When hopping up your 1933-34 Ford there are two distinctive looks you can follow: fendered or non-fendered. Either way you have countless options for infusing variables into your build. It's obvious the original designers conceived the body style with all of its sheetmetal in place to accentuate its newfound flowing lines, by removing the fenders and running boards it rethinks their original plan. With your stripped-down car acting as a canvas it's best to step back and study its aesthetic appeal to determine what changes might be right for you.
At the Rolling Bones Hot Rod Shop in Greenfield Center, New York, the styling of post-war hot rods has been raised to an art form where each and every line is studied. When observing a fender-less 1933-34 Ford it's easy to see the reveal lines of the rear quarter-panel and wheelwell fadeaway pulling your vision rearward. This creates the look of a ducktail as well as disturbing the proportions of the wheel fitment to the wheelwell. To address this, Ken Schmidt and Keith Cornell of Rolling Bones came up with a plan to tuck the tail and reconfigure the proportions of the rear wheelwell and quarter-panel's reveal line so they would be in perfect balance. In getting started, Schmidt removed the rear wheel, brake drum, and backing plate, and proceeded with a roll of 3/4-inch masking tape to illustrate how and where the reveal line begins to fade off and outward. With a large section of white cardboard he proceeded to outline the wheelhouse reveal line to create a stock opening template. The template was then cut out with a razor knife and trimmed using a Burr King 12-inch disc sander for perfect curvature. It was then set in place above the axle at 12 o'clock and marked at the reveal line just before the reveal line began its fadeaway. The template was then scored using a razor knife, folded in half, and trimmed to create the perfect radius for the wheelwell. The template was then put back in place and the wheelwell was marked for the required tuck dimensions.
In preparation for the tail tuck, the gas tank was removed and the rear framerails were bobbed. A Hypertherm Powermax 30 plasma cutter was used (while wearing safety glasses) to remove the rear below decklid panel, which was a mounting point for the gas tank cover. Using the rear body reveal line as a guide, Schmidt followed the trimming into the wheelwell. The area was then deburred using a 4-1/2-inch grinder topped with a 40-grit disc. The below decklid outer panel was then unbolted and removed. From the rear of the trunk floor a measurement of 6 inches inboard was taken and marked for removal. A section of steel channel was then clamped in place for use as a guide and a plasma cutter was used to cut out the section. This area was removed to allow ample movement of the rear quarter sections during the actual tuck and will be replaced with fresh steel once the modifications are completed.