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Cool new hot rod projects near completion
It may have been cold and inhospitable throughout December, but for many hot rodders in cosy garages, it was a time to use the holiday period to work on their projects. Such was the case for Keith Atkinson who is now approaching the light at the end of the tunnel with regards to his chopped ’32 sedan. Keith disassembled the rolling chassis, and had Tracy Chantry lay down the customary “Atkinson orange” over the frame rails. As you can see, the 502 cube Chevy, Turbo 350, 9inch Ford rear and related suspension and steering components are now back in place and the complete rolling chassis is awaiting the body, which has been chopped four inches and will feature matching orange paintwork with pinstriping and a full cloth roof insert. A contrasting black diamond stitched leather interior will feature along with a pair of comfy Jaguar bucket seats. Wheels are ET mags at the back with skinny 145 section radials on Halibrands up front. Keith reckons the build should be complete sometime later this year – we can hardly wait.
Rolling chassis now completed and awaiting the body
Sedan will be painted to match Keith's Roadster, though without the flames
Cloth roof insert will be retained
You could never accuse hot rodder and custom painter Keith Baker of being conformist, and the latest ’32 roadster to emerge from his workshop, a joint project with owner Dave Belcher, is a case in point. Between them, they have produced one very subtle looking hot rod, no doubt aided by the bronze pearlescent blue paintwork and unique graphics, that hide some very neat metal work. Check out the peaked grille and matching spreader bar, sculptured corners of the hood sides and the hand-formed, extended spear of the Duval screen. The car may look restrained but those meaty rear Hoosiers hint at the performance potential. Under the hood is a custom-built 514cu. in. Ford Motorsport V8 pushing out 620hp and driving through an equally special Art Carr C6 three-speed auto transmission. Dave employed Keith to paint the car and then had him and his wife Karen stitch up that custom two-tone grey leather interior. Considering this is the first interior trim the duo have undertaken, we reckon they’ve done a brilliant job, especially when you look at the details incorporated into the inside of the trunk lid. The car is now back with Dave who we understand is in the throes of firing up that motor for the first time. With a lumpy solid lifter cam installed, it should rock nicely as well as sound absolutely fantastic.
Subtle body shade hides not so subtle motor. Check out the peaked grille, shaped hood sides and windscreen spear
Inerior trim has been handled by Keith and wife Karen
You can see the side graphics better in this shot. The hood has been stretched by about 3.5 inches
Story: Andy Kirk
Photos: Keith Atkinson & Keith Baker