With the rolling chassis completed it was time to focus on a vintage power source that could handle the long haul. Posies looked to Wayne Crew of Springfield, Ohio, to assemble ’47 Ford 59AB Flathead loaded with stock internals capped with a pair of N.O.S. stock heads. Cooling flows through a pair of Speedway Motors water pumps to a Walker radiator while a perfect balance of fuel and air get sucked through a Speedway Motors intake crowned with a ’56 Cadillac Carter four-barrel carb. Dumping spent gases, Posies stainless headers growl through a Flowmaster muffler till they exit through a pair of zoomie-styled pipes artistically formed to exit just past the passenger’s rear quarter-panel. To get down the road a Chevy S-10 five-speed tweaked by Wayne Crew delivers the goods through a custom driveshaft by Mshar Powertrain Specialists of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. There’s nothing quite like cutting up freshly struck steel so a call was placed to Brookville Roadster for one of their Deuce three-window coupe bodies. Knowing the number of subtle changes he wanted to infuse into Henry’s original design, Posies got out the cutting tools and started by first lowering the lid with a heavy chop while retaining a well-balanced rear window opening. From there one of the most challenging aspects incorporated a ’32 roadster cowl top in place. The roof was filled and a custom extended aluminum hood was then fabricated complete with custom designed side vents to add even more classic design elements. For lighting a set of ’56 Porsche taillights were set in place while vintage Guide headlights were perched atop custom headlight mounts integrated into the upper shock mounts. The team then massaged the body to perfection while preparing it for the spray booth. In maintaining the subtle overall appearance of the project, Wendell Veach loaded his spray gun and laid down a wicked coating of PPG satin black for the body and Forest Green gloss on the chassis.
One of the main concepts throughout the build was to create a comfortable interior space allowing the driver and passenger to sit deep within the confines of the body and chassis combination. To accomplish this, Posies’ team fabricated a pair of custom bucket seats with plenty of fore and aft movement as well as an adjustable incline. They were then mounted atop small adjustable airbags for even more comfort. The team then fabricated a custom aluminum dash and filled it with a single Haneline multi-function gauge to monitor the vitals while an ididit tilt column topped with a vintage Jaguar steering wheel looks downright bitchin’. To complete the vision, the car was sent off to Rich Perez of RP Interiors in Horseheads, New York, to work his magic in creating a memorable design pattern using plenty of deep green and ivory vinyl and complementing light sage green carpeting. Elements like braided door pulls and artfully stitched shifter and emergency brake boots show an endless attention to fine details. Checking out the Deuce in person personifies Posies’ commitment to building hot rods that continue to make statements, especially when they’re driven dirty!