Rod & Custom Feature Car

James “Jim” Holmes

Mountain View, California

1933 Ford Five-window coupe


A fully boxed Brizio ’34-style chassis forms the foundation for the ’33, with a Durant leaf-sprung Super Bell I-beam on Pete & Jakes hairpins. Super Bell spindles and 10-inch disc brakes complete the frontend, along with Pete & Jakes tube shocks and a Brizio panhard bar. A dual Corvette master cylinder with Wilwood proportioning valve is hooked to a Brizio pedal assembly, with steering courtesy of the ubiquitous Vega box. This is hung on a Pete & Jakes four-bar, with a Deuce Frame Company antiroll bar and QA1 coilovers.


The 0.030-over 283 was machined by B7B Machine in Chico, CA, and uses an Elgin Machine camshaft, with a FAST throttle body on an Offenhauser intake. A C2 Corvette air cleaner makes it all look older than it is, coupled with Vette valve covers. A PerTronix distributor lights the fire within, while Sanderson headers and MagnaFlow mufflers remove waste gases. Behind the 283 a McLeod Racing clutch and flywheel feed the power to a Tremec five-speed, and on to a Currie 9-inch equipped with a limited-slip differential and 3.70:1 gears. The rearend was located 4 inches farther forward than stock in order to center the wheel in the rear fenders, which were moved up and forward on the rear quarters during the sectioning process.

Body & Paint

Originally sectioned and channeled some 50 years ago by Bob Schneider and Dee Wescott, Bill Ganahl at Roy Brizio Street Rods replaced or restored the rear quarters, cowl, firewall, fenders, and all the rear panels, to include all of the original reveals and contours. All replacement panels are from Steve’s Auto Restorations, while Jack Hagemann fabricated the hood from aluminum. The ’67 Corvette Goodwood Green was applied by Darryl Hollenbeck’s Vintage Color Studio. It has ’40 Chevrolet headlights with stainless bumpers from Rock Valley.

Wheels & Tires

As with so many Brizio projects, chrome ’50 Mercury wheels and caps found their way onto the coupe. The Wheel Vintiques wheels measure 16x6 up front with 3 inches of backspacing, and 15x8 on the rear, with 4 inches of backspacing. Firestone bias-ply 16x5.00 and 15x8.20 whitewalls were used respectively.


The original dash and garnish moldings, as well as the Juliano’s banjo steering wheel and ididit column, were all wood grained by Juliano’s, with the dash now housing Classic Instruments in an engine-turned Haneline panel. Jim Vickery at Brizio’s wired the coupe using an Enos panel, before Sid Chavers stitched the tan Naugahyde interior, with a custom bench seat, and added German square-weave carpet.