Fresh professional build. Pat Musi built 427, 5-speed manual,
aircraft-inspired interior, show-quality paint and bodywork.
Insanely fast yet beautifully finished ’32 Ford roadster.
Now this isn’t a vintage build, it’s brand new, based around a complete 1932 Ford Pro Street Roadster package from ScottRods in Monroeville, Ohio. It’s called HellRazor and you’ll see that it earns its name honestly in a moment. HellRazor was a cost-no-object built that takes everything to the extreme: power, looks, tires, and even the interior, which offers ultra-cool aircraft-style aluminum buckets. Some of it’s traditional and some of it is pure hardcore, including the Pat Musi 427 cubic inch Windsor small block living ahead of the firewall and making somewhere north of 550 horsepower. The body is extreme, too, paring the ’32 Ford roadster down to its barest essence: shaved, smoothed, and simple so that there’s nothing to add weight or drag. Hell, just check out the trick raked-back windshield that’s designed to cheat the wind. The ‘glass was expertly smoothed and sanded, and even though ScottRods puts out some pretty darned nice stuff, there’s nothing that’s perfect out of the box. There’s a lot of time invested in getting the doors to fit better than any production ’32 ever did, and the surfaces are impossibly smooth and straight. Why go to all this effort? Because that vivid orange paint costs $3500 a gallon, mostly because it has crushed diamonds in it. Yep, you read that right: diamonds. Our photos don’t do it justice—you need to see this rod in the sunlight to really appreciate the spectacular finish and it stops traffic wherever it goes. Nobody will ever accuse this of being “just another ’32 roadster.”
The interior was inspired by aircraft design and the centerpieces are those gorgeous aluminum chairs that actually are comfortable enough for cruising. Exposed rivets add to the aircraft vibe and is echoed in the fasteners for the hand-stitched leather door panels and body panels. The fat banjo-style steering wheel has a vintage look but it’s easy to grab, because, honestly, you’re going to need both hands when you crack the throttle, and it sits on a polished tilt column so this ’32 is far more comfortable than many of its less extreme peers. Classic Stewart-Warner gauges are in the hand-hewn aluminum instrument panel, adding to the throwback look, and they all spring to life when you turn the key. There’s a switch between the seats that powers open the rumble seat lid, where you’ll find a finished trunk and remotely-mounted battery.
The heart of any hot rod is the powerplant, and this Ford is 100% Ford thanks to a 427 cubic inch V8 built by the legendary Pat Musi. We have receipts totaling almost $18,000 for the engine alone and dyno sheets to prove the horsepower numbers, and you’d better believe that it makes this Ford entertaining to drive. Upgrades include a gorgeous Hogan sheetmetal intake ($2800) and dual quads ($1500), plus $400 worth of custom sheetmetal valve covers. Inside the Dart small block Ford block you’ll find a Scat crank and rods, Mahle aluminum pistons, Clevite bearings, and a nasty thumping cam. Up top there’s a pair of aluminum Edelbrock Victor Jr. heads, Harlan Sharp rocker arms, and those two gorgeous QuickFuel 850s feeding it. Most of the parts attached to the engine are shiny polished aluminum or chrome and those beautiful long-tube headers not only look cool but sound spectacular. Be sure to check out the custom polished stainless firewall, which uses the same button-head screws as the interior, continuing the aircraft theme.
The transmission is a Tremec TKO600 heavy-duty 5-speed manual that’s one of the sweetest-shifting heavy-duty transmissions in existence and it transforms the hi-boy roadster into a car that’s actually usable in today’s traffic. The tall overdrive works with the 3.73 gears in the 9-inch Ford rear end so it just loafs along at highway speeds but needs every square inch of those giant rear tires to hook it up in first and second. The boxed chassis is robust and there’s a giant Wilwood vented and cross-drilled disc brake at each corner to reel it in on the big end. The front suspension is a Super-Bell dropped I-beam with a slider spring and hairpins, all chrome-plated of course. A Vega steering box provides surprising precision and it does ride pretty well for a high-powered flyweight. Out back, the narrowed Ford 9-inch sits on coil-overs and a 4-link with a modified Panhard rod to keep it centered under the car. Vintage-looking Cragar SS mags are wrapped in brand new Mickey Thompson rubber.
This car comes with a huge file of build receipts, including dyno sheets and invoices from Pat Musi Racing, documenting the engine build. This car was outrageously expensive to build and was expertly finished by some very talented guys. It has just test and tune miles on it today and is ready to rock. Take it home for less than the cost of parts, never mind the labor to put it all together. Why build your own, this one is faster anyway!
For more details and photos, please visit www.HarwoodMotors.com
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Exotic styling. Limited production numbers. Breakthrough technology.