Body Meets Frame

body and frame mock-up

The Dearborn Deuce body will ride on a Deuce Steel frame. Here the two are mocked up for photos that will be used by the design team to decide where and how to modify the body.

Dearborn body on Deuce Steel frame.

No hood or grill pieces were ordered with the body since they will have to be custom built. As you can see in the photo, the Deuce Steel front frame is longer and the rails have more curvature to allow it to sit lower.

Mock-up, front view Mock-up, rear view

Mikes inspiration came from a "really nice" flathead powered track roadster he had seen several years before. He really liked that car, but figured that he would want one that had some weather protection if the need arose. He also wanted to use a Y-block motor for which he had the major pieces. The Y-block, he felt had been overlooked by hot rodders after its successfull 1957 Stock Car season against the fuel-injected GM competition. These requirements he said, "...led me to Dearborn Deuce and to Hot Rods & Custom Stuff."

Mike also wanted the car low to the ground which meant a channeled car rather than a high boy, and use of the Y-block dictated to him that the roadster had a "traditional" look. Originally he had intended to use an early McCullogh supercharger, but when he got his hands on a VR-57 Ford/McCullogh unit he decided to go with that.

Y-block motor.

During this whole process there was one consideration that always trumped everything else. This car was meant to be driven. That was the bottom line from start to finish.


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