Street Machine - - Readers’ Rockets -

“COME here kid­dies; let me tell you the story of Franken-rod. It started as a 1928 five-win­dow coupe shell, which would have been ear­marked for a resto in any­one else’s hands, but the mad sci­en­tist John Baker had other ideas – he con­structed it from eight dif­fer­ent cars! After a while with the Baker fam­ily it was moved on, and even­tu­ally found its way to me. The body is chan­nelled four inches, with the roof height be­ing stock; the fire­wall is a widened Chevy truck and the cowl vent is from a 1939 Pon­tiac. Up front the car runs a Su­per Bell 4in-dropped I-beam with stock re­verse-eye spring, ’48 Ford stub axles and Camira steer­ing rack. The en­gine is a 360ci V8 Chrysler from a 1974 Dodge truck, backed by a col­umn-shift 904 Torque­flite from a mild 70s Chrysler. The 8¾-inch Dodge diff was short­ened four inches, with Moser axles, 3.23:1 gears and a True­trac hemi­sphere out of a 1970 Dodge Phoenix. The in­te­rior fea­tures a 1953 Ply­mouth Cran­brook dash and in­stru­ments, with a match­ing over­head con­sole that holds the ra­dio. Steer­ing is via a 1969 Oldsmo­bile Cut­lass tilt col­umn with an old 19.5-inch boiler bull­wheel for the steer­ing wheel. The chas­sis has been fine-filed and painted in House Of Kolor Emer­ald met­alflake over a black base, while the body is painted FJ Holden Sage Green with flat­tener in it. Pin­strip­ing and art­work was done by ‘Skid’ Marks of Goul­burn. She’s not a show car, but she is all steel and on full rego, so I can get her out for a cruise when­ever I want.” Pho­tos: Ben Hosk­ing

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