FEATURE: 1933 Ford Speedster
David Taylor had always wanted a custom 1933 Ford and finally decided to build one himself ten years ago. Utilizing a fiberglass body with a steel nose and grill, the craftsman set about creating his ultimate speedster cruiser.
A 350ci V8 Chevrolet engine was installed on top of a custom built chassis and a Ford 9-inch rearend is responsible for getting the power to road. A Griffith aluminum radiator keeps things cool underhood and Hildebrandt wheels cover up front disc brakes and drums out back. A 4-bar coilover rear suspension and a dropped axle 4-bar up front absorb any road abnormalities.
When it came time for paint and interior, David knew just the man for the job – one with a storied history of building ultra-cool machines. David told us: “I’ve been a big fan of Boyd Coddington ever since I was real little. When I knew I could finally afford to have something done by him, I promptly had the car shipped to his shop in California.”
Boyd sprayed on a custom mix of purple and black paint for the exterior, complemented with some unique artwork on the sides. A two-tone grey leather and tweed upholstery was used for the cabin space and covers the bench seat.
The whole project took David five years to assemble and in the five years since, he’s had no complaints. “Driving it is just a blast! I don’t know how else to explain it. Even just tooling around, you’ve got a great feeling seeing people’s reactions.”
“I came across this toy model car and the resemblance is pretty striking. I took it to a friend of mine who paints and he did it up just like my car. It’s a neat little touch that a lot of people get a kick out of.”
David informed us he has no real future modifications planned for the full-size car other than keeping it aimed at an open highway and with his right foot down.
Sounds like a perfect long-term plan to us.
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