OWNER/BUILDER: Kirk Brown
COMPANY NAME: Crafty-B Nostalgic Speed
HOMETOWN: Byron Center, Michigan
I started with a original Henry Ford steel body roadster that was turned show gasser in the 60's. It's was in tough shape but well worth bringing back. Nose bleed stance with a chromed hand dropped axle, 7 foot long rear ladder bars and extra wide rear fenders that were welded and leaded on. Faded red candy paint covered parts of the body in between the surface rust. There was no floor, the doors were welded shut and the body was channeled over the stock frame 6". In its glory days it was running a early Hemi with a 4 speed and a 57 Chevy rear axle, 10" wide chrome reverse wheels sporting M 50 tires that hung out outside of the already widened fenders.
After careful consideration whether to leave this deuce as a survivor or to bring the car back to something that I could drive daily and showcase a number of my Crafty-B cast aluminum hot rod parts I decided on the rebuild. Starting with the stock frame I kicked the rear up 10" and cut the front frame horns off to get the front axle as low as I could. Stance is everything so there was more than one try to get it where I wanted it. The body was given a new floor and the welded doors where cut free, the rear quarter panel bead line was moved up 2 1/2" so it would be in the same centerline line as the wheel/tire. Custom twin mini hoods up front along with a my CB cast aluminum RACER X grill, the custom low profile windshield was made by hand from 8 different castings and tig welded together. The rear trunk lid was reshaped with radiused corners and a flush fit, as the build progressed the details increased, there are over 65 handmade parts on the Crafty B Roadster and most of them are cast aluminum so a casting pattern had to be made first.