The four-banger is based on a Donovan aluminum block, Chevy billet steel five-main cranksh
Moving inside there are any number of items that compete for your attention; there's the dash panel, the seating, the aluminum work, and of course the pair of Model T oil pans blended together by SHRS to create a faux transmission cover. The truck dash (with Model A eyebrow) is outfitted with a Diamond T dash insert Stinger rescued from a junkyard. From here RRT machined a brass insert ring, while Fairfax machined the stainless and brass dash knobs (light switch, push button start). The gauges come from Classic Instruments (Boyne City, MI) and, they too, sport the Indiana-look logo. Making all the electrics work fell to Jared Zimmerman of RRT who neatly routed the wiring. The SHRS forward-tilting bomber-style bench seat features a built-in lumbar while all stitchwork was done by Jim Griffin (Bend, OR) using embossed brown leather. The isolated squares of black diamond rubber make up the floor covering. Lawrence Laughlin of RRT machined the pedals out of brass resembling the "no-slip" aftermarket units once sold for the Model T.
Since the very definition of a hot rod is, "build a car, or truck, that represents your values with enhanced performance" we would be remiss if we didn't call attention to the potent four-banger that nestles between the 'rails. Of course, to call this four-cylinder a "banger" may be unkind. It's a Donovan aluminum block wrapped around a Chevy five-main crankshaft connected to Cunningham H-beam rods pinned to TRW Chevy forged flat top pistons and wrapped with Sealed Power molly filled rings. Now that's a short-block.
Original concept drawing by Brian Stinger of Stinger's Hot Rod Shop who gets credit for pe
The Marvelous Mechanical Designs of Harry A. Miller is a must for rodders. It's loaded wit
If the motor is the soul of a hot rod then the cam is its heartbeat. Paul Kosma (Horn Lake, MS) machined and assembled plenty of heart and soul into this 201-inch four-cylinder, beginning with a COMP Cams special Offy profile stick along with an aluminum timing gear by Dan McEachern. A vintage aluminum Miller Hi-Speed head was packaged by Steve Serr and designed with 6.5:1 compression, 1.94-inch intake and 1.50-inch exhaust valves coupled with dual valvesprings and shaft-mounted aluminum 1.5 ratio roller rockers. An RRT machined valve cover closes up the head. Ignition and electrics are a combination of a Mallory Model B distributor machined to work with a Honda Civic ignition cap while the alternator is a Powermaster. Cooling this power-packed four is a Steve Long brass radiator, an aluminum Steve Serr water pump, and a Model T fan.
Minus the nifty cover, the RRT 8-gallon aluminum gas tank, fuel pump, and battery box are
In the world of hot rods you need sizzle to go along with the bang. Kosma built the bang and RRT built plenty of sizzle with the custom intake propping up a pair of Stromberg 97s (deburred and safety wired) topped with '30s-era Chris Craft marine air cleaners. More RRT sizzle includes cloth-wrapped MSD 8mm wiring adding to the vintage appeal, and stainless steel headers/exhaust system running to Flowmaster mufflers. In the category of "copious amounts of patience," RRT also drilled, spiraled, and safety wired all the engine bolts. In fact, look closely and you'll see safety wire used throughout the truck.
So, how does all this power get back to the quick-change? A Tremec SD T5 (five-speed) coupled to a Mustang hydraulic clutch package and operated by an RRT shifter that's how. The World Class Tremec was put together by Astro Trans from Tavares, Florida. The missing link between the tranny and rearend is the custom driveshaft from Wilkinson's Custom Driveshaft in Lafayette, Indiana.
In the final analysis, why would George build a hot rod that is so intricate, some would say even over-the-top? The best answer is in his quote, "I really love a challenge and I feel we (myself, SHRS, and RRT) built more than a truck-it's a masterpiece." Tough to argue with positive results.
The shocks are highly detailed, and we do mean highly. MG Sprite (bug eye) lever action wi
Hot Rod Works quick-change rearend is superbly detailed.