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Kevin's Killer Coupe
24.3.06. Kevin Foster has always had one overriding ambition – to own a stunning ‘34 Ford three-window coupe. He’s been a hot rodder for many years, and owned a 1932 Ford Roadster in which, by his own admission, he felt slightly vulnerable. He had always hankered after a ‘34 three-window coupe, and when, by chance, he was able to acquire one, there was no question as to the identity of the person who would be entrusted with the build – Jon Golding at Home Grown Hot Rods.
What you see before you is undoubtedly one of the finest, hot rods ever built. In fact, it won Best Hot Rod at the recent Xtreme Wheels Show on its public debut. Understandably, the car was cordoned off from the general public, which meant you couldn’t really see those lovely details, which are a feature of all Jon’s creations. We’re delighted, and privileged, however, to be able to show you a whole lot more of this knock-out ’34 Ford here.
Kevin supplied Jon with a stock, original boxed frame, equipped with a 1934 Ford coupe body, which had been chopped and had the ‘A’ posts slanted backwards in the style of the famous “California Kid” hot rod. The roof and cowl have been filled, while the hood is stock, along with the grille shell and splash aprons.
The rear frame horns and fuel tank have been removed, and in their place is a beautiful, louvered rolled pan, which has been grafted in and equipped with 1937 Ford tail lights. Running the car fenderless means you can fully appreciate that wonderful body shape. It is often said that “less is more”, and in the case of Kevin’s coupe, that couldn’t be more accurate. The car can only be described as minimalist in execution. It is clean and uncluttered, and has been lowered with a traditional rake, all of which helps to create that “killer” look.
Given the traditional approach to this particular ’34, it is entirely appropriate that it should roll on ET wheels. Ten-spoke Gasser wheels are utilised up front (they required machined front hubs to fit) and Five-Windows at the back. The Gasser wheels are based on the design of the original spindle-mount units, but are now available as bolt-ons so they can be used on the road with brakes. Speaking of brakes, substantial stopping power is provided by a combination of Willwood discs and callipers at the front, and drums at the rear. The canary yellow coupe sits on a dropped aluminium I-beam axle, equipped with SO-CAL hairpins, and a Ford 9-inch rear with coil-over shocks.
Motivation is courtesy of a small-block Chevy crate motor, equipped with a period-style, triple carburettor induction system, which drives through a B&M automatic transmission.
The final piece in the jigsaw was the interior, and for this, Kevin turned to top upholsterer, Neil Tadman. Carrying through with the “less is more” approach evident throughout the car, he created a simple, but beautifully detailed design incorporating diamond-stitched panels on the black leather used to cover the individual bucket seats and custom-made door panels.
What you don’t see with any finished car, of course, is the hard graft that goes into creating it in the first place. Whether it’s the painstaking fabrication of the brackets and mountings, the design and manufacture of the elegant front nerf bars and rolled rear pan, the careful positioning of the stainless steel brake lines, the beautiful welding evident in the custom-made exhaust system, or the carefully considered installation of those lovely gauges and switches, it is all of these things, and more, which go to make a show-stopping car.
And there can be no doubt that is exactly what Jon and Kevin have created. It’s definitely a knockout!
There's only one thing better than having a beautiful three-window coupe in your garage - and that's having two of them!
Story & photos: Andy Kirk