The 33 Fuel Coupe
This is an inhouse project – owned by the shop. Collaboration with Carl and Donna was the basis of the build. A oneoff piece with deliberate details. Russ Nomore has the perfect salt flat design from the laidback windshield posts, perfectly proportioned chop, channeled body, pinched rails, bobbed rear section, etc. An excellent platform for a distinctive traditional build.
The rear frame rails are drawn in on this oneoff chassis. Track width front to rear has been manipulated to keep moderate sized tires on the rear in line with the front. Every inch was calculated for the desired stance, aspect ratio, etc.
We selected a Pete and Jakes front suspension with a Mavel rack. Superbell axle and Ford discs on all four corners. 9 inch rear with QA1 coil overs and a Strange Engineering chunk housing a 389 positraction differential. Carl manufactures the ladder bars, components, cross members, etc. including the fuel tank, grill shell, hood mounting components, you name it.
Power comes from a 377 cubic inch aluminum headed small block Chevrolet with a hydraulic roller cam, and a cross ram intake with two four barrels. It’s backed by a manual shifted power glide with 2:08 straight cut gears and an Abruzzi Racing 4000 converter. Should be fun.
Paint is to be Volkswagen Anthracite Grey in PPG Concept single stage (taken from the oem color chart from 1956). Donna Duke will stitch the interior on a seat manufactured in house at Russ Nomore. A Limeworks column, Lecarra roadster wheel and Classic Hot Rod Series instruments in a custom cluster add to the minimalist old school theme. Even the column drop is a custom item from Maund Performance in the shape of a connecting rod.Down to the Offenhauser throttle pedal and Dynadeck floor, things are kept simple. No a/c, windshield wipers, etc. Blinkers and brake lights along with the ignition round out the electrics.
Coker Cheater slicks with dirt track fronts ride on ET wheels from California, specific to this build.