Body Meets Frame
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.
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
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.
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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(Note: "Vineyard Ave." has been changed to "Auto Park
Way." Our address has changed, but not our physical location.)
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