The Zivot 1936 Ford
David Zivot acquired the stock 1936 Ford roadster from AHRF Pioneer, John Wolf of Sherman Oaks, CA. Mr. Wolf acquired the car from Ray Brown (another AHRF Pioneer). Together they built the ’46 Mercury V8 flathead displacing a 3 3/8” bore and 4” stroke, J & E forged pistons, Winfield SU-1A cam, block letter Edelbrock heads, Super-Dual intake, a pair of Chandler-Groves mixers, ’39 trans with Lincoln Zephyr gear set, terminating in a ’40 Ford rear end with 3:54 cogs. All of which Zivot freshened up mechanically and made reliable as a daily driver.
Before any miles could be racked up, the car was invited to be part of the Grand National Roadster Show 2011 special display “Customs Then and Now”, as representative of an immediate pre-War/post-War California custom. Although the car was stock when David Zivot acquired it, the goal was always an authentic as possible, chopped, black lacquered, tear drop skirted, rolled and pleated, solid hood sided, Carson top padded, boulevard runner. Zivot always admired what was once known as a “California Top” or "Carson Top" Eddie Martinez was one of the only craftsmen left who could make the top accurately. Eddie started the top yet was unable to finish due to illness and age.
The top was then turned over to David Martinez to finish. (Despite the same last name Eddie Martinez and David Martinez, owner and CEO of Martinez Industries are not related.) This was David's first padded Carson top, yet NOT the last. David also did the interior for the Zivot Roadster, a 2 inch deep pleat, tuck and roll interior, in a Navy blue and off white vinyl. To highlight the interior a Navy blue German wool carpet was used.
The car was indeed debuted at the 2011 Grand National Roadster Show, creating a new buzz for 36' Fords as well as Carson Tops.
* A special 'Thank You' to Jackie Marzano for the photos taken of the design and creation process. In addition a 'Thank You' goes out to Trent Sherrill for the finished product images*