1929 Ford Model A Street Rod
The Auto Editors of Consumer Guide. “History of Hot Rods & Customs.” HowStuffWorks, HowStuffWorks, 19 Sept. 2007, https://auto.howstuffworks.com/hot-rod.htm
About this particular car . . .
This car is anything but original. Designed as a slammed hot rod, it features a completely custom body and underpinnings. This car has won numerous awards for its all-steel body and custom gold and burgundy paint.
Externally, this car also has a sporty competition chassis with a stunning undercarriage tying into a custom quad-exhaust protruding from the back, alongside the widened rear fenders and Corvette C4 taillights, which all ties together for an aggressive, menacing appearance.
Lowered and wearing distinctive gold paint with a burgundy folding top and matching body accents, this car is no automotive wallflower. The paint and trim bits are in excellent condition, including the running boards. The rear- and side-view mirrors all sport a flame design. The car has optional cowl lights and door poppers with a burgundy cloth top. The color adds a pleasing contrast to the gold body, and the burgundy serves as the body accent color.
The interior of the car features tan and beige bucket seats with sculpted back and bottom bolsters, matching carpet, and covered instrument panel. In the center of the dash are aftermarket gauges, a clock, a modern stereo, and a fuel gauge on the driver’s left side. The three-spoke, flat-bottom aftermarket steering wheel has a rim that’s mostly finished in warm-looking burled wood to match the shift lever. This hot rod has also been outfitted with Weapon-R seatbelt restraints. Custom-embroidered V8 logos also line the interior, and the doors feature shaved door handles and pop-off door openers.
The car rolls on Cooper Cobra Radial G/Ts, sized 195/50R15 in front and 295/50R15 in back. Inside of those tires are chrome and vented aftermarket wheels. Under its hood sits a beefy Cleveland 351 CID V-8 engine with an Edelbrock air cleaner and carburetor, along with a Tremec 5-speed manual transmission.
Stock A-bones are becoming increasingly harder to find, as classic car enthusiasts will attest. This 1929 Ford Model A steel-body roadster was built in the state of California, the birthplace of the original hot rods.
The history of hot rods . . .
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Hot rods and custom cars were conceived of by teens across the U.S. even prior to World War II. As they tinkered with cheap Ford Model Ts on southern California’s dry lake beds, speed became a new thrill and customization made vehicles even faster than before.
Speed junkies could jump in their hopped-up, chopped-down Model Ts and be at one of the dry lakes in less than three hours. Or, if the need was urgent, they could find a deserted back road or open field. At the lakes, the cars were timed with handheld stopwatches and placed in a class determined by the resultant time.
The drill was fairly simple: Buy the nicest roadster you could find (because roadsters were the lightest); strip off everything not needed to go fast, like the fenders, headlights, hood, and top; find some cheap used tires to replace your bald ones or to mount over your existing tires for a little extra tread; and go racing.