Don Moyer III
'31 Ford Model A Roadster
Paul and Jim Sullivan did much of the initial work on the '32 frame 60 years ago. The rails were Z'ed six inches, and bobbed at both ends. Don III widened an F-1 crossmember to fit, added the F-1 steering box, and recreated the square rollbar that had been a big part of the roadster's personality. He retained the stock front springs were retained. The rear suspension includes Model A wishbones and swapmeet shocks. The brakes are '40 Ford 13-inch drums with a '61 Chevy truck master cylinder.
The '63 327 that Don built is not meant to be a clone of the Sullivan brothers' 265, but definitely follows the style. The Chevy runs stock cast iron heads with chromed Corvette valve covers, and ram's horn exhaust manifolds, running to 2-inch steel pipes with Smitty's mufflers. Don topped the Offenhauser 3x2 manifold with triple Holley 94s with original air cleaners from Cal Custom. A modified '39 shifter controls the '39 Toploader 3-speed, and a stock '32 torque tube driveshaft runs back to the '32 rearend with 3.70:1 gears.
Wheels & Tires
Don chose 6.00-16 and 7.00-16 4-ply whitewalls from Denman tires, mounting them on 16x4 and 16x5 Ford steelies, like the ones Lazy 8 rode on prior to its show car days.
Body & Paint
The rebuild included repairs to the original sheetmetal, fabricating a rear roll pan, bobbing the front and rear fenders, replacing the ruined floor with custom pans, building a removable transmission cover, adding a '32 grille with chromed insert, and creating the cloth top. The six-inch chop was done when the roadster was first hot rodded back in the early 50's. Don mounted vintage aftermarket Guide headlights, and used an old bicycle mirror as the side mirror. Don's father had painted the car green, but Don III decided to take it back to the earlier red, which he discovered by carefully scraping off the green. When he was done, Ray "El Vago" Smith from Tecumseh, Michigan, added some traditional pinstriping around the '46 Ford taillights and on the decklid, where the bare-bosomed vampiress had once widened innocent eyes.
The old paint and graphics remain on the modified steel dash, where 50+ year-old graphics run between the Stewart Warner gauges. Don mounted the '40 Ford steering wheel on a Ford column modified with a Chevy bowl, and upholstered the VW bench with white vinyl. The cylindrical headrests are NOS swap meet finds, exact to Don Jr.'s version. The seat belts are original aviation belts from the Irving Air Chute Company. The Fox Craft shifter boot and Cats Eye turn signal switch are other retro details that appealed to Don III, and just about everyone else who has seen the rejuvenated Lazy 8.