Dan Kruse
Monrovia, California
'32 Ford Roadster

Drivetrain: The roadster was originally destined to receive an LT1 nestled between the framerails, but while visiting his car that was coming together at Boyd's shop, Dan happened to notice a brand-new ZR1 in the driveway. Upon closer inspection he realized that the all-aluminum Lotus-designed dual overhead cam, 32-valve, 405hp V-8 supercar powerplant would be perfect for his project, and the game plan was modified. The exotic engine is as big as a Chrysler Hemi, so frame bits had to be modified and a 700-R4 automatic was mated to the back for space-saving considerations. A 2,500-rpm Gilbert Nevarez Racing converter spools, spins, and channels power to a Boyd's independent rearend with Posi-traction. In case you couldn't tell already, this car hauls

Chassis: A set of Just-A-Hobby rails were pinched in front and kicked up in the rear by the crew at Hot Rods by Boyd, and the result is an ultra-low stance perfect for this high-tech rod. Hand-fabricated tubular four-wheel independent suspension is complemented by Carrera shocks and a Corvette rack-and-pinion setup. Wilwood brakes reside on all four corners.

Wheels & Tires: Boyds spindle-mount billet wheels measure 15 inches in front and 17 inches at the rear

Body: A Wescott's Auto Restyling fiberglass '32 body served as the starting point for this piece of rolling artwork, and Keith at the Boyd shop fabricated a three-piece aluminum hood to match. A deuce shell was shortened 1.5 inches and filled with a Dan Fink grille, while the taillights and license plate were recessed in the rear for a cleaner look. Teardrops were incorporated into the hood sides to clear the mammoth LT5 cylinder heads.

Paint: Keith at Hot Rods by Boyd sprayed the Midnight Black and Cadillac Green paint, thereby creating the first two-tone Deuce ever done by the shop. The mask line was set at the car's beltline, which helps blend the two colors together gracefully.

Interior: The father and son team of Chip and Sam Foose designed and built the custom seats, which feature teardrop armrests and a stitch line that matches the lines of the dashboard. Dark green leather and tweed cover virtually everything in the cockpit, and a custom gauge cluster and polished aluminum steering wheel finish things off.