The Wolfswinkel name should be familiar with readers of STREET RODDER, as it was Daryl Wolfswinkel who won the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award with his black 1934 roadster in 2011. It was built in Chandler, Arizona, by Doug Jerger and his team at Squeeg’s Kustom—a group of craftsman who not only deliver quality goods, but do it with an extreme attention to detail.
Jimmy Smith and Squeeg teamed up on the design of the roadster, which has both ’32 and ’34
As Daryl’s award-winner was being assembled, his son, Cole, was interested in having a roadster built as well. Just into college, he worked out a deal with his dad that, if Daryl would pay for it now, Cole would repay him for the cost after he gets his career going. That sounded good to Daryl, but the project really started after he met Drew Backlund of Drew’s Marine in Spokane.
Backlund had worked with the famous Holman Moody (H/M) race team back in the day, and still had many of the engine parts and pieces that were leftover from H/M’s Boss 429 program, which were run in NASCAR races in 1969 and 1970. Once Daryl saw the motor, he knew it was right for Cole’s ride, and the project’s spark had been ignited.
CP (aka Competition Proven) was the trademark of Holman Moody—the world famous race team.
Daryl and Cole had originally wanted to build a Kugel Komponents Muroc roadster, but they’d all been sold, so Jerger (or “Squeeg” as both he and his father are known) suggested they use Marcel DeLey to build a body from scratch. DeLey agreed to the build, but needed some drawings to go by, which is when Squeeg contacted Jimmy Smith with some of his ideas to put colored pen to paper. The concept would be similar to a Muroc roadster, but with a mix of ’32 and ’33 Ford design elements. Once Smith got the drawings completed, everyone agreed the car should be built.
Squeeg’s determined the frame should be built at Pinkee’s Rod Shop in Windsor, Colorado, and parts included a Kugel Komponents IFS and IRS, with a Winters quick-change centersection. Aldan coilover shocks are on each corner, as are Wilwood discs. To keep things clean up front, Squeeg’s had Kugel mill the lower control arms used in the front suspension so the brake fluid would run inside, effectively eliminating the sight of the brake’s flex line. Once the chassis was back at Squeeg’s shop, it was determined (with the engine capable of producing 700 pounds of torque) some extra bracing might be a good idea, so they added extra tubing. Based on Jimmy Smith’s drawings, Mike Curtis of Curtis Speed Wheels carved up some 16x6 and 18x9.5 rollers that were wrapped in Hoosier front and Mickey Thompson rear hides.
Stuffed way down in the engine bay is an original 429 Shotgun motor from the 1969-70 Holma
Since the H/M Boss 429 engines were to be used in a race car, some provisions needed to be addressed for this one to be used in a street car. There is a large water outlet in the front of each big Hemi head, so Squeeg used some polished stainless steel plate and tubing to route the water up to a remote thermostat. Other design concepts included polishing the C4 transmission case (assembled by Gary Rogers at Arizona Precision Transmission in Mesa, AZ) before Squeeg’s painted over a portion of it, adding a platinum pinstripe between the two finishes.
The platinum color was used again on the bottom of the body, which is where Squeeg’s laid out two SS stripes that run the length of the underside, just for some added detail. The body was painted at Squeeg’s using a custom-mix of PPG paints called Competition Proven Red, which was inspired by the color found in Holman Moody’s CP logo.
It would be hard to calculate how many award-winning interiors California’s Gabe Lopez has stitched together over the years, but several hundred would probably not be out of line. Lopez had done the work in Daryl’s AMBR winner, so it was only right he would do Cole’s car, too.
The notch in the framerail allows the chrome-plated headers (custom-made by Pinkee’s Rod S
Lopez used leather in a horizontal pleat for the custom bucket seats and a diagonal pleat in the door panels, which added a little bit of European feel into the concept. A combination of German square-weave carpet and leather covers the floor, and more leather is stretched over the trans tunnel and custom center console.
Drilled out gas and brake pads (that connects to a Kugel 90-degree underdash master cylinder) complement the custom three-spoke steering wheel designed by Squeeg’s and fabbed at Karas Kustoms in Mesa, Arizona. Karas Kustoms also created the gauge panel, which houses the five Classic Instrument gauges that were wired into the Haywire seven-circuit system installed at Squeeg’s.
Once the car was finished it was readied for the 2013 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California—the show where Cole’s dad won the AMBR award two years prior. The roadster was accepted as a contender (a high honor in itself) but it did not win the grand prize. It did, however, win the Steve’s Auto Restoration award, AMBR Outstanding Paint, and AMBR Outstanding Engine—some major bling. And though built as a showpiece, it will not remain so. Both Daryl and Cole believe cars are built to be driven, and the pair can’t wait to get the shotgun roadster out on the road and just see what that Boss 429 can really do.
Just the Facts
Owner: Daryl Wolfswinkel
Gabe Lopez did all of the stitching for the Shotgun Roadster, adding a little bit of Europ
More Gabe Lopez upholstery is found in the trunk, and the smooth underside of the lid is t
Kugel Komponents supplied both the IRS and IFS to the project, which also uses Wilwood dis
Marcel’s created the blister in the hood to help clear the Shotgun motor, and the design i
A Brookville Roadsters grille shell was thinned out and then chopped before a Dan Fink Met
Wrapping the one-off Curtis Speed wheels are 205/45-16 Hoosiers up front and 305/45-18 Mic
The custom PPG paint color, Competition Proven Red, was mixed and sprayed at Squeeg’s Kust
All of the car’s chrome was done by Jon Wright of Custom Chrome Plating, including the mod
Back in November 2008, the aluminum hood and sides were being fabricated at Marcel’s Custo