Flames, Flatheads, Fenders, Fatboys: the American hot rod has many manifestations. Each is the personal expression of its creator, which is both the charm and the attraction of the street rods. Some take T-buckets, some favor ’40 Fords, others prefer Plymouths or choose Chevys. The permutations and combinations are endless but the essence of the genre is high performance and individual expression.
The Deuce offered here is a beautiful example of the classic street rod. Built in the late ’60s and restored in 1980, it features a Chevy small block in ’32 Ford frame rails. Its “mouse” motor is bored and stroked to 350 cubic inches with a 650-cfm Holley four-barrel carburetor on a polished aluminum high-rise intake manifold. The engine uses a 30/30 camshaft and HE ignition. The GM Turbo 350 automatic transmission with Hurst Indy shift kit complements the small block’s power with crisp shifts and driver-friendly utility. A Tilton starter gets it all going. The motor is cooled by a Walker radiator with twin automatic cooling fans for reliable performance in low-speed cruising or traffic. Camaro front disc brakes behind 15×6-inch wheels rein in the Chevy’s ponies, along with stock drums on the ’57 Chevy rear axle with 15×7-inch wheels.
The Wescott body is adorned with candy purple paint accented by Cadillac Pearl white scallops. Chrome valve covers, alternator, water pump and air cleaner carry on the classic street rod theme, completed with chrome headers and stainless steel exhaust. Upholstered in white Naugahyde carried over to the runningboards and removable top, the fully carpeted interior features Stewart-Warner gauges and chrome steering column.
This rod has been featured in American Rodder magazine twice, including a centerfold and cover. Ready to cruise in pride, it is a characteristic expression of the street rodder’s art.