There’s nothing like the growl of a legendary Ford V-8 lurking under the hood of a Ford hot rod, so Mike contacted Roush Racing for one of their fire-breathing 402ci powerhouses. Filled with a forged 4340 steel crank linked to matching H-beamstyle rods and Wiseco 10:1 slugs, a Roush Proprietary cam completes the base while Roush Performance aluminum heads, an Edelbrock Performer intake, and Holley Street Avenger 770-cfm carb, seal the deal. An MSD ignition sparks everything to life to spit fire through Sanderson headers and a custom exhaust fabbed by The Hot Rod Garage.

Linked to an ’85 Ford AOD by Performance Automatics of Gaithersburg, Maryland, plenty of abuse spins through a custom driveshaft by The Hot Rod Garage to feed the 9-inch Ford rear. With the rolling chassis completed, the team shifted their focus on the vintage steel, ironing it clean and updating it with a filled roof, custom firewall, mini-tubbed wheelwells, and lowered headlight bar. To bring plenty of glamour to the mix, the team prepped the car for final paint and laid down a lustrous coating of custom-blended DuPont Hot Rod Garage Red. To add plenty of brilliance, Jon Wright’s Custom Chrome of Grafton, Ohio, plated everything that wasn’t painted, including the custom front and rear stainless nerf bars crafted by The Hot Rod Garage. To add plenty of class to their business office, Dean Alexander at The Hot Rod Garage covered a Glide Engineering front seat and custom back seat with butter-soft brown leather complemented by matching wool carpet. An original dash is filled with gauges from Classic Instruments to monitor the vitals while a Juliano’s banjo-styled steering wheel helps navigate the course.

Seeing the completed car with its perfect stance and newfound attitude proves that the team from The Hot Rod Garage nailed the look of yet another vintage Ford. With Mike and Marcia already laying down the miles, we’re sure there are plenty of chapters yet to be written.