Divers Street Rods, 1934 Ford, SOHC, 427 sohc, tudor, ford tudor

1934 Ford Tudor by Divers Street Rods

The first thing you notice about Tom Agostino’s 1934 Ford Tudor is the engine. Prior to the awards ceremony in Del Mar this past March, a rodder leaned over and excitedly said, “I can’t wait to hear that SOHC engine fire up!”

Divers Street Rods, 1934 Ford, SOHC, 427 sohc, tudor, ford tudor

Here’s the thing, though: It’s not really a 427c.i. SOHC engine. It’s actually a modern 5.0-liter Ford Coyote V8. Yeah, it’s got dual overhead cams, but it’s an entirely different and somewhat more refined beast than the old big block.

Divers Street Rods, 1934 Ford, SOHC, 427 sohc, tudor, ford tudor

You have to admit that those 427 valve covers – installed using adapters from Hollywood Hot Rods – make a visual impact, especially when paired with the Whipple supercharger atop the engine, the custom air intake against the firewall, and those snake-like headers built by Divers Street Rods, the shop responsible for the car’s build.

Divers Street Rods, 1934 Ford, SOHC, 427 sohc, tudor, ford tudor, 1934 Ford Tudor


The detailed engine seems especially fitting for this slick sedan, which combines elegant refinement with a healthy dose of performance and old-school hot rod flair. The elegance comes from the well-massaged body featuring a lean wedge top chop, one-piece fenders and running boards, a hand-built steel dash, and exceptional fit and finish. The late Ryan Butler did the metal work, while Divers’ Rich Thayer was responsible for the elegant black cherry PPG finish.

Divers Street Rods, 1934 Ford, SOHC, 427 sohc, tudor, ford tudor, 1934 Ford Tudor

That classic body rides on a modified TCI chassis with an independent front suspension, 9-inch rearend, and Wilwood disc brakes. Wheel Vintiques wire wheels – 16s in front, 17s in back – are wrapped with Dunlap rubber and wear distinctive Notchead knock-off center caps.

Divers Street Rods, 1934 Ford, SOHC, 427 sohc, tudor, ford tudor, 1934 Ford Tudor

Inside, the custom dash is filled with Classic Instruments and supports an ididit tilt steering column, with a custom drop-down center console housing an Alpine audio system, Vintage Air controls, and an electronic PCS shifter. Scott Divers handled the upholstery work, combining tan Scottish leather with dark gray silk fabric to create a space that’s both rich and sporty.

Divers Street Rods, 1934 Ford, SOHC, 427 sohc, tudor, ford tudor, 1934 Ford Tudor

Divers Street Rods, 1934 Ford, SOHC, 427 sohc, tudor, ford tudor, 1934 Ford Tudor

Builder Tim Divers tells us the 1934 Ford Tudor has a hood, but so far nobody has wanted to put it on and hide that great-looking engine. It’s tough to argue with that, or with the combination of elegance and performance in this fine Ford.

Divers Street Rods, 1934 Ford, SOHC, 427 sohc, tudor, ford tudor, 1934 Ford Tudor

Photos by John Jackson & Damon Lee

Editor, Goodguys Gazette

Damon Lee began snapping photos at car shows when he was 10, tagging along with his father to events throughout the Midwest. He has combined his passion for cars and knack for writing and imagery into a 20-year career in the automotive aftermarket, writing for titles like Super Chevy and Rod & Custom and, more recently, working for respected industry leaders Speedway Motors and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association.

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