Royal Oak resident Tim Quiggle customized his 1949 Ford Tudor Sedan with a flame paint job.

Royal Oak resident Tim Quiggle customized his 1949 Ford Tudor Sedan with a flame paint job.

Photos provided by Tim Quiggle


Custom Ford is part of the family

Online Only | Published July 2, 2021

 When Quiggle bought his 1949 Ford Tudor Sedan in the 1980s, it had 48,000 miles on it and he was its third owner.

When Quiggle bought his 1949 Ford Tudor Sedan in the 1980s, it had 48,000 miles on it and he was its third owner.

In November 1987, I purchased a 1949 Ford Tudor Sedan. It was all original with 48,000 miles. The man I got it from told me that he bought it from a widow. She said it was her husband's car and when he died, it was stored in the barn until the man I got it from bought it in 1976. He also said he didn't drive it very much. This made me the third owner.

The first thing I did when I got it was to make sure it was safe and roadworthy. So I began to clean the underneath, which was caked with dirt and real greasy. I noticed the front suspension needed to be replaced. After that I replaced the brakes, had the radiator flushed out and cleaned and changed the oil. At least now we could go cruising.

Now to change her from a plain Jane to a custom beauty. I knew what I wanted and eventually the transformation began. I took it over to my nephew-in-law's, where he stripped it down to bare metal. He said the body was in real good shape. It was then painted an enameled black. While waiting for that to be finished, I took all the chrome parts to be rechromed. Then there was new wheels and tires to get. Finally, I got her back and boy was she shiny!

Now to dress her up. Of course she had to have flames! Back then Greg Pennington came to our house and laid out the flames to give me an idea what they would look like. After a few changes, she was ready. The next day Greg came back and began his magic. By the end of the day, it was finished. Wow ... It was just as I hoped it would look. Eventually I would have the flames pinstriped.

I have owned Betts for 32 1/2 years now. She has become part of our family. There has been countless memories made with that car.

Tim Quiggle

Royal Oak