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1934 Ford Flashback by Rick Dore


   Renowned Kar Kustomizer Rick Dore's Art Deco-influenced 1934 Ford Roadster is the perfect example of his gifted sensibility for design. In a world where 1934 Ford street rods are commonplace, Rick's approach stands out, winning top honors at the 2004 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, including Best of Show and the Ford Heritage Award, among many others.

   Starting with a Stage 3 TCI chassis, Rick then used a billet Air Ride Technologies ShockWave to allow the Ford nine-inch rear to be raised and lowered four inches to achieve that special stance. The front uses a TCI dropped axle with disc brakes and the entire undercarriage has been chrome plated. The frame has been powder-coated medium texture black and the underside of the body undercoated similarly.

   The motor is a new aluminum-head 345-horsepower Ford Racing 302 crate motor dressed with chrome accessories that reflect on the polished stainless steel firewall. The motor is hooked to a new Ford C-4 automatic and breathes through Hooker headers with a custom Flowmaster 2.5-inch exhaust and mufflers. A new U.S. Radiator and cooling fan keeps the ticker at the proper temperature.

   Covering the motor is a chrome-plated Valley stainless grille. The chromed, one-off DuVall-styled windshield frame, designed by Dore, was chopped one inch with the A-pillars angled parallel to one another. Out back, the rear pan was extended 13 inches, and 1936 Ford rear fenders with flush-mounted fender skirts were fabricated from scratch. All four corners of the electrically operated trunk lid have been suitably radiused.

   The interior's custom inner door panels, bucket seats, and Colorado Custom two-piece billet tilt-column steering wheel have been upholstered in white Italian Mother of Pearl vinyl. The dashboard, tops of the doors, and area behind the seats have all been sculpted and flow down into the center console. The dash uses a gauge surround designed by Motorhead Jewelry and encapsulates a pair of Classic Instruments backed by a Gibson guitar Mother of Pearl insert.


-words by Bonhams
-photo cred : Rick Dore & Galpin Classics

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