otts loves his Phantom Woodie and regularly drives it to California. It is a great cross country cruiser that feels perfect for driving along the Pacific Coast Highway.

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