Rod & Custom Feature Car
Ralph Whitworth
Winnemucca, Nevada
Trojan T

Due to the cross-section and taper, it appears that Harry made the Trojan's chassis from Model A 'rails, boxing only the front half. He narrowed the A's rear crossmember and replaced the front with a tube and forward perch. He fabricated the transmission crossmember from OEM bits and steel stock. Harry used a '37-40 axle, including part of the torque tube. He split the radius rods, welded bungs to their ends, and by way of tie-rod ends mounted them to tabs that he welded to the transmission crossmember. He also used the stock Model A spring, which just happens to match the axle's spread. Due to the geometry, rear shocks may have been an afterthought. Flying A replaced them with adjustable Pete & Jake's Alum I Shocks. Up front Harry started with a '38 V-8/60 tube axle. He removed the forward ends from the wishbone, ground them smooth, and pinned them to the axle backwards, thereby relocating the stock spring behind the axle. Then he welded plates to the axle. By way of those plates, four bars with spherical rod ends link the axle to tabs on the frame (and here you thought four-bars were '70s!). He used the entire Model A steering sector, mounting it with its mast poking straight up through the floor. Shrouded shocks mount to tubing welded to the chassis and to the spring shackles.

The 322ci Buick reportedly was a GMC commercial-truck engine that Harry equipped with higher compression pistons and sportier cam. Most recently Ken Lighthouse at Ken's Automotive Restoration cleaned it up with a .060-inch over-bore. Before Ken Lutzow buttoned it back together, the block and heads got ground, smoothed, and painted white just as it had been. Dave Bengochea recreated the once-open pipes (the originals got butchered for mufflers). Once again a Weiand Drag Star manifold with six Holley 94s threatens to foul every plug in the engine with one careless blip of the throttle. The Dynaflow's enclosed driveshaft made it an ideal match for the Ford banjo rear axle. Flying A rebuilt this one, and other than paint detail, a chromed pan and torque tube, and Harry's one-off shifter, this one's rock-stock.

Wheels & Tires
Flying A chose the most popular version of Harry's car when it came to the rollers. The combo consists of 15x5 and 15x7 steel wheels with '55 Plymouth caps. The front wheels wear 5.60 BFGoodrich Silvertown tires. The rears wear recapped 27.75x8.5 slicks from Hurst Racing Tires.

Body & Paint
Harry chose the first of the all-steel Ford bodies, the runabout with the low hood mount that lasted from '16 to '22. Other than shaving and channeling it the height of the chassis, he kept the body basically stock. The turtle deck, on the other hand, is entirely custom. Harry made it by grafting pieces of a '58 T-bird deck. He made the fenders from bits and pieces of a '59 Chevy hood. Originally the deck was solid, but at one point Harry gave it a lid and a very sophisticated sealing channel. Harry also filled and cut down a '32 passenger-car grille shell and insert. Bob Hogg at Seaport Automotive originally painted the car '57 Pontiac Limefire Green Poly with a touch of flake, but this time Parker Arrien at Flying A shot it and replicated John Cassaubon's flames. Dale Weber of Weber Graphics lettered and striped the car following the lines John Cassaubon laid down half a century prior. The headlights are Dietz-style 7-inch sealed-beam conversions, which are similar to, but larger than, the 5 1/2-inch tractor lights (probably Guide or Yankee) that Harry used. They sit on Lee's Tornado-style cast-aluminum stands. The taillights in the rear deck came from a '58 Chevrolet.

Working with similar white vinyl, Dave Martinez replicated the trim job that Denzell's Top Shop originally did, right down-or is that up?-to the top cover. Harry likely used original black-face Stewart Warner gauges with the winged logo; however, Flying A used the company's later interpretations in white. Ken Lighthouse engine turned the aluminum panel behind those gauges. Harry originally chrome-plated the sole of one of his daughter's bronzed baby shoes and used it for a pedal; however, Flying A used a Moon pedal. Ken Lutzow wired the car.