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1933 Ford roadster, Factory Five, 340 Chrysler Six-Pack, custom paint, neon,

For sale: 1933 Ford Other Roadster

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Macedonia, Ohio, United States
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The idea is insanely clever: build a cool hot rod using donor parts from one of the most popular high-performance cars of the past 30 years. Give it all the traditional hot rod looks with modern performance and reliability, nd with what is arguably the world’s biggest aftermarket parts market, ake it infinitely upgradeable with bolt-on gear. That’s the idea behind Factory 5’s 1933 Ford roadster, hich builds on Mustang 5.0 components and a lot of custom-built hardware to create a very usable roadster that’ll go cross-country without a second thought.

This particular Factory 5 roadster is called the “Hulkster,” and it comes by its name honestly. Part of a display that included a 9-foot tall Hulk statue from one of the motion pictures, t was a smash hit at shows around the country. It was built by the experts at Boitnott’s Custom in Fairfield, hio and their impeccable workmanship is visible everywhere you look. There’s no question that it’s a 1933 Ford roadster, ut the fiberglass body has been stretched, ontoured, moothed, nd reproportioned to improve comfort and handling without losing that vintage hot rod look. The guys at Boitnott’s did an incredible job on the build, inishing the fiberglass to show levels before starting on the multiple layers of paint, bviously designed to resemble the Incredible Hulk growing out of his clothes. The outer layer of “clothing” is a beautiful dark blue/purple metallic that simply glows in the sun thanks to lots of pearl thrown into the mix. There are actually subtle ghost flames up front, s if to imply that if it hadn’t started shedding that outer layer, ou’d see a wonderfully slick dark blue rod with a very cool paint job.

The airbrushed graphics simulating the shedding paint are absolutely spectacular and the illusion is extremely convincing. I can’t imagine how many layers of paint and custom airbrush work were required to achieve the effect, ut it absolutely looks three-dimensional and incredibly intricate. Hand-applied pinstripes outline the layers and it was all buried under a few layers of clear so it could be color sanded and buffed to a show-quality finish. Panel gaps are exacting, he doors open and close easily, nd the gloss is unbelievable. Have you ever won a “Best Paint” trophy at a car show? This car will do it for you.

The interior is no less stunning and despite the low-slung roadster look, t’s plenty spacious for even people over six feet tall. Custom bucket seats have an old-school look, ike the wrap-around chairs from a Cobra (this is Factory 5, fter all), nd they’ve been wrapped in glove-soft blue leather with black highlights that recall vintage GT40 and Ferrari upholstery. A custom center console was fabbed up and tucked in between the seats and plush carpets were expertly trimmed to fit neatly in the Ford’s footwells. Features include a tilt steering column with a custom billet wheel wrapped in matching blue leather, brushed stainless instrument panel with Auto Meter gauges, nd a killer Alpine stereo system with a touch screen and a set of big amps and subwoofers in the trunk (more on that in a moment). All the secondary controls such as headlights, nterior lights (green LEDs), nd the master electrical cut-off switch are all stashed under the dash so there’s nothing to clutter the ultra-clean look. Simpson harnesses were installed to keep everyone safe, nd you’ll be glad to have them once you experience the slingshot-like acceleration this car delivers. The trunk is fully upholstered to match, ith custom panels to hide the gas tank and suspension and designed to showcase the custom Kicker amplifier installation. More green LEDs and a “Hulkster” emblem make this a car that begs to go to car shows.

The Hulkster strays a bit from the Factory 5 formula under the hood. Because it was built by a Mopar fanatic, nstead of the usual Ford 5.0 you’ll find a built 340 cubic inch Chrysler V8 living under the forward-tilting hood. Built to be both reliable and potent, t’s got an upgraded cam, orted heads, nd three brand new Demon carbs up top that do a pretty good impression of an original Six Pack setup. The block is painted bright green to go with the Hulkster theme, nd anything that wasn’t painted got chromed or polished to make a show-quality engine bay. Finned Mopar Performance valve covers got a shot of matching blue/purple paint and there’s a serpentine drive for the accessories to ensure reliability at high speeds. The usual hot rod stuff like a big aluminum radiator with transmission cooler, lectric fan, nd a set of ceramic-coated long-tube headers went in as well, aking the Hulkster as easy to drive as a late-model Miata. While you’re looking around in there, ou’ll also note Factory 5’s ultra-trick inboard suspension system, hich offers coil-over shocks actuated by pushrods, hich not only improves handling but keeps the front suspension clean uncluttered. The engine starts easily without being cranky, ven when it’s cold, nd the cackle through the custom stainless dual exhaust is quite appropriate for the musclebound roadster.

Underneath, ou’ll find Factory 5’s custom tubular steel frame, pecifically designed for this car and incorporating decades of engineering improvements over an original ’33 Ford ladder setup. Heavily reinforced and triangulated, t makes a rigid platform for the Hulkster, o you don’t have to worry about hustling through the twisties or future issues with chassis flex and fiberglass bodywork. The front suspension uses tubular A-arms and Mustang spindles, s well as rack-and-pinion steering, hile the rear end is a very clever 3-link set up with a Panhard rod which both rides better and offers improved handling over the intended Mustang 4-link setup. The transmission is a built 727 TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic with a high-stall torque converter and a shift kit, o if you’re not careful the Hulkster will bark the tires on both shifts, nd a custom driveshaft feeds a bulletproof Mustang 8.8-inch rear end with 3.55 gears inside, great compromise between acceleration and handling (a car this light doesn’t need a lot of gear to get rolling). Massive Cobra-spec disc brakes with cross-drilled rotors and powdercoated calipers live at all four corners and look great through the spokes of the custom 17- and 20-inch Torque Thrust wheels. The big-n-little tire combination is a modern twist on an old favorite, ith 245/40/17 front and giant 295/30/20 rear performance radials.

Expertly built and showing just test-and-tune miles, his is a show-stopping hot rod that’s fully sorted and ready to rock. And unlike so many creaky old-school builds, his one rides and handles like a modern sports car with the suspension and braking to deliver the kind of performance that the outrageous look suggests. The Hulkster is a show-stopper, nd it drives even better than it looks.

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