The coupe body is all Ford steel, with the exception of the Rootlieb steel hood. All bodywork, including the 3-inch top chop, was done at Hot Rods by Dean. Kerr West Plating in Phoenix re-chromed the stock front and rear bumpers, with Guide headlights lighting the way. Bell Glass, also in Phoenix, installed all the fresh window glass. Back at Hot Rods by Dean, painter Chris Walker shot the PPG gray-green paint on the body, dash, and frame. The 15- and 16-inch rims from Wheelsmith were painted cream. Radials from Diamond Back Classic Tires measure P195/65R15 and P235/70R16 and, as you noticed, now wear smooth sidewalls.
Joe told us it wasn't easy finding the right color interior material to match the paint, but he did succeed and the two-tone tuck 'n' roll is one of the most attention-getting components of the car. Sid Chavers in Santa Clara, California, used green and cream leather to cover the Glide bench seat, modified for the coupe at Hot Rods by Dean. The design extends onto the door panels and into the trunk, and complements the German square weave carpeting. Dennis Crooks at Quality Restorations in Poway, California, restored the steering wheel to just like new.
Joe wisely (in our opinion) maintained the stock gauges, refurbished with new workings. He also hid the sound system. The Ford and Pioneer speakers are out of sight, the Custom Autosound Secretaudio controller is stashed inside the Arvin heater, and the receiver is located in the glovebox. The vents and controls for the Vintage Air A/C are hidden as well. The car was wired at Hot Rods by Dean using an American Autowire harness.
We got our first look at the '34 coupe at the '10 Grand National Roadster Show, where it earned an award in the Altered Street Coupe Pre-1935 class. These photos were taken between that event and the Goodguys show in Scottsdale, where we overheard the "ZZ Top car" comment. We don't know how many other comments were made about Joe's three-window at either of those shows, but something tells us that there were a lot of them and that all of them were praise.