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Ref # 75
1940 Special Const Ford Street Rod Coupe

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CHASSIS NO: CA972099

• 2012 STREET RODDER Road Tour Car
• 5.0-liter Ford Coyote engine
• Vintage Air air-conditioning


The Road Tour car is somewhat a barometer of the industry. Right now, there is a push toward cars being usable; that is, they need to do everything, all at once, and look good. It’s gotta be quick, handle, get decent MPG, have air-conditioning and a nice interior. Easy. With so many eyes on the Road Tour car, it’s a showcase for the latest and greatest, such as the all-new ’40 Ford coupe body from Dennis Carpenter. How cool is that? I mean, call them up, and boop! You’ve got a perfect, rust-free body. Skip right to the fun part! No one can deny that the Chevy LS-family of engines has plotted a course for world domination. For nearly a decade, it seemed the new small block couldn’t be stopped, until last year that is, when the Blue Oval boys loaded up their guns with a 21st-century incarnation of the 5.0L. The Ford Coyote engine is shaping up to be a worthy adversary to the Chevy small block, so the 2012 Road Tour car was fitted with a sparkly new engine in a box straight from the Ford Racing mother ship. Gearstar prescribed a six-speed auto for double-digit MPG ratings as well as mind bending acceleration.

Fatman Fabrications has been in the game a long time, offering suspension solutions for hot rods for years. Stance, ride quality and handling have traditionally been the focus of street rod underpinnings, in that order. Nowadays, Fatman gives equal helpings of all three and dispatched an all-new chassis for the coupe. The rest of the build sheet for the ’40 reads like your Christmas wish list: Aeromotive, Comp Cams, FAST, Painless, PPG, Strange, U.S. Radiator, Vintage Air, Wilwood and many more.

Troy Ladd and the rest of the crew at Hollywood Hot Rods have been in the hot rod news lately earning a rep for turning out really well-built, traditional rods. After inspecting the all-new ’40, Ladd decided it needed a little something to set it apart. A one-inch chop is certainly a lot of work, but the finished product really sets the car off as well as confirms that Hollywood Hot Rods can hold it down.

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