Best Ford in a Ford
Once again Ford Racing sponsors the Best Ford in a Ford award for the Detroit Autorama and this year Larry Lyke with his '34 Ford sedan took home the honors.
The 59th Detroit Autorama once again comes up with another Best Ford in a Ford sponsored by Ford Racing. This time Larry Lyke of Novi, Michigan took home the honors for his '34 Ford Tudor sedan built in a resto-rod theme with gennie headlights, cowl lamps, and bumpers.
Equipped with a Ford 302 (345hp crate motor) is backed by a Temec five-speed (matched to a Centerforce clutch) on the way back to a Currie prepped Ford 9-inch rearend. The engine is topped with an Automation tri-power, GT-40 aluminum heads, Sanderson headers, MSD ignition, and chromed Ford Racing valve covers. The wiring comes by way of a Ron Francis kit and the potent small-block is cooled by a Walker radiator and Cooling Components two-speed fan. The all-steel original body is sprayed in a two-tone maroon and black by Cas Schulty of Motor City Steel.
The chassis sports a Super Bell 5-inch drop I-beam axle, four-bar, Aldan coilover shocks, Totally Stainless bolts and fasteners. The rubber comes by way of Coker mounted to wires. The BFGoodrich Silverton radials are P185/70R15 in front and P255/70R15.
The Street Rodder Driven Award sponsored by Lokar Performance Products is given to Brian Paul for his Model A sedan.
Once again Lokar Performance Products sponsored the Street Rodder Driven Award presented at this year's 59th Annual Detroit Autorama. Always keeping in mind this award is for a street rod that exemplifies what it takes to have a nice car but once that is also driven. It is all about fun with cars and driving cars is what hot rodding is all about.
This year Brian Paul from New Baltimore, Michigan took home the honors with his '29 Model A sedan. The body, chassis, and drivetrain were handled by Hot Rod Dynamics of Lenoir, North Carolina. The body features a 5-inch chop and a 3-inch channel and a retractable soft-roof insert (maybe the original Sunliner?). The chassis features a few unique touches such as the vintage Indy car push rod-style rocker coilover front suspension, while the rear is modern NASCAR with its truck-arm control bars.
The paint, interior, and custom touches were neatly applied by Brian and fellow hot rod buddies. The pinstriping was applied by Brush by Brock. Interior appointments include bomber-style buckets with leather seat cushions by Willies Work Shop, Mooneyes metalflake steering wheel, and '56 DeSoto gauges it to the original Model A instrument cluster. The '56 speedo rests within an old spotlight (Appleton) housing.
The engine is a '56 330-inch DeSoto Hemi filled with a Clay Smith cam, reworked heads, an Edelbrock 650 cfm EnduraShine carb, and custom headers. The air cleaner is a '56 Caddy unit.
Getting the power to the 12-bolt Chevy rearend is a T-5 five-speed. The braking are original 45-fin Buick brake drums resting behind the red steelies featuring chrome lugs and center caps and trim rings.