Out back, the guys installed a stout, venerable 9-inch Ford axle. Filled with 3.73 cogs and a limited-slip differential. One-off, I-beam four-link bars were utilized to locate the rearend along with a matching Panhard bar. CHRA worked with Detail Mold and Design to manufacture these beauties (front and rear). Aldan Eagle shocks and a Posies spring suspend and cushion the rear. The 11-inch drum brakes with SO-CAL finned covers finalize the “whoa” duties.
The rolling stock in any build is paramount to the overall vibe a car puts out and we gave considerable thought toward the rollers. EVOD Industries machined these referring back to my sketches. In their design, I tried to emulate an early magnesium-style wheel that might have been used on some European racer from the early ’50s—maybe rediscovered in someone’s barn and refurbished to today’s standards of finish. Sized in 16x6 and 17x8 with just the right offset front and rear, I think everyone involved nailed it! The 185/55R16 and 255/55R17 Pirelli radials have a vintage look while affording the advantages of modern tire construction.
While shooting for a sophisticated look, at the core, this is a hot rod and as such, the drivetrain needed to back this up! A TWM fuel-injected, Roush-built 427 backed with an aluminum-flywheeled Tremec five-speed and McCleod Racing clutch does just that. Back with the engine, TWM injection harkens toward a vintage mechanical-type look but, once again, with modern reliability. Adding even more reliability is a complete MSD ignition system. Custom-made air filters and valve covers and other bits and pieces by Detail Mold and Design help detail the gold-colored block. Accessory brackets were custom fabbed in-house at CHRA. Custom-built headers snake back to Stainless Works steel pack mufflers. All of this muscle is kept at operating temperature with a Griffin copper radiator.
A major factor of a hot rod roadster rubbing shoulders with classic road racing heritage is the interior. It has to, by default, have an air of simple sophistication. The interior finishes must also play nicely with the exterior. All thoughts toward design for the interior were run through these simple parameters. The dash is based on a ’32 Ford piece with an inverted Studebaker gauge housing filled with Classic Instruments’ finest. A matching tach connects the dash to the ’40-style steering column from LimeWorks. Chapman maintained the wheel design I scratched out a few years prior and Greening Auto skillfully made it happen.
Brown leather covers the Glide seat in an understated but elegant manner along with door panels that coexist with the seating. Beautiful brown square-weave carpeting serves as ground zero for this roadster. Detail Mold and Design made the custom door trim that accents everything else. Much credit to Chapman for the exclusion of material things like stereo and A/C … as nice as this car is, it is, after all, a hot rod roadster, built for escaping the realities of day-to-day living!
Of course, right alongside stance, fit and finish are paramount! I think they were all very much wanting to paint the car some form of bronze or brown, simply for the richness these hues afford. The decision was made to use a modified Glasurit bronze. Masterfully applied by Charley Hutton, but not before all the subtle body modifications were performed.
Original Ford tin along with Steve’s Auto Restorations quarters were extensively tailored and pushed/pulled to subtly accentuate the already-beautiful form that is a ’33 Ford! Custom floor and trans tunnel fabbed in steel along with custom hood sides with stock-style louvers added in a slightly more forward and up position. Much-modified sheetmetal wraps around the interior’s perimeter. A new snap strip was extensively reworked to reposition the top back by 3/4 inch. Top bows were modified along with the windshield frame to net a 2 3/8-inch chop at the front. One-off recesses were formed for the custom taillight stands and the headlights were dropped to a more pleasing elevation. Mini-tubs were built in the rear quarters for clearance sake. All chrome was applied by Jon Wright’s CustomChrome Plating to really seal the deal!
Customs and Hot Rods of Andice is Chapman’s answer to not being able to find a decent hot rod shop in his area, so in true hot rod fashion, he built his own shop. We’re glad he did, as this new shop is turning out some incredible cars with more on the horizon!