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Chapman’s 1933 Ford Named America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod

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Pleasanton, CA – On a sun soaked afternoon in Pleasanton California, Harold & Tracy Chapman’s “Pretty Penny” 1933 Ford roadster from Andice, Texas – a coach-built, copper colored full fendered masterpiece, won the Goodguys 2013 Flowmaster “America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod” award.

The Chapman’s accepted the prestigious award in front of a packed house during the Goodguys 27th annual Flowmaster West Coast Nationals – the largest gathering of rods & customs in the West. The win capped off a big year for the roadster which has been shown at all the nation’s biggest events this season. It received “Best Rod” at the Detroit AutoRama and was a top 5 finalist for numerous other major awards this season including America’s Most Beautiful Roadster, Goodguys Street Rod d’Elegance and Goodguys Street Rod of the Year among others before breaking through for a big win last weekend.

The roadster was a long time in the making. It bounced around unfinished in several hi-profile shops for at least ten years before Harold Chapman scooped it up. His in-house fab shop, Customs & Hot Rods of Andice, finished the project in time to debut at January’s Grand National Roadster Show where it was one of the favorites for the AMBR.

Upon first glance, seasoned car guys can sense something unique in the roadster’s elegant flowing lines.  The heavily modified top was moved back an inch and a half – no easy feat! Countless hours went into finessing the fit and finish before the PPG Pretty Penny paint was applied. Over 100 parts and pieces were custom-machined in house for the project.

The underside of the car is a work of art with a boxed and dimpled frame, a one-off aluminum hairpin and dropped axle assembly, and a full custom four-link rear with a Currie rear end. Brakes are Wilwood rear discs and modified So-Cal Faux Brakes up front. Evod Industries machined the dished, bronze-coated wheels designed by Jimmy Smith.

A Roush 427 Ford is featured under the hood with a custom-scooped TWN injection system and AFR heads. The transmission is a TKO-600 with a modified ’36 Ford shifter and one-off bezel.

The custom wrap-around dash is now two inches taller than stock and filled with a flipped Studebaker gauge cluster with custom internals by Classic Instruments. A Greening Auto wheel and column-mounted tach round things out. Chapman’s in-house trimmer, Jay Schuler made the bench seat and stitched the custom pleated leather.

Drivability? Chapman is not the least bit afraid to test the car’s limits after a season of mostly showing off. He’ll join Goodguys Street Rod of the Year winner Ron Cizek, Andy Leach and the Ridler-winning ’40 Ford among other high profile cars (such as George Poteet’s ’69 Torino) on the 2,000-mile Goodguys Texas Road Tour which heads from Pleasanton, CA to Ft Worth, Texas later this fall.

For the big win in Pleasanton, Chapman will receive a custom toolbox from Snap-on as well as travel accommodations to the Goodguys 16th Southwest Nationals November 15-17 in Scottsdale, Arizona to join the “Champion’s Arena” display featuring Goodguys’ Top 12 Cars of the Year.

The Top 5 finalists for the Goodguys 2013 Flowmaster America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod included George Sepulveda, Lake Havasu (’38 Ford), Denny Olson, Enumclaw, WA (’34 Dodge Pickup), Caryn Gulas, Austin, TX (’37 Ford), Ron Cizek, Bennington, NE (’40 Ford) and Harold Chapman, Andice, TX (’33 Ford).

Story & photos supplied by Goodguys’ John Drummond.

1 Comment

  1. wayne says:

    I’m glad he’ll drive it. So many customs never get driven. Yes there pieces of art but all cars need to be driven. All my cars are driven all the time. It’s what there made to do..

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