Ford Chromzilla Custom Show Roadster
At first glance, this smooth Deuce appears like any other impressively built show rod, combining the best elements of modern and period hot rod cues and construction techniques. That, however, is where the similarities end. The car’s multitude of remarkable and subtle details begins with the boxed and reinforced Deuce-style frame, which includes custom-fabricated tubular cross-members. The frame and all chassis components were then finished to an incredibly high standard, allowing for the car’s extensive chrome plating.
In fact, nearly 2,500 of the car’s components have been chrome plated, appropriately giving rise to the car’s “Chromzilla” moniker. In addition, over 900 bolts and fasteners were hand-fabricated for the car, along with logos and nameplates that extend to the instrument faces, steering wheel and even the brake calipers, giving the finished product a level of cohesiveness and detailing matched by few, if any, of its show competitors, past or present.
A tubular front axle with a five-inch drop provides the menacing “hot rod” stance, while the rear coil-over suspension is a work of art in itself, based on a Tiger quick-change center section. Wilwood four-wheel disc brakes provide stopping power, while rolling stock consists of beautifully chromed custom wheels and low-profile radial tires. The hot 454-cubic inch Chevy V-8 mounts a unique Inglese induction system with four Weber dual-choke carbs and is mated to a Turbo-Hydramatic 400 automatic. Countless chromed, painted and polished components round out the engine bay.
The Brookville steel bodywork was painstakingly prepared prior to the application of the black finish by Jeff Greening, with the sculptured green flames first outlined with pinstripes by Josh Hughes and then filled in by Wade Hughes. Greening then applied and buffed the clear-coat, with the car’s mirror-like finish a tribute to the fastidious preparation of the underlying bodywork. Paul Atkins fitted the striking green interior. The overall result is simply stunning.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
454 cu. in. Chevrolet V-8 engine, Inglese induction system with four Weber twin-choke carburetors, GM Turbo-Hydramatic 400 three-speed automatic transmission, dropped tubular front axle, coil-over rear suspension, and Wilwood four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes.
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel