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Notice anything different about the dimensions on this cool coupe? In order to fit the twin-cam Ford engine, the custom-fabricated frame and hood were stretched six inches. The body is original all-steel, with a six-inch chop. And the color is not white, but the palest shade of gray.
The builder extended the door openings 3/4 inch to flush-fit the suicide doors, and mounted them with custom hidden hinges. The deuce grille was shortened 2 1/2 inches and a homebuilt steel hood was created (cut for cylinder head clearance). The cowl top is removable to reveal the wiring, and the headlights are courtesy of Dietz, while the taillights are from a ’40-41 Willys. LimeWorks sells those outside mirrors, but nobody sells those cool custom tubular bumpers; they’re homebuilt and one-of-a-kind.
If you look closely, not only is the final chop 6 inches, but there is 3 inches sliced out of the rear glass to keep it consistent with the sides. The windshield has been raised 2 1/2 inches to the roofline for better visibility, raising and shortening the visor as well. New window glass was provided by Bell Glass in Phoenix.
The custom framerails, built from 2×4-inch rectangular tubing, are contoured to the body and are pinched at the front. The tubular Super Bell axle drops 4 inches and was narrowed 3 inches to keep the proportions right. The spindles are stock Ford. Steering is controlled by a Mitsubishi power rack paired with a ’55 Chevy column for comfort. A front panhard bar was added, rear 1-inch antiroll bar, and Aldan coilovers all around. The triangulated four-link rear locates a 3.55:1 Ford 8-inch, narrowed 2 inches.
The builder saw another street rod running a stock twin-cam 4.6L Ford and wanted the same massiveness for his Model A. The fact that, even after stretching the nose 6 inches, the engine would bust past the narrowed sides just made it more appealing. The AODE four-speed overdrive trans is a perfect match for the 4.6, which provides a tremendous amount of torque to the lightweight coupe, shifting so quick that the passengers can’t feel the shifts.
Putting that torque to the pavement is a pair of 235/75R15 Michelins on 15×8 Wheel Vintiques gennies with ’42 Ford-style hubcaps and rings. The big ’n’ little combination is completed by 145SR15 Michelins on 15×5 gennie wheels. Front and rear wheels are stopped by Wilwood disc brakes.
The gray paint from the wheels is carried over on the body, added along the beltline to break up the PPG white paint. The paint has been darkened with just enough gray to tone down the brightness.
The third seat from a mid-’90s Chevy Suburban was narrowed and chopped down to sit nice and low in the Model A. A Mooneyes speedometer and quad gauge are centered in the modified ’30 dash, above a console for the shifter and assorted creature comforts, such as Vintage Air A/C. Tom Langlois pitched in with the wiring. A 15-inch ’40 Ford steering wheel on a tilt column were painted gray to match the dash and the rest of the monochromatic interior. The silver/gray cloth upholstery and gray carpet was added by Dell Chavez in Mesa, Arizona.
The piece attended the Goodguys Southwest Nationals in Scottsdale and took a STREET RODDER Top 100 award.
Don’t miss this chance to own a road and show-ready hotrod from the dry climate of Arizona!