Keith MacIntyre’s ’27 Ford
Keith MacIntyre’s ’27 Ford Went From Farm Utility Vehicle to ’60s-Era Show Rod
When the first
automobiles rolled off the assembly line their owners’ lives were opened up to a whole new era of transportation, travel possibilities, and, of course, racing. Regardless of whether it was used to get to work or venture off to new places to experience things they had never seen before, ownership surely had its benefits. As the years passed many cars found their way to salvage yards. There were also the ones that became repurposed—and that’s where race cars come from!
Such is the case with our feature car, originally owned by a farmer in Paris, Ontario, Canada. While the ’27 Ford T coupe served its owner well for years, being his main transportation into town, it eventually wound up becoming a service vehicle on the farm. With the rear decklid removed and holes added for a hang-on point, workers would stand on the running boards and pick apples into crates mounted in the trunk. It was eventually retired and stripped ’til it was just a body and fenders resting on a bare frame. After decades of sitting on stands it was finally discovered and repurposed, this time by a young hot rodder getting his start. For Keith MacIntyre of Binbrook, Ontario, the car was a perfect platform to channel his ideas into, not only saving the car’s fate but to also hone his skills as a builder.
Keith’s earliest inspiration came from diving into stacks of old rodding magazines when his friends were head over heels for imports. At this point he turned his focus to the past and vintage iron, hungry to learn more with each passing day. It was fate that he became friends with members of one of Canada’s oldest hot rod club, The Roadmates, whose members took great pride in helping school him on traditional hot rodding and personal history from the region. Another great friend and mentor who helped guide him to understanding and respecting tradition was Jack Look who not only shared classic stories of the past, but also plenty of guidance during the build of the car. The first rendition of the T coupe was a rough-around-the-edges budget build that Keith spent plenty of seat time with as well as drag racing it at the local racetrack. Built in a small, one-car garage at home with plenty of encouragement from his family it was a perfect springboard into rodding. As the years passed he eventually opened Binbrook Speed and Custom to focus on client builds.
Urged by good friend Chris Matthon to tear down the car and start fresh to pursue his dream of a true ’60s-era show rod, the pair picked it down to a bare chassis for a full rebirth. The Model A frame was stretched to 106 inches to accommodate the new driveline followed by a 12-inch kick out back and 5 inches in front. It was then boxed for added strength and matched to a Model A front crossmember, flattened Model A rear crossmember, and custom K-member. Out back a 1962 Ford 9-inch rear was filled with 4.33 Richmond gears and suspended in place by a set of custom Binbrook ladder bars combined with a stock Model A rear spring and Pete & Jakes tube shocks. Up front it’s totally traditional with a ’33 Ford axle dropped 2-1/4 inches by Kohler Kustom mounted suicide-style along with 3-1/2-inch dropped spindles, split ’32 Ford ’bones, and a reverse-eye Model A spring with plenty of dazzle from the chrome vat. To add plenty of stopping power an early Corvette dual master moves fluid through steel lines to ’62 Ford binders out back and ’40 Ford binders in front. Bringing it to the
street with plenty of show rod class, a set of 16-inch ’40 Ford steelies wear Firestone/Coker big ’n’ littles topped with cool, flipper-style caps.
For a wicked mill to power the coupe, Keith located a ’52 Olds V-8 that actually ran in a ’39 Willys
Gasser back in the day, still complete and wearing its speed parts. To get it back in top shape he had New Generation Machine of Fonthill massage it to 303 ci and turned it over to Tyson Gerrie of Caledonia for assembly. The block was packed with a stock crank and rods topped with pistons from Egge Machine. A set of warmed-over ’56 Olds heads make plenty of power while an old experimental Engle cam sets a beat. Up top a vintage Edelbrock OE7 six-deuce intake wears a squadron of Holley 94-series carbs with a custom progressive linkage capped by a set of frogmouth air cleaners. A Ronco Magneto sparks it all to life with gases dumping through a set of Binbrook custom headers. Other neat bits include an Offy water crossover, Hurst engine mounts, and copious amounts of chrome plating. For fast getaways a tweaked Chevy S-10 five-speed trans links to a custom driveshaft.
With all the time the body shared with the elements it was still relatively clean. Keith got busy injecting plenty of ’60s styling into the mix, starting with a well-balanced 6-inch chop followed by a 4-inch channel, custom floor, and filled cowl vent. He followed removing the windshield header, filling the firewall, and recessed it to accommodate the magneto and adding an 8-inch chopped Deuce grille shell. Once the bodywork was completed and blocked to perfection he turned it over to AJ Cafaro at Royal Rod and Custom to lay down a dramatic House of Kolor silver flake and Candy Apple Red accented by Snow White Pearl bringing it all to life.
Inside the Model T it’s all business with a ’36 Ford dash filled with Stewart-Warner dials to monitor the vitals while a vintage aluminum Aquabird boat steering wheel navigates the course and a custom shifter pulls gears. Brent Woods of Toronto then covered the custom seats and all related panels in pleated white pearl Naugahyde accented by red flake piping, complemented by black loop carpeting with gold piping. Throughout the build Keith received plenty of help from his brother, Brian, as well as friends Chris Matthon, Mark Winch, Paul Gillespie, Wayne Sipos, and Mickey T. This T coupe raises the bar on cool ’60s styling while packing a healthy Olds punch, and we dig it.
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