Ford 5-Window Coupe Street Rod
A fantastic representation of the timeless hot rod
355 cid V-8 engine
4-speed manual 700R4 transmission
The Motorcar Offered
Built by Rick Giles, a noted hot rod fabricator who was responsible for the 1927 Ford Roadster used in the film Dream Machine, this 1930 Ford Model A 5-window coupe is a nationally renowned example of the breed. It has received substantial press coverage over the years and was featured in various programmes produced by the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association. Construction of this amazing machine began in 1994, starting from a collection of parts that were then chromed and polished to create what you see here today.
Body – The grill shell was replaced with a modified 1932 Ford Fiberglass Grill Shell, with it and the stainless steel insert shortened by seven inches. The original steel body has been channeled and lowered 7-inches over the frame with a new 10-guage steel floor, which is also used for the firewall separating the interior from the 20-gallon polished aluminium fuel tank. The roof panel was filled with 10-gauge steel and has all-new hardwood, which is also used through the whole body.
Frame – For more interior space and better high-speed stability, the wheelbase was stretched 7.5-inches. The frame boasts a raised front crossmember, reversed I-spring, and a front axle with 4-link suspension that has been dropped 4-inches to achieve the proper rake. The frame members are boxed rails with custom crossmembers and a ladder bar coil-over rear suspension. The frame also has a custom trailer hitch for pulling a trailer.
Rear Axle – A narrowed Ford 9-inch unit fitted with Auburn posi-traction and 3.89 gears has been installed.
Wheels – The rear wheels are 15 x 12” Aluminum Weld Pro Stars with 4½-inch back spacing. The front wheels are from the same manufacturer but are sized 15 x 6”.
Tires – The rear tires are Hoosier 29 x 15.5 Radial Pro Street and the front tires are Yokohama P195/60 R15 Avid H 4s Radials.
Audio – The car is equipped with a Pioneer AM/FM cassette and CD with a 12-disc changer located behind the passenger seat. It has a 100-watt subwoofer, two 6 x 9 coaxial speakers in the rear, and two 4-inch coaxial speakers in the side panels.
Engine – The 355 cid Chevrolet V-8 has been balanced and blue printed with the highest quality internal components including Keith Black pistons, an “Extreme Energy” camshaft and matching lifters from Competition Cams, and aluminum cylinder heads that have a 10.75:1 compression ratio, oversized valves, high-lift springs, stainless roller rockers, and heat-treated push rods. The carburetor is a Holley 750 cfm mounted on an Edelbrock RPM Performer intake manifold with a custom K & N air cleaner and chrome block hugger headers.
Transmission – Highly modified 700R4 Chevy 4-speed automatic transmission with a 35% overdrive and High Stall converter, as well as twin oil coolers. The transmission has been modified to only shift manually in every gear other than drive, when it operates as a standard automatic.
Interior – The interior is heated and air-conditioned, while the steering wheel tilts and telescopes. The door operated interior lights also have auxiliary travel lights for reading maps at night. Windshield wipers and seat belts have been added for additional safety.