After the '27 Ford windshield posts were cut 2.5 inches and the bodywork done, Ed picked up some R&M Black paint from Performance Paint & Supply in Dayton, Ohio, and sprayed all the parts and body pieces himself. The interior was the next item on the build sheet, and Ed worked with Staneck in making the bomber-style bench seat. Using 0.060 hardened aluminum (some pretty stiff material), Ed says they beat the aluminum over every pole they had in the garage to get the desired shape for the seat, then hand-bucked "a bizillion rivets" to finish the look. Ed even found a Hughes Aircraft Company ID plate on eBay for $5 that made the seat look like it was war surplus.
A trio of Stewart Warner gauges was used on the simple dash, and an owner-made steering column supports a LimeWorks four-spoke steering wheel. The drilled-out look of the steering wheel is copied in the Pitman arm hanging off the side of the cowl (it connects to a modified BMW steering box behind the dash).
After Ed added the black rubber from Dynamat and some black canvas, the interior was done. With the addition of '27 Ford headlights and taillights (complemented with a '40s-era accessory rear signal lamp from the Automobile Go-Light Company), the necessary items chromed by Metal Brite in Dayton, Ohio, and the Mutt Special name lettered on the hood by Mike Smith, the little rod was done and ready for the road.
About the only item Ed hasn't gotten to is adding some World War II aircraft seatbelts, but he has been able to take the car out and it has been well received, garnering a Top 12 award at the NSRA Nats, a Top 100 award from STREET RODDER at the Goodguys Bowling Green event, plus a Super Bell award at the Shades of the Past event. What he wasn't prepared for is the wild response both his and Staneck's modified (featured on page 30) has gotten from the general public. Who knew you could pack this much fun into such a small package?
The riveted battery box is on the passenger side of the floor under the dash, below the ti
Staneck fabbed a stylish nerf/pushbar to protect the quickie rear.
The drilled-out look extends to the Pitman arm, and more rivets can be found on the plate