There’s something to be said for determination in the world of street rodding. In fact, it is something that reaches out to all car guys, no matter their preference in style. For Loganville, Georgia, resident Kevin King, determination is one of many traits that transformed an outdated 1932 Ford Vicky into an incredibly tasteful street rod with custom touches throughout.
Kevin started the build in August 2004 in his home garage handling a great deal of the work himself, while friends stepped in to help with paint, wiring, and interior. Justin Sears, Justin Keller, Steve Satterfield, Jason Murrell, and Joe Perri are a few of the friends who helped, and Kevin always had the support of his wife, Marney, and daughter, Ansley, who was still in diapers when the project began.
Kevin had a long list of ideas to make his Vicky stand out, but the subtle nature of the modifications offer the perfect blend of styling cues. A quick glance does not reveal all of the cool details, but we’ll do our best to point them out.
Beneath the Rootlieb hood is a 357ci small-block Chevy, fit with Edelbrock heads and match
The aspect that garners the most attention is the car’s stance. Kevin’s ’32 sits on an original frame, which is outfitted with a Super Bell 4-inch dropped I-beam front axle and Posies Dual-Flex spring to get the nose in the weeds. The old four-bar setup was replaced with hairpin radius rods, while a set of SO-CAL Speed Shop disc brakes that include Buick-style finned covers provide the right amount of traditional style. Out back, the rearend is from a ’55 Chevy and features a Yukon Posi differential with 4.11 gears. The rear suspension features a four-link with Pro Shocks coilovers, which allowed Kevin to dial in the stance to his liking. The ultimate “wow” factor is the big ’n’ little rolling stock, which consists of large-diameter Hot Rod Steel wheels and Firestone Dirt Track tires from Coker Tire. The wheels measure 17x4.5 inches in front and 19x4.5 inches in back, while the tires come in at 5.00-17 and 8.20-19, respectively.
Underhood is a small-block Chevy, but this is not a crate engine. Kevin knows it inside and out because he built the stout small-block with help from Steve Satterfield. Maloof Racing Engines handled the machine work and Kevin assembled the 350 block with a SCAT crankshaft and then stuffed a set of Sealed Power pistons and SCAT rods into the 0.040-inch bored cylinders. A COMP Cams Big Mutha’ Thumpr camshaft provides an aggressive idle and great performance. The cylinder heads are Edelbrock Performer RPM aluminum castings, and they’ve been sanded and painted with John Deere Blitz Black to match the rest of the engine. The intake is also an Edelbrock piece, treated to the same satin black finish. Fuel comes by way of a Vintiques tank and flows through a Holley HP electric pump before reaching the Holley Ultra HP 750-cfm carburetor.
Aesthetically, the engine features a “Moon” theme, which is finished off with a spun aluminum overflow tank, signed by Bill Jenks, who began working for Dean Moon in 1960 and died in 2009. Kevin made a great effort to include many limited-edition items on his Vicky and continued this concept with the exhaust system. He used a pair of Flowmaster “Flugger” mufflers, which are numbers 52 and 53 out of only 1,000 produced. He also added an element of sanitary style by hiding all of the lines, hoses, wires, and cables, thanks to a great deal of help from longtime friend, Justin Sears.