Holley EFI-Equipped '33 Ford Wins the Prestigious Ridler Award
It's a '33 Ford in name only – the car was completely hand-built from the ground up. Frisbie and crew created their own custom frame from 3/16" steel and 1-½-inch diameter chromoly tubing – the same materials used today to build 300-mph Top Fuel dragsters. The beautiful ruby-red body was hand-formed from .063" inch flat aluminum panels and features a removable hardtop and one-off machined window frames. CNC-machined one-of-a-kind wheels with directional openings and custom center caps complete the low-slung machine's sleek look.
For power, the Steve’s Auto Restoration team used an all-aluminum GM Performance Anniversary Edition 427 cubic-inch big-block crate motor with aluminum heads, Holley EFI, and an EFI-2G tri-power induction system designed and built by Autotrend EFI's Dave Ehrlich. "I use Holley electronics with any EFI system I do, Ehrlich said. "I'm a stickler on that, always. I know what a Holley system can do, and I know it's going to do what it's supposed to do – every time." The block was sanded perfectly smooth and fitted with CNC-machined custom valve covers, air cleaner, and oil pan.
Underneath, the car sports an incredibly detailed independent rear suspension with remote shocks and custom-built A-arms, half-shafts, and uprights. Sanded smooth like the engine block, the GM 4L60 4-speed automatic transmission features a one-off machined oil pan. The baby-smooth rear end housing contains a third member is from an independent-rear suspension Mustang, and the exhaust is – naturally – completely custom-built, using all stainless steel pipe with machined tips.
The lush deep red leather interior includes an instrument cluster from a 1930 Nash and dome lighting first seen in 1931 Cadillacs. Plush bucket seats, custom door panels, and a hand-shaped aluminum console and unique shifter and shift linkage complete the custom interior. For a comprehensive gallery of photos of this award-winning masterwork, click here.
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