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Featured Member of the Week: jfulwider

FordCoupe-3This week we are featuring John Fulwider.  John is from Richmond Virginia and as he states it himself he is a certified car nut.  John has a true passion for cars no matter the type.  Rare even obscure cars are the type of cars that John tends to favor more heavily.  But he is a Street Rod, Muscle Car and even 4×4 car nut.  The truth is that it doesn’t matter if it is a brand new car or an old piece of iron, John has been turning wrenches since the age of 10.

John first heard about Cool Rides Online through the wonderful world of Facebook.  John currently owns a 2006 Chrysler 300C as well as a 1974 International Scout II and of course our feature of the week a 1935 Ford 5 Window Coupe.

It is the memories that we have with our friends and family that makes our rides special, it is our cars that on occasions help us keep the memory alive of a lost loved one.  This is the case of John and his 1935 Ford Coupe.

“All my rides are special to me in their own way, but if I’m pressed to choose I would have to say that my 1935 Ford is the most special. What makes it special is this is the car that my uncle taught me how to work on cars with. He used to wake me up on the weekends and get me to help him change the intake (multiple times) and bearings and eventually leading up to rebuilding a carburetor and an engine. When he passed away my Dad and I got the car. We put a lot of money and I put in a lot of time getting it where it is today”.

John’s future plans for his rides are to change the motor out to a Ford Coyote 5.0 crate engine and an overdrive tranny and put A/C in it. So far John’s hardest modification has been converting his Scout from a manual tranny to an automatic.

“My favorite memory has to be getting up early on Saturdays and working on the 35. My uncle Jimmy had me doing everything from plugs to engines.  Now that I’m older I realize how much he taught me and how much I miss him. I built this car as a tribute to him”.

What is your dream car to own if money was not an issue?

If money wasn’t an issue, then it would be a 1969 RS Camaro with an LS9, OD tranny, Detroit Speed and Engineering rear-end setup and a Fatman Fab Front suspension. The paint would be a two stage candy silver with Foose wheels.

Taking care of collector vehicles is not easy.  Do you have any special tips on how to take care of your Cool Rides in and out of storage?

Wash with proper carwash and detail often; always keep it covered with a high quality cover even inside.

Is there anything else you’d like the Cool Rides Online members to know about you?

I love coaching kids in baseball and basketball. I did it for 14 years and then I took a break for several years and now that my kids are in college I hope to start back in the near future.

What do you think of John’s ’35 Ford Coupe? Leave your comments below or join the conversation in our Forums.

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