Besides the muscular drivetrain, the only other modern touch on the car can be found inside the fenders, where Brizio decided to blend the classic style of the Price roadster's cream-colored 16-inch Ford wheels with the modern look and performance of big aftermarket rollers. Going for the big 'n' little look that we once claimed was a passing fad, Wheel Vintiques supplied a set of their classically styled Billet Nostalgia rims (measuring in at 16x7 in front and 17x8 in back), which were painted cream and shod in Goodyear rubber.
Overall, the quality and workmanship Roy Brizio is known for shines through on this testament to the longevity of not just the magazine you are reading, but the hobby and lifestyle you participate in. In the span of half a century, many fads have come and gone, but rodding remains true to its original roots. Paint schemes and wheel preferences may change over time, but one element remains the same: Take a light, little car, drop the front end, stuff in the biggest motor you can afford, and slather the whole thing with the color of your choice. Rods like the Chuck Price roadster and the Roy Brizio 50th Anniversary car it inspired are more than street-bred speed machines or rolling pieces of art work, they're a tribute to where the hobby has been and a look at the bright horizon that lies ahead.
San Francisco, California
'32 Ford Roadster
Drivetrain: For five decades we've been preaching the gospel of high performance and singing the praises of almighty horsepower. With that in mind, some anemic little motor couldn't possibly have powered the 50th Anniversary roadster. To remedy the situation, Roy made a call to Ford Racing honcho Angelo Giampetroni and ordered a 392ci 351 Windsor stroker crate motor, complete with aluminum GT40 heads, a high-lift hydraulic roller bumpstick, 9.7:1 compression, and an Edelbrock carb perched atop a Ford Racing high-rise intake. An astonishing 430 hp is channeled through a brand-new T5 manual trans, also supplied by Ford. Brizio rows through the gears with a Hurst short-throw shifter.
Chassis: Roy Brizio Streetrods fabricates their own chassis for project cars, and the shimmering red beauty you see before you is no exception. A 106-inch '32 highboy frame was fabricated in-house and fitted with a Currie 9-inch rearend stuffed with stout 3.70 gears. Superbell supplied the dropped front axle, hairpins, and front brakes, while Pete & Jake's provided a ladder bar setup. Aldan shocks dampen the ride out back, while Deuce Factory units cushion things up front.
Wheels & Tires: Since this car was built as a tribute to the original Chuck Price roadster, with certain nods to modern technology and contemporary style incorporated into the overall package, Brizio decided to forego the original Ford 16-inch steel wheels for a strikingly similar modern interpretation. Wheel Vintiques put together a set of Billet Nostalgia wheels measuring 16x7 inches in front and 17x8 inches in the rear. Continuing the big 'n' little theme, Goodyear 205/55R16 rubber was stuffed under the nose, and 275/60R17 meats provide piles of traction out back.
Body: There was no question in Brizio's mind that the rebirth of R&C's first cover car had to be steel, and since gennie Deuce bods are a little hard to find these days, he ordered a bitchin' steel unit from Brookville. Jack Hageman banged out a custom aluminum hood for the roadster, and Dan Fink provided one of his legendary grilles. The taillights were pirated from a '46 Ford.
Paint: After Micky Galloway ensured arrow-straight bodylines and perfect fit and finish, the entire package was squirted down with custom-mixed DuPont red enamel, which is just a shade darker than the original cover car, adding a striking depth to the already stunning car. The tasteful cream pinstriping by Rory complements the identically hued wheels.
Interior: If there is one name as legendary in the rod building world as Brizio, it probably belongs to Sid Chavers. The ace stitch man was called in to handle the cockpit of this special project, and he did not disappoint. A contoured bench seat was covered in caramel leather and is complemented by a Haneline panel stuffed with amazingly cool Classic Guages instruments that have been silk screened with the R&C 50th Anniversary logo. Juliano's provided the '40 Ford steering wheel that was painted to match the interior and bolted to a Limeworks steering column. Hand lettering adds the finishing touch.