My project car was imagined somewhere between my 5th & 6th birthday after seeing a roadster on the cover of a car magazine. Someday...I thought. Well, that passion has arrived after 4 years of effort funded by a lot of overtime. I intend to drive her away, with my former workplace in the rearview mirror when I retire in a few months. There is still the upholstery and HVAC phases left to complete, but "Cindy Lou" is ready for the road.
She is assembled from the ground up from individual parts from multiple vendors, including alot of support from Yogi's. I started with the purchase of two tech books: "How to Build a 1932 Ford Street Rod," by Jay Storer, and "How to Rebuild the Small Block Chevrolet," by Larry Atherton & Larry Shreib. I tried to source my parts as American made as much as possible, with the first item being the bare block. I would say I have been successful at better than 90% American made.
I am here to attest to you that you can build a car from two books, a mechanical engineering degree, dimensional drawings, parts from various vendors, and your wife operating the engine hoist!
Body: Dearborn Deuce 1932 style fiberglass
with hideaway convertible top Frame: Custom channel-boxed 10 gauge ASC
stamped rails with tubular cross member Engine: Home built SBC 350 dyno’d @405 HP
and 419 ft/lb torque Transmission: 5 speed overdrive Tremec
manual transmission Front suspension: Fully chromed Pete & Jake’s
4” drilled & dropped I-Beam axle, hairpins,
Posies spring Rear Suspension: Fully chromed Kugel IRS,
Aldan coil-overs, drilled & slotted rotors Differential: Ford 9” Rear with 3.55:1 gears
Brakes: 4-wheel power disc brakes,
11” GM front, 11” Wildwood rear Front Wheels: 15” x 6” American Racing Salt Flat
w/3.25” offset, 5 lug, 4.5” bolt circle Rear wheels: 17” x 8” American Racing Salt Flat
w/4” offset, 5 lug, 4.75” bolt circle Tires: Cooper, Front 185/60R15, Rear 235/60R17 Steering: Maval Uni-Steer rack & pinion steering Fuel Delivery: 15 Gallon Tank, Edelbrock 650 CFM Interior: WiseGuy’s heated bench seat, Flaming River
28” tilt chrome column, 15” banjo steering wheel,
power windows, Auto Meter gages, Lokar pedals,
Juliano’s 3-point seat belts Electrical: Painless 18-circuit harness, Optima
12-volt gel-cell battery, 100 amp alternator Paint: House of Kolor - KBCO1 – Brandywine,
painted at Street Rods by Michael
As Dave's project nears completion, check back for progress reports. Let's all wish Dave well in completing his dream so he can drive into retirement in style!