Custom · 8 Cylinder · 20,000 miles
The starting point for this one of a kind hot rod classic was a beautiful, restored to original, 1948 Ford Deluxe V8 Convertible. It was originally Burgundy with a Tan top.
The build is well documented with a photo album showing each stage.
The chassis and suspension are the work of Kugel Komponents. The frame rails are the originals, fully boxed. A custom tubular center section was designed to withstand the torque of a supercharged engine with a convertible body, eliminating any flex or shake commonly associated with early convertibles. The suspension is state-of-the-art Kugel Komponents independent front and rear. The calibrated coil over shocks provide a fantastic ride, parallel to any modern performance luxury car.
The engine, built by MITECH Racing Engines, is a Ford Windsor, bored and stroked to 393 cu in. It is topped by a BDS Supercharger and dual Holley carbs, resulting in 520HP and 468 ft/lbs of torque on an engine dyno.
The transmission is a Ford C4, expertly modified to withstand the power under the hood.
The windshield chop and removable Carson Top are the work of Gene Winfield. The cowl was filled, rear fenders were sculptured to the body to eliminate the fender welt, and the gas fill was relocated inside the trunk. The final work and Candy Brandywine paint was applied by Hot Rods By Boyd Coddington, one of the very last cars to come out of his shop in La Habra, CA.
The all leather interior was carried out by Bills Auto Upholstery, Brea, CA.
This car is amazing to drive. The attitude of the engine is mild - easy to start and well mannered in traffic, with a light lope. The power is unlimited. The ride is always smooth, with no shake or bounce going over railroad tracks, and the car corners flat. The exhaust has a strong and tasteful note - but there are electric cutouts for showtime. This car has been driven extensively between north Orange County, CA, and San Diego, CA. Despite it's 20,000 miles since completion, it shows like a new build. It has been meticulously maintained and kept detailed from top to bottom on a regular basis, and even the full stainless steel exhaust has been removed to be re polished, keeping it show ready.
The engine was completely gone through, including new pistons, in December, 2012, and in August, 2014, the blower was overhauled and resealed by BDS.
There are many subtle modifications, each one executed to perfection. Some are listed below.
- 3.90:1 Posi Independent Rear End
- 20 gal Rock Valley stainless steel Gas Tank
- Rack and Pinion Power Steering
- 4 Wheel Power Disc Brakes, with electric vacuum pump
- Tilt Column, Power Seats (Heated), Power Windows
- Air Conditioning
- Removable Carson Top
- Custom made Dougs Headers
- Polished Stainless Steel Exhaust System
- All hardware and brackets are either chrome or polished stainless steel
- Electric Exhaust Cutouts
- New Tires
- Custom braced hood with a hand fabricated inner aluminum support
Seeing this car in person is encouraged. It can be inspected by appointment at any time. Please contact Jeff, 562 691 7006, 8am - 6pm, PDT with any technical questions. To schedule your inspection, call Chuck Clayton 714 287 6845.