The Hotrod (don't call it a rat rod).

About 12 years ago, I decided I needed a traditional hotrod. After lots of research, I had a very clear picture in my mind of how it would look. It would be a 1931 Ford Model A roadster with a 4-speed. It would not have fenders, a hood or anything that looked "new". It would also be extremely simple, with no added crap dangling off of it. The doors don't even open. I just step over. 

By the time the build was complete, the hotrod had a 355 cubic inch SBC engine with Eagle crank and rods, Speed Pro pistons, a Summit cam and 3 deuces. The valve covers are original Edelbrock sand-cast finned, the radiator grill shell is a 4-inch chopped '32 Ford. Yep, I got the 4-speed I wanted. It's a Muncie M-21 4-speed and a Ford 9-inch positrac rear end with a four bar. The split bones are from a 1939 Ford. The wheels are from a 1949 Chevrolet and have had their hubcap mounts shaved and filled. The dash is '32 Ford, the steering wheel and column are 1940 Ford. The windshield is cut 4 inches. The tires are Firestone Gum Dipped from Coker.

My friend Steve did the striping, which completed the car. I mean, it's freaking perfect.

I updated a few things that made sense. The front brakes are disc with Wilwood master cylinder and pedals. The clutch is hydraulic. 

I've been a gearhead for decades, but no other car has ever brought me so much happiness and good times. It'll easily top 100mph, and in a car of this type, that's freaking amazing.   

Sean Roberts

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