If any of you have been to any Goodguys events this year, the name George Poteet is one that you’ll recognize. While walking around the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, we stumbled across George’s 1934 Ford 3-window coupe. This is the same car that took home the 2013 Hot Rod of the Year Award at the 3rd Speedway Nationals in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Underneath the hood lies a 1965 Buick Nailhead built by Russel Martin. The block packs Ross pistons, with custom headers that handle the fumes. A Richmond transmission transfers the engine’s power to a Winter’s Quick-Change for the rearend.
The suspension of the 1934 Ford 3-window coupe features a ladder bar setup riding on a transverse leaf spring system in the rear. The front is dropped 4-inches with JRI shocks that sit on Real Rodders’ wheels at all four corners. We think this hot rod has a perfect stance.
As for the inside, the ’34 features rare, Greenline gauges that were modified for the car’s dashboard. 1965 Chevrolet Impala seats were added to the car, while David and Schober (of Schober Custom Hot Rod Interiors in Sandwich, Illinois) took care of the leather work.
Originally, the car started with a body from Steve’s Auto Restoration in Oregon, but then gained a personality of its own. Dave Lane, of Fast Lane Rod Shop in Donahue, Iowa, painted this car with a Chroma Premier Hugger Orange that made the coupe stand-out. He then gave the top a 3 ½-inch chop upfront, and a 3-inch chop outback to complete the look.
This hot rod was a real pleasure to photograph; after reading so much coverage surrounding the car, it was nice to see it in person. We couldn’t agree more with the decision to make this the 2013 Hot Rod of the Year and we’re sure this won’t be the last we see from George Poteet.