Posies had Wayne Crew rebuild a ’47 Ford Flathead to stock specs complete with a pair of N
For decades Posies has been building hot rods that push the design envelope by infusing just the right amounts of creativity, vision, and excitement within each build. It’s one thing, however, to produce cars with such highly redeeming features that look great in the show world, it’s another to put them to the test on a yearly basis by running them hard cross country through the elements. Sometimes it only takes two words to make a statement that speaks in volume: driven dirty. Back in 2006, Posies conceived the Driven Dirty Tour, which consists of a group of dedicated hard-core hot rodders who were ready and willing to drive their hot rods cross country from Posies shop in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, to SEMA in Las Vegas, covering on average 2,500 miles each way. The trip however isn’t just about putting their rides to the ultimate test by merely driving non-stop (stopping only for fuel and a bag of burgers) to see who gets there first. It’s about plotting a course (which changes yearly) that includes plenty of breaks to visit with friends, shops, manufacturers, various auto collections, points of interest, and some great restaurants along the way. The best part is that Posies puts a fresh build to the test every year and when the cars finally arrive at SEMA, they are shown dirty covered with all the remnants of their journey on the show floor. While most real hot rodders get it, there are always a number who pass each car while scratching their heads in confusion.
Custom seats by Posies allow passengers to sit deep within the business office. Rick Perez
Posies latest creation, known as the Flat-Out ’32, started with an idea to meld plenty of subtle and seductive design elements combined with vintage power and iconic looks. As with any build, starting with a rock-solid base was paramount and in order to get just the right ground-hugging stance with plenty of room for the passengers, Posies and his talented staff started from scratch. Engineering the frame, the team began with a set of Deuce ’rails, which they boxed and stretched, increasing the wheelbase by 1-1/2 inches while also adding a subtle kick fore and aft and a C-notch out back. To allow the driver and passenger to sit deep within the confines of the interior compartment, a transmission tunnel spine was fabricated from 10-gauge steel integrating the transmission and driveshaft tunnel to the floorpan and frame. With this accomplished the occupants sit a mere 1/8-inch above the bottom of the framerails. To further enhance the rigidity of the frame, a set of 1-3/4-inch tubular side rails were constructed from 0.95-wall steel tubing combined with tubular crossmembers. To complement the vintage theme of the build a 9-inch Ford rear by Johns Industries filled with 3.70:1 cogs was suspended in place by Posies adjustable SuperSlide parallel leaf springs combined with Pete & Jakes tube shocks and a Posies Panhard bar. Getting the frontend slammed to the ground was no small feat. A 4-inch dropped Super Bell tube axle was deftly matched to ’37 Ford spindles and anchored in place by a pair of split ’40 Ford ’bones, which were flipped and pie-cut. To smooth out harsh roads, a Posies Dual Flex spring combined with tube shocks from Pete & Jakes gets the job done. Going fast is easy, but when it has to come to a halt a dual master pushes fluid through stainless lines to Lincoln binders up front and Ford’s out back while navigation is compliments of a Maval rack-and-pinion. To anchor the stance to the pavement a set of classic big ’n’ little Dayton wire wheels wrapped in Coker Excelsior’s up front and Coker/Firestone dirt trackers out back seals the deal.
The front axle is a Super Bell with ’37 Ford spindles and drum brakes and a Posies SuperSl
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.
Posies has always been one to jump right in on the building of any car he touches, whether
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!