Real Wheels: Beaverdam man restores 1936 Ford Coupe


Beaverdam man restores 1936 Ford Coupe

By Jim Krumel - [email protected]



The interior was done by Maumee Trim and Upholstery in Defiance.

The interior was done by Maumee Trim and Upholstery in Defiance.


Steve Beemer began working on this 1936 Ford Coupe when it was just an old shell. He calls it a smooth ride today.

Steve Beemer began working on this 1936 Ford Coupe when it was just an old shell. He calls it a smooth ride today.


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BEAVERDAM – It definitely was a project.

What someone saw as junk, Steve Beemer viewed as a gift from a car lover’s heaven.

That’s how the Beaverdam man is likely to describe the transformation of his 1936 Ford Coupe.

“I just came across it. It was just an old shell,” Beemer said.

That was six years ago. After an untold amount of work, Beemer now has the vehicle he proudly displayed last summer at the Downtown Lima Cruise-In and Barbecue.

The car stands out, not only because of Beemer’s handiwork but also because of what you can call its “Beaverdam to Cairo connection.” Dave Ogle of Cairo painted the car. Its Ford Electric Orange color makes it stand out while at car shows or cruising down the back roads of Allen County.

A look inside at the car’s interior sets it off further with its orange accents. It was done by Maumee Trim and Upholstery in Defiance.

The car has an automatic transmission, and it will scoot, thanks to its 346 horsepower engine. It’s a smooth ride.

“I re-did the steering and suspension. It drives really good,” Beemer said.

The 1936 Ford Coupe is popular among classic car enthusiasts. It was introduced by Ford as the Depression lingered. This was a time when the average worker was paid $1,713, but more than 17% of adults were jobless. A gallon of gas was 10 cents, and a loaf of bread 8 cents. You could buy a pound of hamburger for 12 cents, and a quarter would get you four cans of Campbell’s tomato soup.

As for the Ford Coupe, a new one in 1936 sold for between $600 and $750.

The interior was done by Maumee Trim and Upholstery in Defiance.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/02/web1_CoupePhoto2.jpgThe interior was done by Maumee Trim and Upholstery in Defiance.
Steve Beemer began working on this 1936 Ford Coupe when it was just an old shell. He calls it a smooth ride today.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/02/web1_CoupePhoto1.jpgSteve Beemer began working on this 1936 Ford Coupe when it was just an old shell. He calls it a smooth ride today.
Beaverdam man restores 1936 Ford Coupe

By Jim Krumel

[email protected]

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