1933 Willys Hot Rod Coupe
This 1933 Willys coupe is one incredible and tough hot rod. The story of this car began in Southern California where the body of this car was created from a mould of the original Brasher and Cummings Coupe, a well-known Vintage Gasser that drag raced for over 30 years from the early ’60’s through ‘til the ’80’s. It is said to be one of only a few bodies that were made from this mould and it’s certainly unique. The body made its way to Australia along with an original chassis where it changed hands a couple of times as an unfinished project. The car was purchased by the current owners out of Perth (sight unseen), but having been part of the hot rodding, drag racing and car scene for over 30 years, they knew exactly what they were in for prior to undertaking the build.
The first step was to take the original chassis to Steve at Early Time Autos who braced it and supplied all the components to bring it up to a rolling stage. A Vega RHD steering box was used and a nine-inch housing was fitted to the ladder bar, coil over rear end. Magnum Axles in the USA built a special order dropped tube axle to suit. Next, Cahill’s Speed Shop took on the task of steeling out the body, installing a floor along with making the mechanism for the flip front end. They also fabricated the tunnel and various other items like the power window setup which, like everything on this car, couldn’t just be purchased as a kit off the shelf.
The power train was put into the car which starts with a blueprinted and balanced 350ci Chevy V8. The engine features Scat internals, Wiseco forged pistons, Comp Cams camshaft and is topped with a TBS 8/71 Blower and dual Quickfuel 750 Carbs. Ignition is provided by a digital MSD 6AL programmable ignition system which allows for laptop or computer tuning. Power is fed to a built Turbo 350 automatic transmission with Hurst Lightning Rod shifters, a rare and super cool period touch! A set of custom stainless-steel headers are heat wrapped and flow into a dual 3” exhaust. The rear wheels are connected with a braced 9” diff with LSD centre and 3.0 gears. Pulling things up are Corvette disc brakes up front with an XY Falcon power booster. The custom grille hides a PWR radiator and thermo fans that keep everything cool.
Juice Customs was next up, being tasked with necessary fibreglass repairs that included filling the roof and making repairs around the headlights and wheel arches, before coating the lot in white in preparation for what was to come. The car was then given an identity and brought to life thanks to Damian Gibbs of Masterart Designs. Gibbs was briefed on the project vision but ultimately given free rein to work his magic. The result is an awesome mix of patterns, candies, fades, pinstriping and gold leaf. The name “NITRO METHANE” was plastered down the side along with some custom decals and the result is something that looks like it could have been pulled right off the drag strip in the 60’s. The period look continues with the Rocket ETs up front and Radars on the rear, polished in traditional style.
Inside the car was treated to a custom trim by Atomic Kustom Fabrication who hand made the Aluminium, swaged and dimple dyed panels. A pair of black bucket seats sit either side of those bad ass lightning rod shifters. Aftermarket gauges fill the dash and there is a chrome steering column that holds the period metal flake octagonal steering wheel.
The car has been fully engineered as LH10 on full QLD Hot rod registration. Since being completed the car has featured on the front cover of both Cruzin magazine and Australian Street Rodding. Rarely does the opportunity to purchase a vehicle like this come up outside of the USA. This car was built here in Australia, engineered for QLD and is ready to enjoy!
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