ChassisA boxed original '33 Ford frame provided the platform to which Roy Brizio Street Rods attached all of the new chassis components. Frontend components include a Super Bell 4-inch dropped I-beam axle, Pete & Jake's hairpins and tube shocks, Buick finned brake drums on matching Wilson Welding finned backing plates, a Vega steering box, and a Durant monoleaf spring. Under the rear of the frame, a Winters quick-change rearend is surrounded by a pair of Pete & Jake's ladder bars, Aldan coilovers, SO-CAL finned brake drum covers, and a Brizio Panhard bar.
DrivetrainRetro muscle for the '33 comes from a rebuilt '65 Buick Nailhead. Freshened up to factory specs by B&B Machine shop in Chico, California, a mild cam and a pair of Edelbrock 500-cfm carburetors on a factory GS intake spice up the 425ci mill. Dress-up items include a pair of factory finned valve covers, a Mooneyes air cleaner, and chromed OEM pieces. Maximizing performance is a set of Sanderson custom headers. Backing up the engine is a T5 manual/overdrive trans originally found in an S-10 pickup and now shifted by a modified '39 Ford stick.
Wheels & TiresTimeless good looks in the rolling stock department come from a combination of 15x6 and 15x8 chrome Mercury wheels and caps from Wheel Vintiques wrapped in 5.60x15 and L-78x15 whitewall rubber from Coker Tire.
Body & PaintWhen originally located, John's '33 Ford coupe could best be described as "complete," as the condition was less than favorable. To get the Ford back in respectable shape it was hauled over to Dan Laughlin Customs in Anderson, California, where all the original tin was massaged before Eric Sanderson sprayed on the '57 Chevy Sierra Gold paint. Exterior details include a pair of BLC headlights, stock taillights on shortened stands, a repro Nottingham grille, Rock Valley stainless steel bumpers, and custom lines laid by Rory.
InteriorMaster stitcher Sid Chavers whipped up a stunning gold and white interior in a traditional hot rod pattern over a custom made seat inside the three-window. Complementing Sid's work are chromed garnish moldings and a cut-down '39 Ford banjo steering wheel. The stock '33 Ford dash was left unmolested by adding a few Stewart Warner gauges to the header panel above the windshield.
Something Olds Something BlueThe 1932 CoupeIn the business world, some of the best deals are struck during dinner. In the world of hot rodding, great deals can occur almost anywhere, but when the hot rodders also happen to be businessmen, a professional dinner meeting can morph into a bench racing session, dealing gets mixed with wheeling, and some really interesting business can take place before dessert arrives.
Take the story of John Mumford's ultra-traditional '32 Ford coupe, for example. John, a successful venture investor, said that it all started when he sat down at a dinner meeting with a high-tech executive. During the course of their business discussion, the topic of conversation shifted to cars. That's not unusual when talking to John, whose interest and participation in hot rodding goes back to his high school years. His youthful taste in hot rods stuck with him into his adult years as he acquired more cool cars. His enviable collection of traditional rods and customs now rivals most hot rod museums, but his deep interest in early Ford three-windows never ended.