Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Built as a facsimile to one of the most influential hotrods that ever hit the streets, this slick 1933 Ford Roadster is a show-stopper that puts a huge smile on the face of anyone that comes across it. From the built 350 V8 motor under the steel hood, the miles-deep candy paint job, the predatory stance, to the bespoke two-tone interior, this streetrod gets everything right. And with only 2,710 miles on the professional build, this party's just getting started.
The body is fiberglass, and that's not at all a demerit on high-quality rods like this because not only are the materials incredibly thick, durable and reinforced with extra supports, but they also look far slicker than the original cars. The resulting custom look of this hi-boy roadster could almost never be matched by steel, yet the spirit and feel is still all high-quality Ford. The build incorporates suicide doors and a longer body, so this car has a cool rake to it that matches what rodders have been doing since the '40s. Most of the original '33 design protrusions have been deleted or shaved, including the fenders, bumpers, hinges, cowl lights, and door handles, so it looks incredibly sleek. And speaking of paint and body, the paint is borrowed from the color palette of Harley-Davidson - Black mixed with Red Micah Candy Metallic - and the paint color is a striking, modern shade that looks amazing on the low-slung body, with the basecoat/clearcoat application is a top driver-quality finish that looks even better in person. Metallic flake and high-end pinstripe work in the finish really puts this hi-boy over the top, giving it a bespoke curb appeal that's second-to-none. After almost 3K miles on the build, it's no longer a perfect show car (although it's pretty darn close) and there are some minor imperfections that can be found upon closer examination, but there's not a warm-blooded creature on Earth that won't turn their heads when this beauty is bombing down Main Street. Up front, there's a beautiful Vee'd waterfall grille along with traditional King Bee style headlights at the flanks, so it still has a traditional look despite all the custom work that went into the build. My goodness, this '33 Ford was really well-executed.
Outfitted in two-tone upholstery and furnished with top-of-the-line components throughout, the interior is comfortable, inviting, and also brings a high-end level of fit and finish that we don't often come across in streetrods. A low-back bench seat wrapped in red vinyl with black ostrich inserts makes the most of the interior space, leaving it comfortable even for guys over six feet tall, and the sculpted contours are good for long road trips. Red upholstery has also been used on the custom door panels, plush red carpets insulate the floors, and the dash was painted to match the exterior, right down to the custom pinstripe work that was expertly laid down and mirrors the work on the body. A custom billet steering wheel with a leather rim was mounted atop a tilt column to provide added room for the driver, and the flame motif used around the horn ring isn't exactly subtle, but it does look super cool. Black-faced VDO gauges keep an eye on the monster under the hood, while the tall Lokar shifter with the skull shift knob is just a short reach away. Entertainment comes via an Alpine AM/FM/CD player with a 10-disc changer, although the soundtrack from the exhaust system is like music to the ears all by itself. Out back, the trunk opens to reveal a fully upholstered cargo bay with carpet on the floors and plenty of room for all the trophies this beauty will be winning.
Delivering on the car's looks is a custom built, 350 V8 block that's been built up into a fierce small block with enough power to flick this light roadster in-and-out of the corners. Featuring Airflow Research aluminum heads, a forged lower rotating assembly, 10.5:1 compression ratio, and a Comp Thumpr cam, it's filled with the good stuff and has plenty of pop. It fires to life via a high-torque starter and Accel HEI ignition, is fed through a QuickFuel 650CFM 4-barrel carburetor atop an aluminum intake, and stays nice and cool thanks to a Flow-Kool water pump and Walker radiator and electric fan. With plenty of dress-up gear inside the engine bay, it's got the right hot rod look without affecting functionality, and because it's only been driven 2,710 miles since it was built, it remains bright and clean. Finned valve covers and a matching air cleaner look great up top, and block-hugging headers dump into a beautifully fabricated exhaust system with Flowmaster HP2 mufflers that sounds fantastic. The rebuilt and upgraded suspension was powder-coated black and accented with lots of chrome and polished bits, it's been dropped 2-inches in the front, trailing arms hang off the Chevelle 10-bolt filled with 3.55 posi gears, and Wildwood front disc brakes up front help stop this hotrod on a
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