CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ray Evernham has an incredible collection of cars, each one researched and restored to its pristine best, but not one relic. Ray’s 1940 Ford was modified for one job: running moonshine.
“Pre-war, these were the cars to have, and post-war they just kept going and going,” said Ray.
The secret to eluding the law wasn't so much speed as it was keeping a low profile, and it had everything to do with suspension.
“They didn't put the spring in, so the back would raise-up; for that would give them away. If the springs were too soft it would lower the back end when they put the shine in and that would give them away, so the car has what they call moonshine springs in it where they are either on the same arc as the original, but they are much stiffer.”
They switched car tires for truck tires to handle the weight and looked for heavy duty parts wherever they could.
“When Junior Johnson drove this car he told me what they did was they went and if there was ever an ambulance or a hearse or something like that involved in an accident, they went and bought the tires and parts and pieces of it because they knew they were heavy duty.”
They could fit 100 gallons of moonshine in the trunk/back seat, and this car, when it was originally found had these huge backup lights for backing up to the still at night.
These cars at that time were capable of doing 100 miles per hour. They went really fast on dirt roads and back roads so it wasn't top speed as much as it was handling these guys were looking for.