Willett Specials Chicago
"Hot Rod Special"
Hot Rod Special

"Hot Rod Special"

The "Hot Rod Special "is a contemporary version of a 1932 roadster with 1950’s styling and 2001 technology. This is a nostalgic hot rod with period influence from the early road racers like the AK Miller cars. Almost every item used in the construction of this vehicle has been modified, hand fabricated or custom built for the "Hot Rod Special".

Look in the future for this car to be available in a limited production "Signature Series". Contact Harry Willett for more information: 708.361.4592

Features:
- 1950 period styling
- All steel 1932 Ford roadster
- V10 Viper all alum engine
- 6speed transmission
- Independent front and rear suspension
- Custom rail and tubular chassis
- Floor set down into frame rails
- Roll bar and cage
- Exposed rivets
- Belly pans, rockers, roll pan, and head rest
- Hanging pedals
- Period style knock off wheels
- Channeled body tapered
- Minimal interior
- Period style paint
- Minimal exposed polishing or plating
- Removable tunnel and floor
- Double firewall and floor
- Removable body panels

Engine:
- Viper 8.0L (488cid) ten cylinder, 90 degree V – type lightweight, single cam, overhead valve.
- 460 Horsepower 500 lb-ft of torque
- A-356 aluminum block and heads
- Twin 64mm throttle bodies
- Stainless steel tubular headers
- 9.6:1 compression ratio
- Forged aluminum pistons
- Forged steel rods
- Forged steel crank
- Hydraulic roller lifters
- Magnesium valve covers

Transmission:
- Tremec T-56 / 6speed
- Fabricated shifter
Clutch
- Single dry type clutch and disc
- Diaphragm type pressure plate
- 12.25" clutch disc
Body:
1932 Ford roadster all steel
Modified body fabrications:
- Body channeled and tapered
- Upper cowl sectioned
- 3.5" added to upper cowl panel
- 2" added to side cowl panels
- 3" added to door frames and panels
- Wheel housing raised 2.75"
- Wheel housing centered
-Dash sectioned
- Deck lid reversed hinged
- Deck lid lower edge body worked
- Upper deck panel
Fabricated body parts:
- Inner wheel housings
- 4" added to hood and side panels
- Rocker panels and door sills
- Dash instrument pod and panels
- Deck hinges and structural supports
- Firewall inner and outer
- Floor inner and outer - removable
- Transmission tunnel - removable
- Battery and storage sections
- Trunk floor and panels
- Headrest
- Rocker side panels
- Rear roll pan
- Seats and seat tracks
- Interior panels
- Grill insert
- Windshield
- Body mounts

Chassis:
- Fabricated 116" wheel base
- Mild steel construction
- Lower rails – 32 style modified features – Boxed, shaved, c-notched, and pinched in front and rear
- Upper rails – structurally tied front to rear with 1-1/2" tubular upper chassis, 1-1/2" tubular cage and roll bar, 1-5/8 " tubular cross member and transmission mount
- Front motor mounts 1-1/2" tubular with urethane mounts
- Rear transmission mount 1-5/8" tubular with factory mount.

Suspension:
- Independent front and rear suspension
- Stainless steel spindles
- Stainless steel tubular upper and lower control arms
- Billet adjustable coil over shocks
- Disc brakes
- Rack and pinion steering
- Urethane bushings
- Cast aluminum alloy center section housing
- Ford 9" third member
- 3:50 posi-traction
- Inboard disc brakes
- Heavy duty steel half shafts
- Stainless steel tubular lower control arms
- Billet adjustable coil over shocks
- Heat treated aluminum alloy outer uprights
- Corvette bearing and spindle assembly
- Urethane bushings

Wheels:
- Aluminum kidney bean style, knock off
- Front 16 x 7
- Rear 17 x 9.5

 

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