1941 WILLYS

This 1941 WIllys coupe is the definition of overkill. The compact body has been stuffed with a blown V8, full air-ride suspension, a snug-fitting custom interior, and an outrageous paint job with hand painted flames. If you’re out to get noticed, this is definitely the right car for the job.

Second only to Ford’s line of 3-wondow coupes in terms of popularity, the 1941 Willys has the right look for the pro-street makeover. The body seems to be just barely big enough to contain the mechanics within, and with those teardrop-shaped headlights and electric shaver grille, there’s no mistaking it for anything else on the road. The fiberglass body is by IDA and is beautifully finished, showing expert workmanship from every angle, with doors that fit well and an open engine compartment that accommodates the oversized blower poking out the top. The bright orange paint seems to glow from within like it’s radioactive. The flames were done exactly right for a high=visibility.

There’s actually more room inside than you would expect by looking at the car, and the neatly trimmed bucket seats make it easy to spend time in there. The dash carries a full array of easy-to-read gauges from VDO. A center console houses switches for the power windows and trunk, and a powerful stereo at your fingertips. A B&M shifter manages the TH400 3-speed auto transmission. The trunk has been upholstered with vivid purple carpet with finished housings for the oversized wheel tubs and bulkhead. The 355 cubic inch V8 is from a Big Al’s Toy Box and is fed by a Littlefield 6=71 supercharger

1933 Alloway Speedster

Length: 13’ – 2”
Weight: 2,100 lbs.
Horsepower: 300
Max Speed: 90+ MPH
Engine: Chevrolet LT1
Transmission: GM 4L60E

This hot rod has an incredible build history. The coach was assembled by Alan Johnson, owner of Johnson’s hot rod shop in Alabama. A world renowned custom shop, Johnson’s has won many awards including the Street Car Builder of the Year, the Daimler Chrysler Excellence Award, and many others. For this car, Johnson teamed with Paul Atkins who completed the interior. This car has simple lines, but many interesting features that are quite noteworthy.

Whether looking under the hood or under the frame, the car has a completely detailed, show quality finish. The striking colors of the car coupled with the polished Boyd Coddington custom wheels, provide a striking appearance. The car has added features including a power lift trunk, tilt steering, and Pete and Jakes custom gauages. You will also notice this car has no mirrors. It was built with a LCD backup screen under the dash which is coupled with a fold down license plate that contains the camera. The lack of mirrors adds to the minimalistic and clean lines of the car.

This car was previously owned by Robert “Pete” Petersen, renowned hot rod pioneer and founder of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

1933 Ford Zipper Roadster

Length: 14'-6"
Weight: 1,400 lbs
Horsepower: 400
Maximum Speed: 100+MPH
Engine: 302 cubic inch (modified)
Transmission: Automatic

This very unique street rod was purchased from the original owner, who built this custom car, starting in 2006, using a 1933 Ford Zipper as its foundation. Darrell Zipp opened Zipper Motors, was founded by Darrell Zipp in 1986 when he began introducing very unique body styles to the hot rod industry. His cars quickly earned the moniker “Zipper”. This particular car earned its name because the front end mimics the distinctive front end radiator grille design of a 1933 Ford. When the car was built, nearly all of the superstructure was supplied by Zipper Motors. This included the body, windshield, frame, rear axle, suspension and steering systems. The engine and transmission were sourced from a 1993 T-Bird and heavily modified to enhance street performance.

Other components were custom built. For example, the wheels on this car are custom built triple cross spokes with knockoff. Under the hood is a motor-driven antique-style horn. And, in front are distinctive Woodlite headlamp shells. To travel in style, the seats are covered with a unique leather and they are heated!

1932 Ford Roadster Street Rod

Length: 14'-3"
Weight: 1,225 lbs
Horsepower: 325
Maximum Speed: 120+MPH
Engine: 350 cubic inch
Transmission: Aut0matic

This street rod was custom built by SoCal customs, a well known custom car builder in southern California. This street rod is a great example of a show car that has lots of muscle, but is easy to handle. The 350 cubic inch engine produces approximately 325 horsepower combined with a 9” differential in the rear end. The differential is attached with 3- link rear suspension which attaches to the frame at three points and is designed to keep the rear axle centered, and to keep the axle from rotating. This configuration works especially well under hard acceleration at the drags or hard cornering at the track.

Other features include a motor driven lift for the rear deck lid, and custom wheels. The striking copper metallic finish, combined with the small raked windshield and open wheel concept make this a head turning street rod!

1925 Ford T-Bucket

Length: 14'-6"
Weight: 1,450 lbs
Horsepower: 375
Maximum Speed: 100+MPH
Engine: 388 cubic inch (modified)
Transmission: 350 Turbo-hydromatic

This street rod was built in 1950 by Don Brusseau, the legendary founder of Bay Area Roadsters. This vehicle was constructed entirely by hand over 60 years ago and has a rich heritage. The foundation of the car is a 1925 T-Bucket body, a seamless Shelby seamless frame and a hand-made wooden pickup bed. The car was originally built as a serious street racer but was modified over the years as a show car. The car has won many awards but the most prestigious was at the 1960 Oakland Roadster show where it won the "People’s Choice award. The car was also was also featured in a 4 page spread in a 1960 issue of Hot Rod magazine called "You Can’t Fool the Public".

Some of the additional upgrades which Mr. Brusseau placed on this car include a fully chromed 350 cubic inch engine which was stroked to 388, long-tube headers, a VW bus torsion bar rear suspension and low slung headers, which allowed for the addition of a passenger side door.

Until now, this car had remained as part of the Brusseau family collection. It is truly a piece of hot rod history!

1923 Ford T-Bucket Hot Rod

Length: 14'-3"
Weight: 1,225 lbs
Horsepower: 350
Maximum Speed: 120+MPH
Engine: 350 cubic inch
Transmission: B&M-built automatic with cooler

This T-Bucket car is a striking example of a street hot rod. The car was professionally built using a Total Performance chassis as its foundation. Before installation the engine was balanced and blueprinted. It has a Petronix ignition and is topped by a striking Edelbrock carburetor. In addition, the fuel system design includes a custom built fuel cell and electronic fuel pump.

The drive train includes a custom built transmission and shifter, and a 9" Ford differential. The Mickey Thompson tires on the rear provide great traction and are mounted on Centerline rims. The front rims are a more unusual solid, rivet design. Disc brakes are installed on all 4 wheels.

The front end styling of this hot rod is somewhat unusual with a slightly extended front end, and a square-ish radiator complimented by rectangular headlamps. With its red paint finish this car is a very striking example of the 1923 Hot Rod!

1923 Ford Model T Custom Hot Rod

The Model T, also known as the Tin Lizzie, was produced by the Ford Motor Company from 1908 to 1927. It was the car that opened travel to middle-class America, and was named the most influential vehicle of the 20th century. The original Model T had a 2.9 liter engine, and produced 20 horsepower. Because of their durability, and the fact that over 15 million were made, these cars became a favorite among hot rod manufacturers.

This particular car was customized by a private collector in Ontario, California, and is representative of traits often found in custom hot rods. The car retains its metal body, along with a flat windshield that is similar to the original design. The drive train was updated using an aspirated Chevrolet engine mated to an XX automatic transmission. In addition to enhanced performance, the extensive use of chrome plating and brilliant colors reflect the showmanship aspired to by hot rod owners.

1923 Ford T-BuckeT

Length: 11'-1"
Weight: 1,225 lbs
Horsepower: 325+
Maximum Speed: 120+MPH
Engine: Ford V-8
Transmission: Automatic 3 Speed
This T-Bucket car is a classic example of a T-Bucket which has been fitted with sturdy racing equipment that is ready for every day street use. This includes extra wide rear street tires, a beefy single axle suspension, a moderate use of chrome, and an upright split windshield. In addition there are lantern style running lights, a turn signal mounted on the lower steering column and a full six-gauge complement of instruments on the dash board.

In the engine compartment , the use of an Edelbrock manifold and carburetor, which are mainstays in the racing industry, ensure solid performance from the engine. One unusual item up front is the use of a belt driven fan. Most T-Buckets have electric fans. In this case, the installation of an extra large radiator help keep the engine cool.

1920 Ford T-Bucket

Length: 12'-3"
Weight: 1,225 lbs
Horsepower: 325+
Maximum Speed: 120+MPH
Engine: Chevrolet V-8
Transmission: Automatic 3 Speed

The construction of this car was a combination effort of an individual car collector and a custom hot rod shop in southern California. The original owner’s desire to produce a striking show car is evident by the use of color and chroming. This eye-catching appearance is further accentuated by an elegantly long, front-end extension, making this car over one foot longer than any other T-Bucket in the collection. Additional visual features include an eight pipe exhaust system, an extended air cleaner assembly a radiator topped by a winged moto meter radiator cap, dual rear shocks and lantern-style tail lights.

This car has been fitted with a surrey frame which accommodates a fabric top that has an oval window. Unlike many T-Buckets the exhaust pipes and suspension were designed to be low slung so that a passenger side door could be installed.

The cooling systems on T-Buckets need to be hardy, because of the high performance nature of the engine. As a result most T-Buckets and street rods have replaced the belt driven cooling fan with an electrical fan. In addition, as an added safety measure, the moto meter radiator cap provides a visual display of the motor’s temperature.

A final item of note is the fully chromed Jag differential on the rear end of the car. The Jag differential has unique characteristics in that it is strong, it has independent rear axle for each wheel and has inboard disc brakes which sit next to the differential. These all make for a stunning look for the driver of the car that is behind you and trying to catch up!