Upon first and maybe second glance, this 1933 Ford roadster looks stock—but it isn't. There are both subtle as well as dramatic changes that lead to the striking appearance. The changes are much more significant than anyone taking a casual view would catch, which makes the subtle changes even more dramatic and appealing.
Since we mentioned the rear braking we should also point out the basis for the rear suspension is centered on a Winters V-8 quick-change, PHRP drilled billet ladder bars, a Posies buggy spring, Pete & Jake's shocks, the aforementioned Kinmont-style brakes, while all of the brightwork throughout the car was handled by Dan's Polishing.
There is no mistaking a pair of Hemi valve covers but in this case these didn't come by way of Detroit—no these came from O'Brien Truckers. Did we mention they're polished to a mirror-like finish by Dan's Polishing? There is a stunning amount of brightwork within the engine compartment and it is easy to become caught up in the mirror finish and not pay attention to the mechanics. The polished Weiand Drag Star intake is topped with six, yes six, Stromberg 97 carbs and decked with OTB Gear air cleaners. But that's where their function stops. No fuel passes through these chrome-plated vintage two-barrel carbs; air is all that passes through these venturis. The baby Hemi was converted to electronic fuel injection, utilizing Big Stuff computer and harness. Keasler Racing hid the EFI components within the heads and under the billet valley plate. Exiting the spent gases goes by way of the custom headers and exhaust system from Barrillaro Speed Emporium run through Porter mufflers. Other engine appointments include the MSD ignition and Taylor primary wires, Powermaster alternator, and a copper/brass radiator by Steve Long.
It's never easy and it's never unanimous but having your roadster selected as America's Most Beautiful Roadster at any Grand National Roadster Show is an overwhelming honor. The way we see it Larry will have to limber the legs on this roadster come the summer rodding season to prove to one and all it deserves the accolades.
Article courtesy of Hotrod Network, written by Brian Brennan.