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Keith MacIn­tyre’s ’27 Ford

Street Rodder - - Contents - BY CHUCK VRANAS ■ PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY THE AU­THOR

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.

For the dig­i­tal ex­pe­ri­ence: https://bit.ly/2GHEo4J

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