Old school rods are red hot right now, and they don't come much
more traditional than this 1929 Ford Model A roadster. A real steel
body, a potent 289 cubic inch V8, and a way-out flame job, this
1960s style rod is not only cool to look at but also a total gas to
Red bodywork with flames give this neat 1929 Ford a very high-visibility look. The body itself is steel, no fiberglass here, and it's all been nicely prepped and finished to look great on the road. The flames are done in the traditional style, licking out of the engine compartment and along the bodywork, and the fade is pretty cool. Up front there's a shiny '29 Ford grille shell that's chrome instead of the original nickel for easy maintenance, plus a set of large commercial-style headlights, and a V-shaped spreader bar. Details like the door handles, wind wings, and cowl lights have been deleted for a sleek look and '39 Ford taillights out back look as good here as they do anywhere else. The enclosed hood is nice, giving the car a finished, complete look that's still elemental, and the fact that the suspension is out in the open makes it part of the styling, not just for keeping the frame off the ground.
It's a roadster, so accommodations are minimalist, but the pleated red upholstery is nicely finished and surprisingly roomy in the vintage roadster. Matching door panels and a full set of black carpets give it a polished feel from behind the wheel so you don't feel like you're driving an ancient race car. There's also a fat wood-rimmed steering wheel has a vintage look and it's on a tilt column so it's easy to get comfortable. Instrumentation consists of a full set of white-faced Stewart Warner gauges that have an old time look directly out of the '60s. The skull shifter is another traditional nod to this roadster's past, and seat belts are just plain smart in an open car like this. Overhead you get a black canvas top with an opening rear window for ventilation and the rumble seat is now a trunk.
The 289 cubic inch V8 makes for entertaining driving given the roadster's minimalist curb weight. It's as snappy here as it is in a Mustang GT, and it's always nice to see a Ford engine in a Ford car. The engine is a little scruffy, but that means it's been driven and properly sorted, and we kind of like the no-nonsense functional look. There's a 4-barrel Edelbrock carburetor on top, a polished alternator, finned valve covers, and red plug wires to make it look like someone cared. Cast iron exhaust manifolds dump into a custom exhaust with rumbling mufflers to give it a great sound at idle and a full-throttle wail that definitely gets attention. It's backed by C4 3-speed automatic transmission and a 9-inch Ford rear end that's fitted with ladder bars and coil-overs. The front suspension uses a dropped I-beam axle and transverse leaf spring which always looks best on a hi-boy roadster like this. Vintage-looking aluminum wheels look period-perfect for a '60s style rod and carry a big-n-little tire combination that looks exactly right.
There are a bunch of us who grew up with rods like this, and the combination of flyweight bodywork and a potent V8 makes it an absolute thrill to sit behind the wheel and crack the throttle. Call today!
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Danny Shaffer of Bakersfield, California was awarded the FAST Revolution Award for his 1933 Ford Roadster powered by a Boss 520 at the Western Street Rod Nationals.
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