1933 Ford Coupe - Limey Gasser
Carl Frith's Blown Hemi '33 Ford Coupe
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Rod & Custom Feature Car
Bristol, United Kingdom
1933 Ford Five-Window Coupe
Original stock 'rails with stock-style, folded K-member and Model A rear crossmember; stock front crossmember moved forward 6 inches. Front and rear framehorns removed and chassis fully boxed. Stock '33 front axle (un-dropped) stock-eyed, high-arch front spring, and a '40 Ford split wishbone. Winters Champ quick-change rear axle hung with Model A spring and stainless ladder bars with antiroll bars and Panhard rods front and rear. It has a custom, 2 1/2-inch stainless exhaust system and Schroeder Sprint Car steering box and pitman arm with homemade steering arms and dropped drag link.
The engine's a '51 Chrysler 392ci Hemi with 8:1 compression Ross pistons, stainless valves, solid lifters, and adjustable push rods that dyno'd 550 bhp at 5,600 rpm. Induction is 6-71 BDS supercharger producing around 8 pounds of boost. It has stock Imperial valve covers, an aluminum valley cover sump and timing chain cover, and the trans is a four-speed Chrysler manual (of course).
The body is chopped 4 inches in the front and 3 3/4 inches in the rear. There's an English-wheeled steel roof insert and a steering blister added to the door and cowl area. Fire Power scripts (from Hemi valve covers) are integrated into the rear quarters. It has a stock, all-original grille shell, hood top and sides, headlights, (chopped) windshield surround, door panels, and taillights with modified stands, and nickel-plated hood chassis side blisters-everything else is bare metal.
Wheels & Tires
In front, 15-inch "mag" Halibrand spindle-mounts roll in unison with Firestone Deluxe Champ 5.60-series bias-plies wrapped in Firestone 4.50-15 rubber. Rears are also Halibrands of the magnesium variety, and sport the appropriate Firestone non-belted dirt trackers.
The interior includes a full chromoly detachable rollcage, World War II bomber seats and aviation safety belts, original four-spoke Bell steering wheel, original stock '33 dash with Chrysler Fire Power script embedded, late-'50s 5-inch Stewart Warner Police Special speedo, original '60s S-W "green line" gauges, Nicson power-boat gas pedal, and homemade stainless steel twin (6-gallon) gas tanks.