Canevas Mobil of Delson, Quebec, stitched up a winning interior with razor sharp pleats an
After settling in Brossard, Quebec, a few years went by as the magazine continued to grow. During a visit to the Granby International Auto Show in Quebec, he came across a rare Offenhauser six-deuce intake for a Chevy 348ci V-8 in the swap meet and thought it would be the perfect start for his long-overdue hot rod project. Having never forgotten the inspiration he received from seeing images of the Doane Spencer roadster, he thought it would be a great opportunity to build his very own roadster through the pages of his magazine. Taking many design cues from the Spencer car, he decided to incorporate them into a ’31 Ford roadster with a nod to post-war styling remaining virtually unchanged, with the exception of a ’60 348ci Chevy nestled between the ’rails. To get the project underway, Fabrice located an original ’31 Ford spine and delivered it to Dan’s Rod Shop in Saint-Philippe, Quebec, to get started. The team at Dan’s began by first stretching the original frame 3 inches while also Z’ing the rear 2-1/2 inches, boxing it, and adding a Dagel’s Street Rods X-member to tie it all together. Out back, a ’40 Ford rear was treated to a vintage Culver City Halibrand Model 201 V-8 quick-change filled with 4.22:1 cogs suspended in place by ’40 Ford split ’bones. A modified Posies Model A rear spring combined with Pete & Jakes tube shocks help soften the bumps. Up front, a Chassis Engineering dropped-and-drilled axle deftly matched to ’40 Ford spindles and split ’40 Ford ’bones keep everything in line while a wrapped Posies front leaf spring and Pete & Jakes tube shocks keep it all smooth. To tame the horsepower, fluid pushed through a ’40 Ford master cylinder to ’40 Ford brakes capped with ’59 Buick finned aluminum drums gets the job done. Ensuring an era-perfect stance, 16x4 ’40 Ford steelies wrapped in Coker/Firestone dirt track tires up front and 16x5 ’52 Mercury M1 truck steelies out back wrapped in Coker/Firestone piecrusts, gives the car an early dry lakes feel. In following the concept of a post-war era hot rod rejuvenated after a long sleep with the addition of a later model V-8 and trans to replace a tired Flathead and ’39 box, Fabrice had Atelier Champion of La Prairie, Quebec, breathe new life into a 348ci Chevy V-8. After tearing the engine down, it was cleaned up and filled with 10.25:1 slugs from Egge matched to stock rods, and warmed-over heads while an Isky stick sets the thump. A squadron of Holley 94s perched atop a vintage Offenhauser six-deuce intake suck plenty of air, while spark comes from a ’59 GM distributor hopped-up by PerTronix. Spent gases get dumped through a set of modified Sanderson Limefire headers and gear changes work through a Borg-Warner T5 trans rebuilt by TPR of Saint-Constant, Quebec.