Blown FLATHEAD! RADICAL CAM! CHROME THUNDER 1932 Ford Roadster!
McCulloch Supercharged 41 Ford Flathead V-8!!!!! This is a flathead- the Ardun valve covers are actually simply covers that we had cast. And the video is by amateurs.
CHROME THUNDER, an early production 1932 Ford DeLuxe Roadster, was bought by my uncle, a WW-II Navy pilot, in 1946. It became one of the legendary hot rods that burned up the streets of Memphis during the 1940's to mid 50's. Street racing was king then, and uncle Walter raced this car on Main Street in downtown Memphis as well as the former B-17 bomber base at Halls, TN where drag racing east of the Miss. began in 1946. A practical joker, Walter frequently fueled the car with skywriting gas and drove through downtown Memphis-smokin' out the streets in retaliation for local coppers ruthless harassment hot rodders. Parked in 1962, the car sat for over 40 years. We rolled the car out of its resting place in 2003 and the car took to the streets again in 2005. The Supercharger oil seal failed 3 yrs ago, and we decided to install an experimental cam based on the old KR Wilson Harley Davidson cams. It was ground in the 1960's for veteran Bonneville World Record holder Paul Kosma. This cam is one of the MOST radical flathead cams to date. The light spot on the right door is where the clear paint has peeled back. WE buffed the body and applied clear which has become quite dull over the last few yrs. This winter, the original steel body, which features lead work done by my dad Captain Jack II in 1959, will be re-buffed and cleared again.
It's not a restoration and never intended to be. It's just an old hot rod- slightly ruff around the edges and unrestored, but running with the original gas tank, radiator, and nearly 70 year old Firestone white wall tires.
The dash insert is from a 1931 Pierce Arrow- turned upside down. The car features an original pressed front axle- done in 1948. Individual Exhaust stacks and a hot vintage cam bark a sound resembling the radial engines which powered the aircraft my uncle flew- the F6F Hellcat and F4U Corsair.
All of my family who rode in this car back in the day have passed on. This living breathing piece of American culture history soldiers on....
Custom Supercharged Flathead Ford V8
A supercharged Flathead Ford V8 with a Cragar roots style blower, custom billet aluminum intake and pulleys, Demon carburetors. It has a set of our "EVANS" cylinder heads on them as well. As you may know, Evans made cylinder heads for the flathead v8 back in the day, and now we are since it is our last name as well! These heads are thicker than any of the aftermarket heads that are offered today, so more water will flow through them for better cooling. Feel free to leave your comment! Thanks!
Vintage footage of the 1963 Smokers Fuel & Gas Championships at Bakersfield.
1929 Model A Roadster AV8
First test drive after breaking in the cam, still lots of fine tuning left!
1929 Ford Model A Roadster
239 Flathead V8
Isky 400 Cam
39 Ford Transmission
40 Ford Rearend
40 Ford Brakes
Built by LG Kustoms & Hotrods and the Clutch Poppers Car Club in Edmonton Alberta Canada
My dad's Flathead powered Nostalgia front engine dragster. We broke a piston at our last race and couldnt get pistons in time for this one, so we machined our own on the lathe and balanced them and everything. The car ran a 13.40-something or other in this run, which is about what it will do. Next years plans include 331 Chrysler Hemi